Conversations with Dad

On Monday evening, I ended up at an endodontist needing an emergency root canal after suffering five days with a tooth abscess (I kept hoping it could go away).

On Tuesday morning, before eight o’clock, I received a frantic phone call from my dad’s Board and Care facility.

Dad had gone missing again. (He had made a cunning escape–found a hidden key and exited through the emergency door. Can’t remember what day it is, but can figure out an escape route!)

Two hours later, a police man found him in the Wal-Mart in Pleasanton…about thirty minutes away from where he lives. Dad had walked up to the freeway and was picked up by a motorist. (Later, we found out it was two motorists. One dropped him off in Danville, the other took him to Pleasanton.)

Heart pounding, I zoomed down to the Wal-Mart, kept getting lost, but finally found it. (Once I located it, I felt pretty stupid. Wal-Mart’s are hard to miss; they take up a city block.)

Dad was sitting in the customer service room next to a gigantic police officer, happy to be found. The officer looked pretty happy that Dad was finally claimed, too.

My brother, Dave, called just as we got into the car. I told him that Dad was here, safe and sound. Rubbing my aching jaw, I also told him that I had just had a root canal.

“So, which do you prefer?” Dave asked.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Lily Ann says:

    hmmmm, let me think on that one. I think I would pick the nice long bath at the end of the day–oh wait–that wasn’t an option, was it? Seriously, I talked with you about this yesterday. I felt your panic, concern, and exhaustion. Know that your are loved and being prayed for daily. God Bless the Woods family. I have walked in your shoes, and it’s not enviable.

  2. Mocha with Linda says:

    Having just spent the last 2 days in the ER and then hospital room with my mom, I can soooo relate to the "which do you prefer?" question!

    Bless your heart. Glad you found him safe & sound.

  3. Velda Brotherton says:

    Suzanne, so pleased that your adventures turned out positive. I know you must have been frightened when your Dad made his “cunning escape.” Let’s hope he doesn’t discover yet another way to escape. Thanks so much for putting my blog post in your frightening schedule. I really appreciate it.