Thought Catalog: The Last Good Bye With My Dad

Posted June 9, 2014 by jimhigley


I’m proud to be a featured Parenting Contributor on Thought Catalog. If you haven’t heard of Thought Catalog, it’s “one part diary, one part humor, one part intellectual musings, one part sentimentalism, one part pop culture, one part experimentalism. It is a mixed bag of content from many different voices, from writers who have been published by the likes of Slate, The New York Times, The Paris Review…”

I’m happy to be part of the Thought Catalog family. And I hope you enjoy some of my work there.

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 11.57.09 AMThe moment I spoke the words, I wanted to reel them back.

Was that the best I could offer my 72 year-old father as he lay in his hospital bed during the final hours of his two-year battle with cancer?

When I first walked in his room, his eyes were closed, allowing me the opportunity to pause and watch the rising and lowering of the thin, institutional blanket draped over his torso and legs. That was followed by the all-too-familiar hugging of other family members sitting by his side. That was followed by my all-too-familiar whispering to them asking how dad was doing. (READ MORE…)

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