wow, what a great visit i had with my parents! I went last Wednesday and stayed through until an early, early 4am wake-up call this morning! Since my dad has been dealing with cancer last year, i have been going down to see them more often than i used to. When dad was feeling worse, i felt i was really needed there, and now, it is simply good for support for my mom & dad and family time together. I get a nice break and we are all very relaxed. Dad is really doing okay; he truly is a fighter. He is undergoing chemotherapy again, but at a lower dose. It's a little debilitating he says (the treatment) but he is still going strong. We celebrated his 76th birthday while i was there, and these pictures were taken right before we went out to our favorite restaurant in Bradenton, Ezra's. Do you see the very bright and very snazzy shirt and stylin' jacket i am wearing? Well, there is a story behind that . . .
One afternoon while i was there my dad came into the living room and said to me, “let’s gO!” I did not know where we were going or what we were doing, but of course i said, sure! He took me to a local store that sells nice women’s & men’s clothes. Some of them were funky and very cool looking, and looked a lot like what my mom would pick to wear. When I asked him what we were doing, he told me he thought *I* might like to pick something out for myself—he wanted to buy me an outfit!! Wow, this was a complete surprise. I thought we were looking for something for my mom! So, I went ahead and chose this really interesting shirt in wild colors that fits like a leotard. That was settled, and then my dad asked the salesperson what would go nicely with that?! I ended up with a really pair of nice pants and a matching cropped jacket! I was almost shocked at my dad's thoughtfulness, but not really. The truth is I rarely buy clothes for myself because I would just get paint on them!! This is a great outfit that i know i will dress up in a lot and always think of my dad and the sunshine he always brings his 'girls' - my mom, my sister Kathy and me! i love you dad. yours, lenna young andrews - October 12th, 2009