Conversations with Dad

On Saturday afternoon, my son Gary and I dropped by to see Dad. Gary has this wonderful joie de vivre. He walked into the Alzheimer’s unit with a big smile. He saw my dad and gave him the family two-note whistle (up, down, up down, up down).

(Just a side note…I think that’s such a smart way to greet someone with dementia. Other family members go up to Dad, expecting him to remember them. Not fair! Too hard! Gary greeted Dad as if to say, “Hey! I know you!) 

Dad’s face lit up–not sure at that point if he recognized Gary or if he just was pleased to have company…but then he shuffled up to Gary. When Dad reached Gary, he leaned over and tightened up his tie knot. It’s something he has done with his grandsons for years! Such a grandfatherly thing to do.

Such a small moment…but it warmed our hearts.

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. Mocha with Linda says:

    So sweet. How special it is to have moments of normal occasionally!

  2. diana says:

    Love it…very touching!

  3. Dan Endy says:

    That's cool. That would qualify as what my pastor calls postcards from heaven. God just chose to do something cool to brighten your day. Life is hard but God is good!