- Posted December 26, 2013 by
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2013: Your greatest moment
Greatest moments of 2013
2013 Had many life changing moments for our household…many firsts and a few last...
One of the most meaningful events occurred on Sunday December 22…and is not captured in a photo….but will be forever in my heart….
While at work, I kind 92 year old lucid man (most of my residents are confused), from the old country, was dying from lung cancer….. He insisted I share some struffoli his grandson had brought in for him….
He was on hospice. He had no appetite….but this Italian Christmas treat must have stirred memories of holidays gone by, since he consumed quite a bit of it…..
I do not particularly like struffoli, but how could I refuse? I am grateful that I was wise enough to accept.
While we sat, he told me he knew he was dying soon. He knew he had a long and wonderful life, and stated he did not fear death. He had a wonderful wife for 72 years, three loving sons and daughter in-laws and 10 incredible grandchildren. His only worry was that he would pass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day…..and the holiday would be forever marked by some sadness for his loved ones….
Sal, was hardly ever alone. This was a rare occasion,to not have one of his many loving family members present. It was just the two of us. This would be the last thing I would see him eat…..He could no longer swallow the next day….
Unfortunately he did pass on Christmas day at 7:45 in the morning.
It was the best struffoli I ever had.
Rest in peace Sal…..