FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ A Fearless Fourth
It may not be too shocking of an admission to
make, but I have always loved the Fourth of July
holiday. I love the fireworks, spending time with
friends and loved ones (usually at the beach),
eating corn on the cob and hotdogs, and feeling
Over the past 20 years, however, the Fourth
of July holiday has taken on a significantly
different meaning for me than when I was growing up.
In 1990, The Fourth of July weekend was when we
first learned of my dad’s rapidly advancing cancer.
Dad was 61 years old and had just retired. He looked
forward to working with my mom in the new business
that they had just opened, traveling, singing
Barbershop Quartet tunes with friends (not
necessarily singing well, but enjoying every minute)
and seeing what life had to offer. Unfortunately,
life did not have much to offer past the first few
months of his retirement. The week before, my
mom noticed a lump on my dad's head and they went to
the doctor to check it out. His doctor called a few
days later and, although it was the beginning of the
holiday weekend, told them to check into the
hospital immediately. He passed a year later.
Conversely, it was on July 4th 1995, that I
went to the loading dock of a local print house and
stacked the first issue of Today’s Caregiver
magazine into a rental truck. I spent the next few
days driving to all of the hospitals in a three
county region, delivering the publications to every
family waiting room I could find.
Twenty one years later, I am still proud of the work
that goes into each issue of Today’s Caregiver
magazine and online at caregiver.com (now with the
help of an extremely talented staff), and am
especially excited when family caregivers write
stories and poems to share what they have learned
with their fellow caregivers.
These past 21 years have gone by in an instant,
but I am most thankful for being able to spend time
in conference rooms around the country talking with
family caregivers. I always start my sessions by
thanking the caregiver who will say something so
very insightful during the event that it nearly
writes my next newsletter column. Actually at most
events, there is enough wisdom to fill a book. We’ve
gone Web 3.0 around here with
YouTube, but I still love the personal interaction
that live events have to bring (I know; how very
last century of me).
This year, we will also host our 175th Fearless Caregiver Conference as well as our fifteenth annual Today’s Caregiver Friendly Awards program. So I hope you can
forgive me when I say that my favorite holiday has
become somewhat bittersweet for me. I am grateful
for all that has happened at Caregiver Media Group,
but know that the one soul who would have enjoyed
all of this the most, our dad, cannot be here to
share it with us. Although I am sure he’s
watching, smiling and maybe even singing a little
“Sweet Adeline” with some of his old friends.
After all, it is the Fourth of July.