It’s been just over a week
and although his heart stopped beating,
his legacy and life will live on!
With every memory
and every story
we still feel your presence Dad.
There isn’t one person
who you have made an impact on that can’t smile
the minute your name is mentioned.
Whether it be a silly moment
(and there are quite a few of those)
or a sentimental one
your true character as a man
made a difference in the lives you did touch.
It’s interesting that before God took you
to fly among angels
how reading words or poems
regarding living life to the fullest
or not to take life for granted
were only words
scribbled on a page
without true meaning
I know you are watching over us,
especially Mom and Mama
and honestly Dad,
I have felt your presence the instant
I never thought I would have this kind of strength
or composure but somehow
you are with me and sometimes I swear
I can feel your hand on my shoulder
and even the odd time or two
it’s as if you are whispering into my ear.
I know you hear me every time I get into my car
because that is my time to check in with you.
“Good morning Edward”
and I still hear you reply
“Good morning Kimberley”
as we always did before.
I know you hear me asking that you keep a close eye on Mom and Mama,
that you not miss a beat with Debbie, Nat, Corrie and myself,
and above all smile with your grand children
and guide them as only their Papa could ever do.
Naturally we speak of your sisters,
your brother in-laws and your sister-in-law
and your son in-laws as well.
We run through your niece’s, your nephews
and all other relatives
because I know that tender heart of yours
and you wouldn’t want to miss one single person.
From there on we cover
all those amazing friends
who became a close piece of your heart
through out every stage of your life.
Somehow I envision that you have
a whole bunch of your sticky notes up there
just to make sure there isn’t one person you may miss.
This is going to be a tough Father’s Day without you Dad
but if there is one thing I will be counting on
is you will be among us when we gather.
Mom has brought you home
and the really good thing now is
I am sure your hearing is perfect
so no more struggling to hear what we are saying.
You will hear that we love you
more than life itself,
that we Thank you
more than you will ever know,
how we miss you
every second of the day
but above all…
How very blessed
we all feel
to have had you in our lives!
Oh and not to worry Dad,
our father’s day golf game is still a go.
Your grand children want to come with me
to share that day
in your honour.
Something tells me
we’re going to need your assistance
Also we are going to plant wild flower seeds
at the 3rd hole
to represent your only hole in one.
Putting an end to this is harder than I thought
so I will finish with a quote
my cousin Jennifer sent us
knowing how meaningful it truly is
and that if Dad could tell us one thing,
this would definitely be it!
Happy Father’s day Dad
Love you always and forever
I know you can hear me!