Saying Good Bye to My Dad
It's been a rough couple of months trying to prepare for the death of my Dad. There is no easy way to prepare for death and there is no easy way to say goodbye.
My Dad taught my brother and I so much - how to ride a bike, how to run a business, how to enjoy life, and especially how to be loved and give love. Dad was the caretaker of my Mom for years, and in their older years together he was slowing down but never gave up on helping Mom. It was true love.
As we were in his room saying goodbye to him we knew we all loved each other so much, there are no regrets, we were and will always be a close family. There is nothing I needed to say to Dad or tell him, he knew me and everything about me. I could just hold his hand and thank him for everything he did for me and our family. His laughter, his deep voice was fading into a weak, fragile man that we have never seen with Dad. Towards the end, he was able to squeeze our hand and show us a smile and I'm very thankful for that. He was able to die knowing he was loved and he knew he gave so much love.
Please if you haven't spoken to your Mom or Dad - reach out. Call your Mom and Dad and tell them you love them. They are your past, present, and how you'll be in the future. There wasn't a day I didn't speak to my Dad, or at least when I was talking to Mom on the phone, I'd say Hi Dad, I love you!
Dad, I was blessed to have you all these years! You have always been my number one man in my life, my heart breaks a little, but my heart is always full because of you! I love you--it's time to just rest, Love your little Toots.
******A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU THAT WROTE ME TO SEND YOUR CONDOLENCES. IT WAS AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF LOVE SENT WITH EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS TO THE STATION. I CAN'T EVEN TO BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT IS APPRECIATED! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU--Sue!******