They haven’t all been together for over a year – and there’s no sign of a reunion anytime soon. Every Father’s Day weekend in early June, Zwick’s four grown children travel from New York and Chicago to Las Vegas to visit their father, Mort, 82, and stepmother, Marla, 65. , taking with them grandchildren aged 7 to 20. old. The annual ritual for the Zwick siblings – David, Tracy, Ashley and Zel – has been postponed this year until August. And then, as the virus continued to rage, it was canceled.
Marla They all have busy and active lives. We recognize that they have their life and fit in when we can. June is something everyone is looking forward to.
Death This Father’s Day, no one came out. And I’ll tell you something else – Marla’s mother passed away in May and we couldn’t even get to Chicago for the funeral.
Marla It created problems for me, Mort and my family because we didn’t have a family shutdown. Mort was extremely close to my mother. We are convinced in my family that Mort was my mother’s favorite child. Our last contact with a family was towards the end of February, beginning of March.
Death I happen to love my family. But I’m not crazy enough to risk death. The coronavirus unfortunately dictates our schedule. You recognize what is possible and what is not.
Marla We say to them, “Well, maybe you will drive here. But the truth is, while we would love to see them, they have too much contact with too many people.
Death I don’t do FaceTime.
Marla We sent gifts. Living worms, a double punching bag. This game of corn, puzzles of the United States. A clock.
Death I’m not going to tear my clothes and cover the mirrors because I can’t see my kids. I am fortunate to be in fairly good health. Whenever I miss them I think about how ugly they were at some stage of their growth.
Marla I’m afraid the young people are too young to remember him. And those in college – who knows how long they will want to participate in these tours?
Death My grandchildren are in very good hands.
Marla We are lucky, we are. But it’s like we’ve given up a lot during this time.
Death The younger ones are just at the point where I can get along with them. I really don’t get along with kids until they understand two concepts, fear and corruption.
Marla He might present himself as ‘this is what it is’, but would he like to see them? Nothing would make him happier. Tracy said, “When am I going to see you?” I said: “When there is a vaccine”.
Marla And when will it be? I do not know. I don’t know, and there are days when I manage much better than others.