The ACME Automated Snow Thrower
Time that is... where does it go? Its been over a month since my last blog entry and I wonder where the time went. We've been busy around the farm(stead) with what seems like never ending renovations, but my blogging motivation has been completely lacking obviously.
Our last week was spent in Colorado Territory. One of the toughest weeks I can recall...
I introduced long time readers of The City Slickers to "The ACME Automated Snow Thrower" (Read the blog entry here... it's short - http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/16583) just over 5 years ago on Feb 5, 2008. Margie's dad Tom, is one of the toughest guys I've ever met. At 80, he spent his days thinning trees at 9000 feet in the Colorado high country 5 days a week for a token $10 an hour. He cut and stacked thousands of cords of wood over the summers he spent in the mountains, and I think he actually tried to work himself to death up in those hills. If you saw what he did, and where he did it, you would be amazed an 80 year old man could begin to tackle the work that had been done.
Fast forward... Pancreatic cancer hit Tom a couple years ago, and though it slowed him down, surgery and chemotherapy slowed the advance of the killer. Up until the end of October 2012, Tom was still cutting wood but had to quit due to heavy snowfall at the elevation he was working. His doctor called him his "miracle patient" as Tom was surviving much longer than most patients with the type of cancer Tom was being ravaged by.
Last Sunday what was to be a fun Super Bowl party with Tom and his family, turned into unanticipated heartbreak for more than the losing team that day. During the 3rd quarter, an ambulance was summoned to take Tom to the hospital. Tom was somehow able to walk out of his home that evening but at the hospital, the news was not good. A massive stroke along with a seizure left Tom unresponsive... he is in hospice care as I write this, but it's only a matter of days until his fight is over.
For a detached family member like me, watching the goings on at the hospital with the immediate families reaction to the situation makes me realize that everyone reacts differently. One size fits all doesn't work at all when it comes to dealing with a family hardship. One thing is sure, I'm going to miss The Acme Automated Snow Thrower.
Update 2/10/2013 RIP - Thanks for everything Tom.