04/10/10 - Ginkgo
I was torn between posting an azalea blossom shot taken in Dad's yard or this Ginkgo tree leaf shot taken in Albemarle on the drive home yesterday. I think others had posted the same azalea blossom, so although pretty, I went with the Gingko leaves.
This is another plant that has special childhood meaning. When my Mom and Dad moved to their house in 1964, the acre yard was barren except for one large sycamore. Dad set out to move a few things from his mother's farm, like the wisteria, and also ended up planting 3 Gingko trees. They were always so beautiful. Dad talked often about planting them and how much he liked them. I was always fascinated at the fan-shaped leaves. We enjoyed spotting them together on our travels over the years especially since leaving the yard in NJ in 1979 and remembering the good 'ol days.
I am back in Raleigh. I'm sure I'll be headed back to Monroe sooner rather than later. Dad's condition although much improved in the hospital from when they first took him in is not good. They did an echocardiagram of his heart yesterday, something he's been having done yearly, and the results were not what we wanted. He had rheumatic fever as a child that left him with a damaged valve and a murmur. Well, the valve that has always leaked is now at the severe level. If Dad was in better health, they could try replacing the valve, but he's not in good enough health for the surgery. They will try to adjust his meds adding one more new one in the hopes that they can stop the fluid build up that's starting and make him comfortable and give us some more time. Lots of uncertainty and as the only child things I need to be doing. It's overwhelming.
I'm taking the kids to a Frog Fest event at a local park today and am going to try to focus on just enjoying them for a few hours.
I am able to read your comments on my BB when traveling, and I can comment on the computer for a brief time late at night or early morning from Dad's. Thanks to those that stopped by with best wishes or comments about the blue dogbane (thanks Graham) from yesterday.