It's December 30, 2016, and I still can't believe the year is ending. Every year new things happen unexpectedly in our lives that we never see coming. A couple weeks ago, I lost my father and have yet to comprehend that he is gone. I try to take it in day by day as much as I can, but I can tell it's going to be a challenge for me and definitely take some time to adjust. He passed 2 days before my baby shower and I was so excited to see and for everyone to meet him. He was such a funny man and always had something smart to say. He was the most generous and caring man I've ever met. We definitely shared many jokes and I swear it gets me laughing sometimes because I can still hear his voice and his laugh.
The last time we spoke we were cracking up on the phone and in tears. My mom had this idea of having balloons twisted into animal characters for the baby shower so we were trying to find local people who did this sort of thing. We saw on the internet that some people had attempted to do it themselves, so we thought it would be hilarious to call and ask to see if he could blow up some balloons for the shower.
When we called I could not stop laughing and didn't even get the question out which made him laugh because he knew something funny was coming. So when I asked him if he could do this his reaction was so hilarious because my dad always had a way with words and using profanity that it just made you crack up. I think we spent 5 minutes on the phone crying and laughing. He eventually asked could he get off the phone because we were cracking up so hard. Being able to hear my dad laugh and know he was smiling means the world to me because this was the last time I talked to him. I'll always cherish the moments I spent with him and never forget all of the things he did for me. My dad and my mom have always bent over backwards for me and that's something I'll never forget. I want to be able to teach my son what I've learned from my parents and certainly teach him about how important family is and to be generous and kind to people.
To my dad: I love you and always will.