Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dear Kids,
     The big news of the week is Monica’s notice on Facebook, and if you didn’t see it, she posted: BOY! I presume that means a little Prendergast boy will be born in July. Great news! A girl would have been great, too, of course. We hope everything goes well.
     I had fun today at David Tregaskis’s wedding, although I was too tired to go alone to the reception tonight, and Dad’s doing the Blue and Gold Banquet. (He made a big pot of spaghetti and meatball sauce and took it.) Anyway, at the wedding, I had a lot of time to talk to my siblings, while we waited for the luncheon. Bonnie is making all the decisions for Grandma and Grandpa now, and they’ve started hospice treatment. Generally that means the person (or persons) are expected to die within six months, although Charlie said a woman in his ward just died after four years on hospice. Most of us don’t think Grandma will last six months, and Grandpa will probably follow her pretty soon after that. Grandma passed out in Bonnie’s car last week, coming home from a hair appointment, but she revived on her own. She and Grandpa have asked that no paramedics are to be called, no matter what. Their lives have shrunk down to their family room and the bathroom, and the hallway in between, and when you consider what they used to do, they don’t have much quality of life left. Earth life, that is. The good thing about hospice is that they have nurses, hairdressers, grief counselors, and even a chaplain. Bonnie said the chaplain read scriptures with them and sang a couple of songs, and Grandpa loved it. He thought the chaplain was his new home teacher. My brother Andy says if he gets laid off from Thiokol, he’ll become a chaplain. He says the training is pretty easy. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what’s going on with Grandma and Grandpa so you’ll be prepared, if that’s possible.
     Tom and Kim will be in charge of our Ackerson family reunion this summer, and we’ve tentatively set the date for August 18-20. If you have a conflict, please let Tom know as soon as possible. There will be an Allen family reunion too, at Riverwooods Park, probably the middle week in July. I’ll let you know the exact date when I find out.
     I’ll be cooking Sunday dinner this coming Sunday, the 20th. We’ll try to eat at 4:30. Let me know if you’re coming, so we can set enough places!
     Hope you’re all doin’ great and lovin’ it!
     Love, Mom