There are so many things that I miss about My Dad.
I think of them a little more on his birthday, but it happens most every other day as well.
How many times we laughed together.
There's a Willie Nelson joke that I told him during his last year. We were standing in the backyard and he looked at me kinda' weird when I started telling the joke and when I nailed the punch line...his laugh was so genuine.
I see that in my head from time to time, and to this day, I feel sad whenever I tell that joke.
(Ask me to tell you the joke in private - was a little racy).
I consider all of his lessons:
Work hard, success will come.
Don't compete with anyone but yourself.
Most people are out for themselves.
So many lessons...all playing over and over in my head.
Every single time I cut an onion for the sauce I hear him saying: "Cut it small!"
Whenever I put the garlic in the pain: "Don't burn the garlic!"
I recall the day when he finally told me the recipe for pasta and peas.
He still was a way better cook than me...even though I really try!
The December Car Ride:
We worked together in Connecticut - on his birthday we started the drive home and my car was breaking down.
Snow, cold, the heater didn't work.
"I'm thinking it's the solenoid," He said.
"Exactly what I was thinking!" I exclaimed.
He laughed hard again.
Dad sacrificed a lot for all of us.
But his love was right there on his sleeve for all of us to see, embrace and take into our own hearts.
I hate the fact that he's not here with us.
But he really is.
I share stories with my boys.
I live my life in service to my family...
...because that's what he taught me to do.
Every day of his life.
What a Dad.
How fortunate we were.
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