Yesterday Christopher’s dad turned 60!
I’ve known him for 10 of those years and I’m married to the guy who’s known him for nearly 29 of them. 🙂 You guys, Tony is a good man. For those who don’t know, Tony has dementia and every year it progresses a little more. It has been a long and heart wrenching process, but there are still some beautiful things to celebrate this weekend.
Christopher has a really close relationship with his dad. Even though his dad worked a lot when Christopher was growing up, Tony was always intentional about time with his sons. I love hearing Christopher’s stories about his growing up years. His dad has given him so much incredible advice over the years. So much of who Christopher is as a man has come from the way his father validated and loved on him all through his growing up years.
Another beautiful thing about Tony is how he has included me in the family since he first met me. A couple of years ago I shared the story about how Tony told me that Christopher was falling in love with me before Christopher actually told me himself. 😉 Tony has always been so kind and loving toward me.
Over the years, the dementia has taken away so much of who Tony has always been, but one thing I love is that his humor is still very much intact. He may not be as witty and clever as he once was, but he still makes jokes and laughs. And I love to hear him laugh. 🙂
So yes, things have changed because of this dementia, but there is still so much worth celebrating over these 60 years! I am so glad that we have had the opportunity to celebrate with them this past weekend! Now we are off to lunch together to continue the celebrations! Enjoy your Labor Day, friends! 🙂