Saturday, January 13, 2018

Reunited


 Mom drifted off gently into the good night but Daddio put up a fierce fight. I never expected anything less from him. He was an ornery sucker who drove us all nuts with his particular brand of goofiness. Pneumonia took him in the blink of an eye. He was fine when I saw him on Monday but by Wednesday he was desperately ill.



Surrounded by his three girls he entered into eternity after an epic 24 hour battle against the dying of the light-which was odd because he had spent the last 15 years anxiously waiting to join the love of his life. Wherever he's landed, I hope he's found her.



Right before the holidays I showed him a photo of my house lit up in Christmas lights. Although he wasn't really speaking anymore I asked him if he knew what it was and he said...."a shot of whiskey". His roommate and I had a good laugh.



Tonight I am having a shot (or two) of his favorite whiskey and having a good cry. Cheers, Daddio.  Let's toast to the end of an era. There will never be another you. Meet you on the other side.

16 comments:

  1. Hugs, Deb. I know how hard it is and I hope there is peace in knowing he is with your mom.

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  2. Your mama was waiting for him when he took his last breath here and his first breath in heaven. Huge hugs.

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  3. Hugs for you. May God's comfort and peace be with you.

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  4. My Father put up a good fight, with pneumonia actually taking him fast. When he was in the hospital I just kept sensing a younger version of my Mom reaching out for his hand, I kept telling him to go to her, she was waiting. I know your parents are so happy to be together, but I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you feel peaceful about it, you have been very devoted and loving to your Dad. Sending you love and a big, big hug.

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  5. From the way you make him sound, there's no way he hasn't joyfully found your mom. And now they are together again, well, whole, and happy. Though I know you feel sad, and will never stop missing him, I hope you feel relief that he doesn't have to struggle anymore. xoxo

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  6. So begins the work of grief. be kind to you

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  7. Time and love will see you through this. I'm wishing you both.

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  8. that was beautiful ... your dad would be/is proud of your words- i too look forward to a happy reunion on the other side with my loved ones who crossed the bridge before me-

    peace and comfort to you and your family-
    barb in texas

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  9. You've written a beautiful tribute to your Dad; the photos truly were a wonderful addition. I still laugh and sometimes cry over things my parents said or did. Thank you for sharing him in this blog.

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  10. I wish I could give you a huge hug right now. Grief is never easy, but you have been so devoted to him, you know you did your best for him. Put yourself first for awhile because you need it whether you realize it or not. Losing parents is so, so hard. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of mine in some memory or another of something they did or said. I wish you SO much love right now.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. Saying a prayer for you and your family. It is so hard to lose a family member at any time. I am a fairly new reader of your blog but you have shared many memories of your Dad in the posts I have read. Hope the good memories will help you thru the difficult days. Hugs!

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  12. So sorry for your loss. Wishing you comfort and peace. Hugs.

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  13. I'm sorry for the loss of your Dad. I pray for peace and comfort to you and your family.

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  14. Condolences, Deb. He looks and sounds like quite a guy, a lot of fun to be with. How lovely that he was surrounded by all his girls. May his memory be a blessing.

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  15. I know you are hurting right now-allow yourself to grieve and don't rush yourself through this. You are the best of your parents so walk proud through this valley.

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  16. This was lovely. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

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