In the car, driving on Tyson Avenue, coming back from the doctor.
"How did I get here?" Dad asked.
"Where? Tyson Avenue? I didn't want to take Bustleton the whole way," I said.
"No, to this place I'm at," Dad said.
Ah, a more existential "How did I get here," coupled with memory loss. He meant how did he wind up in an assisted living home.
"Well, you were having trouble with the steps in your house. You kept winding up in the hospital for your tube and bag (catheter). You fell down the steps. You weren't eating right. And you didn't like being alone," I answered.
I left out the part about him being robbed in the middle of the night.
"Oh, I see," he said.
"You were very stubborn," I told him. "You didn't want to leave your house. You told me 'They are gonna have to carry me out of here!'"
"I did?" he asked.
"Oh yes," I said. "You did. But you like where you are. You like your room and TV and the meals and the nurses."
"That's true," he said.
"It was just hard getting you there," I said.
"I am sorry about all that," Dad said. "I'll remember you in heaven," he joked.
"That's good, Dad, but while you are up there, send me some winning lottery numbers, too," I said. "That would be a bigger help."
"I'll see what I can do," Dad said.