I knew this day was coming. We all did! But it still hits you. You feel your mortality. It stops you in your tracks and makes you look a little longer in the mirror and say f@ck!
Yesterday, I went for a hike in the mountains, and I could feel his positive energy around me. I could hear my Dad's voice, saying things like, "Son of a gun, holy mackerel, can I have a refill on this rum and coke."
He was suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's and got Covid. He took a fall, although not a bad fall. But enough to shake him up and get us ready for the end.
I remember sitting next to him on the flight to my brother Matt's wedding. The longest 3-hour flight ever! LOL, Once the plane hit cruising altitude. He orders a rum and coke. Suddenly, I'm the adult, and he's the teenager who's starting the party early.
After the first rum and coke, it was time to play tic-tac-toe. This kept him thoroughly entertained. Son of a bitch kept winning too!
He kept an eye out for the flight attended waving his hand in the air for another drink. After the second drink, he was ready to start dancing in the aisles. By now, everyone around us knew that we were going to a wedding, and I had to keep him focused. I pulled out my sketchbook and started drawing simple pictures of anything, like his rum and coke. I told him to draw what I drew. He did! He loved it. My plan was working until it wasn't.
He kept asking, "how much longer? Are we there yet? can I get a refill?" He did all of this in playful, fun energy.
I started telling him stories. Puff The Magic Dragon, I don't remember that story, so I made up a brand new version on the spot. He loved it. The story ended with Puff, the magic dragon winning the lottery and saving planet earth! YAY!
My Dad will be missed. He was 85 years old. He lived a great life. He had 4 wives and 5 kids. I still don't have wife number 1! LOL, There's still time :-)
He was born in Brooklyn, NY. His father was a police officer with the nickname, "Lock 'em up. Ed." I'm sorry to say my grandfather was not the nicest cop on the street.
When my Dad turned 18, he joined the Marines. As you can imagine, his home life was not comfortable with a Father named "lock 'em up, Ed." My Dad thought being in the Marines was the greatest thing in the world. He was like Forest Gump. They told him what to do, and he did it! And they even paid him money.
This post is getting long for me. Lots of memories are coming to me now. My Dad later became a great insurance salesman for John Hancock.
There are more stories to share, but for now, this is enough. I'm thrilled my Dad got to be at Matt and Bari's wedding. You should have seen him on the dance floor! He still had dance moves at 84.
Today let's celebrate LIFE! Let's embrace this precious gift and time we do have together.
Let's forgive the past wrongdoings. Everybody does the best they can. If you have lost someone, my heart goes out to you. Know they are always with you. Let these words inspire you to live your life to the fullest. Step into your greatness, and let your love and light shine bright!
Thanks for reading if you'd like to read one more short post about your emotions and what they are telling you go here. You can see another photo of my Father and me and this photo terrifies me. LOL
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