Today’s post is dedicated to my father-in-law, who went Home on Wednesday morning. (That would be the exact same day my best friend Karen left us four years ago, for those of you playing along at home and keeping score of the bizarre-ness which is my life.)
He was a guy devoted to his family before all else. Sure, in some ways he was also a man of his generation, but he learned as he aged. No matter what I was reading or writing or doing, he was interested. He told me once, “send me anything. I might not understand all of it, but I’ll sure try.”
He became even more compassionate (if that’s possible) once the grandkids started showing up. He was lucky enough to have three children, who brought him twice that many more. As an only child, this meant a great deal.
We’ll all miss him, hell, we already do! But we’ll also remember what an amazingly loving influence he was on us, each in our own way.
Just, do me a favor, hug the ones you love. Because, even though we know where we’re all going and things are fine, it’s still difficult and painful.
is not a reading suggestion. It is REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE FOR ALL BEINGS WHO ARE HUMAN OR WHO MAY KNOW A HUMAN!
Go HERE and see what I’m talking about. Then, go find the book. I got mine from our library, but I will be purchasing a copy (or 3) as soon as I’m able to. That way I can hand them out to those in need.
(Once you’ve read it, come back here and tell me what you think, and better yet, how your mind has been blown and how you are now going to change some things. Because that’s what this book does, it gets in your head and makes your rethink shit.)
as I was getting up and going today, we had to deal with THIS. That vehicle was being driven by my father, mom in the passenger seat. Her purse (with most of their money), their best coats, his prescription sunglasses, all the groceries, and both their phones went up in the blaze. (Also a bunch more stuff in the back, they are still trying to figure out what is gone. It’s a lot.)
We just need this week to be over now.
Edited To Add:
Go HERE to see the news report; Hanna has set up an e-mail address so folks who want to reach out can get in touch with her to help them.
Or, if Twitter is easier