Five years ago, I lost my dad after he had a massive stroke. I’ve been missing him and wanting to say something about it online. So, here’s my little tribute to my dad and me looking at the good times.
Here’s to you, dad:
You gave me a love for storytelling. I appreciate the written word and visual communication in the form of film and art because of you. You were also the best oral story teller I’ve ever known. History and your personal stories came to life from your breath.
You taught me and my siblings how to play cards, specifically Canasta. Such a great way to pass the time and have some friendly competition! I wonder which one of us remembers how to play best.
We learned compassion for animals from you. Growing up, we had dogs, cats, rats, hamsters and water frogs. That’s a whole heck of a lot! Of course, they weren’t all at the same time.
Looking back, I see how you were always happy to welcome each new addition. That time you took my sisters and I to get a cat from the shelter and you didn’t want to get out of the car because it would make you cry to see all the animals who need homes was pretty sweet.
I’m absolutely sure I’m leaving out things. But I didn’t want this to be a comprehensive list of things you were good at.
I’m grateful that I had a good dad for 18 years. We didn’t always get along, but we loved each other. That’s pretty special.