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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"D" is for Dad:Remembering My Friend and Hero


Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad. I was one of those lucky kids, I had a Dad. My Dad also became one of my best friends. I was also very lucky to work with him for several years. My Dad was the co-owner of an IGA Grocery Store. He was the meat-cutter and I wrapped the meat for him. I worked with him from the time I was 14 until 21. Most people never get this type of experience to spend so much time with a parent. Why was it so special? We had a lot of time to talk while we worked. I trusted him with all of the secrets I held in my heart. He gave me advice as I struggled through my teen years and young adulthood.

Some of the things that we discussed were:
-boys/dating
-Religion
-Showing empathy to others.
-Standing up for the underdogs in life.
-Being honest in every situation.
-Sticking to your word
-Giving your best while at work
-Humor makes life easier.
-Regardless how hard life is, be thankful for what you have.

I will miss my Dad so much! He truly was one of my best friends. He always encouraged me in all situations. In fact, the night before he passed away, I was able to visit him in the hospital. I almost didn't go up to the hospital that night because I was so tired. I am so glad that I followed my instincts. My son and daughter had begged me to take them so they could visit their Grandpa. My kids and I went up and had a good visit with my Dad. Right before I left, my Dad reached for my hands. He looked at me and said, "I just know that everything will work out for you. Don't give up". As I kissed him goodbye that night, I did not realize that would be the last time I looked into his brown eyes and would receive words of wisdom from him. I will always love him.

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11 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful tribute to your dad. :)

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  2. My mom has passed away, but I do still have my dad around and I know what you mean. I adore him and cherish every moment we have together. He's getting old and I can't help but think about the time when he's no longer around. It makes me sad. I should take advantage of being around him more.

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  3. You wrote a lovely tribute to your relationship with your dad. I could feel the love you had for each other. Beautiful post!

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  4. Great Post!! Love your tribute to your dad. Well said....

    help for single Dads

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  5. this post is so touching. it's funny how people of a different generation worked all the time without complaining. Excellent post.

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  6. The one thing that strikes me as I peruse various blogs is that they are so focused on what may happen in the future.

    Not that goals are a bad thing.

    But you just gave a poignant description of a moment that almost did not happen (had you chosen not to visit the hospital) that you will be able to remeber forever.

    Larry

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  7. The one thing that strikes me as I peruse various blogs is that they are so focused on what may happen in the future.

    Not that goals are a bad thing.

    But you just gave a poignant description of a moment that almost did not happen (had you chosen not to visit the hospital) that you will be able to remeber forever.

    Larry

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  8. Not sure why my comment posted twice...maybe there's an echo in here?

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  9. What a sweet and treasured connection!

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  10. This is a wonderful post, and I'm really glad I came over to check out what you're doing here. It's obvious that your Dad influenced you greatly, since you're doing such an awesome job. It sounds like he was a wonderful person and a great Dad. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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