I would be lying if I said today was easy... honestly it is just another reminder that my Dad is gone. .
Grief does NOT get easier. That catastrophic loss you suffered never goes away. Your life will never be the same, nor should it. And I many times look at life as the time period “before my Dad passed” and “after my Dad passed.” .
But I also remind myself that I am so deeply affected by his loss because of how much loved we shared as a family and as a father and daughter. .
The thousands of memories that my Dad and I shared are some of my most cherished memories. Whether we were on one of our many car rides together, having our “usual” meal at “our” booth at McDonalds, reading books together, high school choir trips, listening to music, hearing about his Army experience, spending time in the woods or at our lake cabin and the many times we just quietly enjoyed spending time together... these memories keep his memory alive for myself and my boys. .
A lot of people say they have THE best Dad and they are not wrong. But, I am so unbelievably blessed to have had such a loving, loyal, honorable and goofy Dad to grow up with. To have a Dad who would drive an hour and a half just to spend a few hours with me when I was in college. To have a man who shows his kids the value of hard work and to enjoy life, but always be kind. .
I may have lost him, but I will always be HIS daughter and that can never be taken from me. ❤️ .
And to my fellow friends who are remembering their Dads today, I am always here if you ever need someone to talk to. #daddysgirl#neverforgotten