My daughters surprised me with what is unquestionably one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received. Because only one (Becky) lives in Rhode Island, two of them were present via Skype. Nevertheless, the spirit of all three girls was evident in the thoughtfulness of the gift.
They gave me a large blanket (approximately 5 x 8) which was actually a collage of family photos. I’ve never seen anything like it — it was strikingly beautiful with great photos of me with my daughters, my wife, my grandchildren, and my extended family. For someone who has always been obsessed with pictures, this was truly the best way to cheer me up during this period of incredible stress and sadness.
As a parent, you always wonder how your kids will perform in difficult times. You hope that you instilled in them the tools to deal with tough situations. Well, Gary, your daughters have truly stepped up to the plate and are coming through for you. They have all been wonderful since I received my death sentence and I feel blessed to have them around me (even if sometimes it is only via Skype). This wonderful surprise is just one example of their support and thoughtfulness.