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Last weekend I visited my father in the hospital, where he recovers after another, and more serious than ever before, cardiovascular surgery. It has definitely begun that I cannot take his existence for granted any more. He was in a brilliant mood and good form ‚Äď talking, laughing, walking us to the cafeteria, discussing things. Had I not known of the surgery, I might not have suspected it. But that was the first day he was so well, my mother said.

This is from my parents' golden wedding anniversary last fall, where I had the honor that they chose one of my pictures as the "official" one.

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A few weeks ago my mother finally did the long-planned journey to show her sons (and their respective wives) the place in Gdansk where she lived as a child in WW II, as well as the traces of german cultural history in Gdansk and in the area. My father, recovering from (fully successful) surgery, was still too weak to come, and the date could not be shifted any more.

my wife, sister-in-law, brother, and mother in the cafť "Goldwasser" in Gdansk

my wife, sister-in-law, brother, and mother in the café "Goldwasser" in Gdansk

Besides the historic inner city of Gdansk, or rather what had been rebuilt after the war, we visited the Vistula Spit and the immensely impressive Marienburg castle. See the pictures at smugmug, if you like. (Captions only in German, though.)
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Today is my father's 72nd birthday, and I called him in the morning. I know he isn't the healthiest man in the world any more, mostly due to cardiovascular problems (which are treated well, though). Just like the first, his second cataract surgery went extremely well a few weeks ago. He will need a new hearing aid, as the old one didn't cope well with the machine washing. Fortunately it was old and probably due for replacement soon anyway. I hope his health problems will all stay as treatable as they are ‚Äď up to now there is nothing to be too afraid of.

He and my mother are having old friends for a visit for some days. Right now they are probably sitting on the porch in front of their camper together with my brother and his family including his in-laws and his granddaughter. I'd have come if they had a real celebration, but the 300 km are a bit too much for just dropping by.

The picture is from the celebration of his 70th.

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Visiting the funeral service of a friend's father yesterday shook me more than I had expected. He had had Alzheimer's for 8 years, and his death is not only cause of grief, but certainly also a kind of relief for the family. Still it made me sad to think about him, a former mathematics professor and someone whom I admired for his intellectual capacity, being deprived of exactly this and suffering without being able to understand for years.


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