Dad got a hearing aid today!
For those of you who don't know our family in person, you will not understand what a very big deal this is. Dad's been losing his hearing for the last 15 years - helped along significantly by his career as a vet. He tried this once before....about 10 years ago....but pronounced the whole thing a failure after about two minutes. (or so it felt to the rest of us...) He's a stubborn man, and has just refused to do anything about it while the rest of us have grown more and more frustrated.
I just had a conversation on the phone with my Dad, who is happily testing his new hearing aid out in as many circumstances as he can. It's the first time in years and years that I've been able to have a phone conversation with the man in a normal voice - without having to yell or repeat myself multiple times.
A Christmas miracle indeed!