(quote) Becki-568712 said: Jerry, thank you for starting this thread! Your stories about your parents make me cry..but in a good way! Thank you for sharing! So much love and respect there and I have no doubt that you are the man you are today because of them!
Hope you don't mind if I share a few stories about my Dad, my sweet, sweet, Dad who I am so lucky to still have in my life today. Growing up, he was always there for dinner and he was always with us in Church on Sunday. But he worked so hard in a hot factory every day and after dinner he was always outside, cutting the grass, etc. It was a stress reliever for him. But he was always so tired. Early to bed, early to rise. So we didn't get to spend a whole lot of quality time with him. We didn't have a whole lot growing up, but he made my sister and I always feel special and helped us realize that love and family were all we ever needed. Oh, and his devotion to the Catholic faith. How amazing!
Jump to 6 years ago, and my Mom passed away suddenly and tragically from a blood clot after a simple knee replacement. His wife, whom he was married to almost 51 years was suddenly gone. They had so many plans for their retirement, but somehow, God had other plans.
I'm SO PROUD of him for hanging in there every day and for being stronger than I could ever be if I lost a spouse. And the nice thing is that our relationship since my Mom's passing has blossomed and we are making up for lost time!
So, Happy Father's Day Pop, and Happy Father's Day to all the CM Dad's and Grand Dad's out there. And Jerry, last but not least Happy Father's Day to you, and to your terrific Dad! God Bless!
you Becki! They were indeed special. And YOU ARE lucky to have your dad. You are experiencing the same thing I did when we lost our Mom...and my Dad and I became very close.
I am glad you are cherishing this time with your dad~