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Montana 123
Mama to Three Little Monkeys
05:57 PM on 11/29/2012
What an incredible young lady you are.
03:59 PM on 11/29/2012
Well, between this story and the story about the NY policeman who bought a homeless man a pair of shoes, I am no longer wearing any mascara.
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TapestryMood
Don't trickle down on my parade!
08:22 PM on 11/29/2012
x2...tears streaming down my face......she is so much like my much older daughter, too:>)
09:11 PM on 11/29/2012
Kudos to you for raising such a wonderful daughter.

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ThriftyHippy
03:52 PM on 11/29/2012
A "real" father is one that is there for you. You father is there for you as you are there for him. You are a caring and bright girl and you will go far in this world. I wish you and your family all the best.
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KMBerger
"Cui adhaereo, prae est,"
03:33 PM on 11/29/2012
Touching story and impressive writing. You have many skills, young grasshopper and a caring heart. Go forth, study hard, learn from both books and from the caregiving. I see a bright future for you.
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03:32 PM on 11/29/2012
no one knows why, but smokers rarely get parkinson's disease. just one of those odd facts of life.
he must have been a good dad tho to get this kind of loyalty.
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boomer59
03:17 PM on 11/29/2012
Beautiful.
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dondon7777
03:17 PM on 11/29/2012
Lily, you are a blessing and an inspiration. Thousands of us will pray for your strength enough grace to see you through.
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fratricide08
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03:11 PM on 11/29/2012
Lily, from someone whose dad died just months after I was born, please tell your dad that he is a real dad. I'd give anything for just ONE memory of my father to call my own but it wasn't meant to be. Your dad has given you thousands and raised an incredible young woman despite the illness he suffers. He is as real as any father even stepfathers who step up to the plate to raise kids and he is very obviously loved. Good luck to you both!
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strafem2
03:11 PM on 11/29/2012
Ms Cohen walks among the Saints .
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newworldman777
What would our future 7th generation think of us?
03:10 PM on 11/29/2012
Selfish, for an older man like this to have children at his age.
07:55 PM on 11/29/2012
Yes, how selfish was he to give the world an intelligent, caring, and hard working daughter? Sheesh!
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newworldman777
What would our future 7th generation think of us?
11:49 AM on 11/30/2012
Yeah...a daughter...a mere CHILD, who now must take care of her decrepit old father with serious health issues.
10:51 AM on 11/30/2012
How is that selfish? His age has nothing to do with his condition. Parkinson's can strike at any time. You never know when tragedy can strike, by those terms everyone is selfish to have children. My mom died when I was 13, therefore this man has had more time with his daughter then I had with my mom, and she was only 28 when she had me.
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newworldman777
What would our future 7th generation think of us?
11:47 AM on 11/30/2012
My sympathies to you about yer mom. But please...the chances of a man his age having a child and remaining healthy to take care of that child until maturity drops sharply, to near miniscule levels. It's just reality. You can ignore reality if you want to...that's certainly yer prerogative, but that doesn't make the reality just go away.
02:55 PM on 11/29/2012
Your dad is a lucky man to have such a daughter.
02:44 PM on 11/29/2012
Your dad is a lucky man.
01:32 PM on 11/29/2012
God bless you, dear. You are absolutely lovely and your father must be, too. Your words really touched me and made a difference. Thanks!
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Suzanne Mcnabb Tobin
Please all please none
12:31 PM on 11/29/2012
I am in awe of your beautiful gift - not only that of a writer, but also, that of a devoted caregiver...for many, the care of an aging parent is a burden to be borne, it is done lovingly but also with a tinge of anger, perhaps it is that the state our elderly parents are in is really only just around the corner for us. Your father is truly blessed to have a young and vibrant daughter willing to share her time with him. But, you are blessed as well to be given this extraordinary time with your father.

The mother of a friend of my son's reflected that her son's death was easier to bare because the year before he died, she had been thrust back in the dance of Mother as caregiver to her teenage son, because he had been in a previous accident. She became so much closer to him than most mother's get to their teenage sons that she felt it was a gift to have had that time.

Regarding the "normal" family? It is a dream designed by Hollywood and Politics as a form of propaganda to encourage the creation of little tax payers. A true normal "family" is based upon love and shared goals and experience. In that my dear, you family is perfectly and wonderfully normal.
12:31 PM on 11/29/2012
A beautifully-written statement of the love between this daughter and her father.