My beloved Dad, Mike Ketofsky, was honored on Saturday night by our local community. It was a great thrill to gather with my family so that my brother, Hal, and I could receive this honor on his behalf. I’ve always been proud to be his daughter; never more than I was upon hearing from his peers of the many ways he served the community and of the love and respect he inspired everywhere he went.
My dad was a Prince. He was the epitome of generosity and kindness; of love and dedication; of service and consciousness; of connection and of devotion. Standing at the podium with my brother making an acceptance speech to those present was surreal. In fact the entire event was surreal. It was held at the South Brunswick Senior Center, one of Dad’s many projects and sort of The House That Mike Built. He spent most of his days there orchestrating one thing or another, playing pool or bridge, driving people to and fro, or attending meeting after meeting for the various projects he had a hand in. I could feel his energy that night. I could see his broad smile and his laughing eyes. And I could see the pride on his face as his son, granddaughter, and son-in-law sang and played music for those assembled in his honor. There were a variety of other performers as well, singing and dancing in ways that would have delighted him. He was always so appreciative of anything anyone did that made them happy. It made him happy too. What made me happy was looking out at the faces of Dad’s family, whose eyes glistened with tears and tremendous pride. We all loved him so much and we were in the place that gave him his sense of purpose during the years when his wife, my beloved mother, was being ravaged by Alzheimer’s. This place was his refuge, his respite from the horror of watching his beloved disappear bit by bit, day by day. I will always and forever be grateful to the many organizations and clubs that he served all of those years. They saved his life, and allowed us to have him in ours for much longer than we would have otherwise.
It was a beautiful tribute to a big man with a huge heart. When I look at the beauty of the red super moon Mother Nature gifted us last night I liken it to my Dad’s beautiful, wonderful heart. The energy of the eclipse and all of the astrological aspects that gathered at this moment seem to be in harmony with the honoring of my Dad. It’s about change, about moving into a new phase of consciousness; about restoring equilibrium and balance; it is a gateway into a new world where we will all have a deeper understanding of humanity, our purpose and what life is all about. He would absolutely love being here for a moment of such unique significance.
As his daughter, I absolutely love having been here with him in this lifetime. He has left an imprint on me and everyone else he’s ever known. The beautiful moon outside seems to be a reflection of his light back to us, and that big round smile is Dad’s smile saying to me and our family, “Good Show”. I love you Dad.
Alzheimer ’s disease is a cruel illness that knows no boundaries or limits. It’s also a disease without a cure. Most of us know someone, some family or friend, who has been touched by this tragic and unrelenting disease. Please support The Alzheimer’s Association in any way that you can by donating generously, or perhaps forming your own team for the Alzheimer’s Walks taking place this fall all-round the country. Contact your local Alzheimer’s Association for information about how you can help. And while you’re at it, please support the American Diabetes Association, The Senior Center of South Brunswick, NJ, and the Aging in Place Partnership of South Brunswick, NJ. There are so many ways we can help locally and globally. Our aging population has done so much for us. Let’s give something back.
Pictured: from left, Hal & Kathy Ketofsky, Aaron and Lindsay Ketofsky, Bob Demetrician, in front, Melissa Blevins, Franne Demetrician – most of Mike’s brood!! Missing are Logan and Daynon Blevins, but not forgotten.
With blessings. FD