Friday, March 13, 2020

Book Beginning: Losing Mum and Pup


My post is late this week and I won't be posting a lot in the next weeks, I don't imagine. I'll get my Book Beginning posts up, but not many other blog posts for a while.

My beloved dad passed away this week, with his family there and his favorite Elvis gospel album playing.

Last summer, we celebrated Mom and Dad's 80th birthdays with an 80 is Greaty trip to Austria and Italy. Dad was in good heath and we all had a fantastic time. It was the last of so many wonderful family adventures we had with him over the years.

In October, he was diagnosed with AL amyloidosis. He did OK until he didn't. He went downhill fast and hard last week. We spent the last two days listening to him tell stories, map out all his "last wishes," and make calls to his friends and family. He was never in pain.

My dad was the funniest, kindest man I have ever known. He will be missed. RIP


April 14, 2007, began well enough.
-- Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley. It's hard to focus on a book right now, so I am rereading Christopher Buckley's memoir about the deaths of his parents, William F. and Pat Buckley, who died about a year apart. It's a tribute to his parents but also a comfort for any adult going through the loss of older parents.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


She would have made a fantastic spy. She would have made a fantastic anything.

Describing his flamboyant mother, Pat Buckley.


  1. Kind words, no matter how heartfelt and meant, won't make you feel any better at this sad time, I know. But having lost both my own parents, I remember how good it felt to know that I was not alone and others were thinking of me with fondness.

    It sounds as though you have some lovely memories to look back on when you feel a little down, and although rather cliched, the fact that he was not in pain must be of great comfort.

    Take care of yourself and take time to grieve :)


  2. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  3. So sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a marvelous man. You take as much time as you need

  4. My deepest condolences and (((hugs)))

  5. Since we never got a Mr. Linky last week, I was worried about YOU, Gilion. I'm glad you are okay, but so sorry about losing your dad. It isn't easy to lose a parent. I hope you have some time off, to take care of yourself.

  6. My thoughts are with you and your family. It is good that you were with him.


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