Another week has passed since I made my last notes. Dad has enjoyed a real bounce in both energy and appetite, and he’s bent on putting both himself and me back into play in our Serving Leader project. Mom, Dad, and I all know that this bounce is only temporary, that, in fact, it might be very short-lived. We want to make the most of it.

Yesterday I reviewed with him the work I’ve done so far, showed him my journal, and talked at length about what I’ve been learning. I watched him intently while he read—saw his smiles, his nods, and at times his outright laughter. And I was riveted to his face for a couple of incredible moments when he stopped his reading, tears in his eyes, to look up at me.

“This is really good,” he ...

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