Ten years ago today forces of nature took you from us, your loving family. And each and every day since, we’ve missed you with a prevailing grief that never fades.
But I have learned over the past decade that, even though you have physically departed from us, your spirit remains….strong and true. You live on in our hearts, minds and souls….with a powerful force like life itself.
I find myself asking “What would Dad do?” at almost any important juncture or decision. You continue to guide me each and every day….just as you did for the first 50 years of my life….and you were here.
I still think of you the instant I smell freshly-brewed coffee in the early morning. Every time! I so vividly remember wakening briefly in the early mornings, when I was living at home or visiting, and smelling the coffee you were brewing well before dawn each day. And I knew you were up….and all was well with the world….and blissful sleep would return.
As I promised you, I have done my level best to look after your beautiful bride, my awesome Mom….and love and protect her in every way I can. My abiding wish is for her to thrive….even in your absence.
I endeavor to live the later decades of my life with the same grace, intelligence, sense of humor, patience and dignity with which you lived yours. If I can do it half as well as you, I will consider it a life well-lived.
With deepest respect and admiration always….
Your Loving Son,