Day 3 ~ March SOLSC
This post is inspired by Tammy B’s Weekend Coffee Share. I love this, and thought I’d give it a try today.
Pull up a chair and let’s have some coffee and chat. I’m on my 3rd cup of the day!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that today marks 13 years since I lost my dad and it doesn’t seem to get any easier as the years go by. He left a huge void in my life, but I keep him alive in my heart. I keep myself going by continuing to try to make him proud, live by the teachings he’s instilled in me. He’s still guiding me from afar.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my dad wasn’t just a dad. He was involved in many different things. He was a very big part of our volunteer fire service and various organizations within that service. When he passed, he was president of the County Parade Judges Association. And, every year this association holds a memorial breakfast honoring all of their deceased members. When my dad was in charge of this, I helped him make the programs every year (usually the day before he needed them!)
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this year we were invited to this memorial breakfast as it fell on the anniversary of his death. It was such an honor to be invited to this event. My mom, brother, and I really enjoy getting to see my dad’s old buddies. It’s almost therapeutic. They speak of him and tell stories, and for a moment, it almost feels like he’s still with us. My daughter gets to see how much her Pop-pop was loved and respected. The current president of this association told my mom today that since he was new when my dad passed he didn’t have the chance to really get to know him all that well. He said it’s very obvious to see what an impact my dad has made on many lives because the guys still talk about him at meetings all the time.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that hearing things about my dad from other people and how much of an impact he had on their lives, makes me beam with pride. I mean, he’s always been my hero, but when I hear that he’s left positive impressions on people from all over the county, it just is another realization of how amazing he was.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you to live in the moment and be grateful for everyone and everything you have in your life. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring and we’re often too busy to stop and smell the roses. I try to live by my own advice, but it’s hard and I’m just human.
Happy Sunday! Hope you enjoyed our coffee chat!
I’m participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge! Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community. A place for us to grow together as writers.