Sep 152012

So, you never expect to start your week with your father-in-law keeling over in your guest bedroom, but here we are.

After a cardiac arrest on Sunday morning, Bob passed away Thursday afternoon. It’s been a crazy, horrible, surreal week of anxious waiting at hospital bedsides, making sure we have enough cereal and clean laundry, nervously anticipating EEG results, shuttling the kids to school and swimming and gymnastics. There’s plenty to be thankful for: that it happened here instead of on the road, that we live ten minutes from a heart hospital, that Andy’s brother and sister could get here quickly, that Bob could pass without being aware, surrounded by his family. But that doesn’t make it any easier to see my mother-in-law without her husband of 53 years, my husband without his father, my kids without a grandfather.

We head up to the lake this weekend to say our good-byes. If you’re the type to send prayers and good thoughts to others, we’d appreciate them.

And if I have any angels reading this (heaven had better have the internet, or I’m not going): that new guy who showed up, you know, the one in the top hat, pince-nez and bathrobe, who’s carrying around his banjo? He’s ours. Take good care of him, please.

  10 Responses to “Bob.”

  1. Praying for you and Andy – and your whole family.
    For strength. Also praying that you will have plenty of time together to share memories about such a special man.

  2. Oh Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss and your entire family’s loss. Thinking happy thoughts and prayers for you all.

  3. So sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to Andy and the entire Worthington family.

  4. Hugs, my friend.

  5. The other night Judson and I did ask Julianne and David to be sure to have Sam and Emilie introduce them to their grandpa Bob. Hugs to you. Please call so we can smother your children and get you some queso.

  6. Oh My Gosh! I am so sorry for your loss. What an insane week for you and your family. My heart goes out to you all. Prayers going up!

  7. Thinking of you and yours during this time.

  8. My heart hurts for you, and your family is in my prayers tonight and this weekend. Never ever easy to say goodbye, that’s for sure.

  9. I just stumbled upon this post from blogher because I was intrigued by the title. And, now I feel a bit akward, but wanted to say – sorry for your loss and I love those last tribute lines. beautiful.

  10. I came across your blog from Blogher too, because the title made me curious. I am so sorry for your loss. But what you wrote was simple and stunning. Good luck to you and your family..

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