Thank you Dad

It’s been 10 years now and hard to believe you are gone from this earth.
How I miss your morning puns–those quick, silly phone calls where I’d get the pun of the day and you would hang up–me with my mouth hanging open and you on the other end laughing to mom. You always knew that less than a minute would go by and I’d call back with some sort of silly retort.

Life was difficult for you–five kids, and a wife with many health issues, not to mention running a business where you felt compelled to be there nearly every waking moment. You worked so hard Dad, and I am ashamed to admit that I rarely gave you credit for all that you did for me. So much of my life I was angry with the way I perceived you should have been, the way I perceived our family should have been. It wasn’t until much later that I realized how intensely you cared and loved all of us, and how much you tried to make life good for us.

Of all my memories, my fondest are those last hurried moments on Christmas Eve—those were our moments Dad and while I feigned frustration with you, I loved them. We got together late afternoon, rushing through town, snowflakes flittering on our eyelashes and blanketing our coats and we scoured store after store to find the best gift for your beloved, our Mom. Afterwards, we’d stop for a Hot Chocolate or Tom and Jerry in later years…..and we’d return home for Christmas Eve celebration.

You were a gem Dad and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss you and think of you. I will be offering Mass for you this morning on your Birthday–your special Holy Day–the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Everyone still laughs when I tell them you thought your birthday was the reason you got the day off of school at St. Charles!

Missing you and loving you Dad–can’t wait to see you again. Give Mom a kiss from me.

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