Farewell Daddy-O

What can’t I say about Dad? He was the kindest, strongest, most humble, laid back man. He had the biggest heart, and the greatest ability for understanding. He told the best bad jokes, and gave the best advise – sometimes, I think without even realizing he was doing so. I remember this one time we were golfing and I was grabbing my 7 iron, Dad said I should use my 9, but I said “I like my 7”, to which he replied, “Well, sometimes what we like isn’t what we need.” It was like a light bulb went off in my head, and I don’t think he realized the weight of those words, how they impacted me, and how I still carry them to this day. Now, it hasn’t helped my golf game any, but it has definitely helped me in other areas.

I mentioned his bad jokes, boy were those a treat, and the worse they were the more he seemed to enjoy telling them. We always knew when they were coming too, either by the way his stance would change, or hearing him say, “Hey, did I tell ya…?” Dan and I were privy to his final bad joke the day he went into the hospital, and I feel it is my duty to share it.

Why didn’t the Mexican go to the bullfight? Because he didn’t habanero.

I could easily go on and on about how great Dad was, and how important he was to me, but for time and anxiety management I’ll condense things. I do want to share a poem I wrote for him several years ago. Thankfully, I had given him a copy.

Many of us have heroes

Who lead remarkable lives

But few could ever measure up

To the hero in my eyes

Sacrificing and unselfish

Never asking for praise

Always willing to give his all

Never expecting to be repaid

Dependable and loyal

Strong and always true

Yet even with a human flaw

I model my son to be like you

Faithful and devoted

Always there for me

I couldn’t be more proud

Of the father God gave to me

Dad, I will miss your face, your smile, your voice, your laughter, your wisdom, your unsolicited preachings, your perfectly executed bad jokes, and simply your mere presence. Always the gentle giant, and the strongest man I knew – you never failed to provide love, comfort, understanding, and acceptance. I always knew I could come to you with anything and be free of judgement. Thank you for teaching me how to be a good person, for allowing me to be myself, for always being supportive, and for being my rock all these years. You are leaving an irreparable void, but I made you a promise years ago, and I will hold true to that. I am so very sorry you had to go through what you did to get to Heaven, but I am glad you are now at peace, and hopefully golfing up a storm up there.

I love you Daddy-O

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Published by g.

Greetings! I guess you're here to find out who I am...looks like we're in the same boat. I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. Unfortunately, I do not write as much as I would like to, but I hope to rectify that. Aside from poetry, I dabble in novel-writing. I have many ideas jotted down, some of them I've started, and maybe one day I will actually get one finished (if I just didn't have to worry about working, paying bills, and simple basic survival). I spend a lot of my time supporting my kids dreams. My daughter is a musician, and my son is an athlete, so between music gigs and school sporting events, my time is pretty much consumed...but I love every single moment of it!! I am also passionate about environmental issues; always looking for ways to lend a hand. Currently, I have an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted items that I have personally made. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to two of my favorite charities; Mission Blue and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. You can learn more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeaceLoveGlo?ref=hdr_shop_menu Other than that, I love to travel! I hope to see as much of the world as possible. There is so much more out there than just where we are, and I feel it is a gift that we should not take for granted. Once upon a time I was a runner (though some may have called it jogging with enthusiasm), but my Achilles decided it didn't like that anymore so now we walk. I'm beginning to venture into yoga, which so far has been a pleasant experience, and if time will permit, I would like to start doing some hiking. I also love music and going to concerts, coffee is my best friend, and over thinking is my worst enemy. So that's pretty much me in a nutshell. Nothing too fancy or exciting, just a 40-something still trying to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g. P. S. Remember, "Agree to disagree, for not one person is ever truly right."

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