In honor of John Buie's 100th birthday in 2010, here's a story from the book, "Teacher of Our Town": (Meanwhile, Kathy Buie Vance has compiled and posted to Facebook about 37 photos from John Buie's life.)
By Ann Buie Loomis
In 1987, my father's leg had to be amputated because of complications from diabetes. Six month later, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. During that year, my mother often felt overwhelmed with the burdens of caretaking, so from time to time, she'd ask for help from family members. My sister Kathy agreed to spend two weeks taking care of Daddy.
Now you have to understand the gravity of this commitment. Kathy happens to be a compassionate person, but she knew, like our mother, she'd also need a good dose of humor because Daddy could be very demanding. The youngest of four children by 10 years, he was somewhat spoiled. Having been brought up by parents who still thought maids were "slaves," Daddy thought he was born to be served -- and he rarely said thank you for the service.
So, in order to get through the time as nursemaid, like Mother, Kathy kept a journal. She knew that despite the irritating parts of his personality, Daddy could be very funny -- and she also knew that recording the funny experiences would keep her sane. One journal entry recalls the time when Daddy had a visit from the preacher.