We have all lost special people
throughout our lives
and for many of you
there was no opportunity
to say what you needed to say.
I have been trying to think of what my last good-bye to my Dad
would have been if God gave me the chance.
Taken in the blink of an eye,
without warning and completely blindsided,
I along with my family
never got to tell him what we all had in our aching hearts
as we gathered at the hospital,
so Dad here is what I would have said to you
because I think you deserved to hear it.
First and foremost I adored you.
Not just because you were my Dad
but also because of the incredible man you were.
I always trusted your judgement.
I always believed in the kindness of your heart.
We had so many funny moments
but along with that did come some more serious ones,
and in the midst of them all,
you always had a way of making peace with situations
so no one got hurt.
Never did I doubt your pride when it came to your family.
You made that very clear
especially when you were surrounded by your girls.
The one thing that was very apparent
was the joy your grandchildren
brought to your life.
It gave you such pleasure
in teaching them and laughing with them
and I think knowing
how much they truly loved you
and best of all how devoted they were
to their Papa and Gramma.
Your kindness to friends and even strangers
especially dealing with struggle or hardship
You never wanted to see anyone
going through hard times
and even going as far as hiring people at your garage
that you really didn’t need
but creating something anyway
to give them a fighting chance.
The one thing that definitely sticks in my mind
is you always cheered for the underdog.
You truly believed in that
and it is something you most certainly passed on to me.
You worked hard every day of your life
to make sure you provided for us
and the great part is although
we never wanted for anything,
you instilled in each of us
to be humble enough to recognize
that it doesn’t hurt to work hard
for the things you want the most.
What I needed to say more than anything
is how much I appreciated
the life you gave Mom and Mama.
There are so many private moments
the three of you shared among yourselves
throughout all these years,
from tears to laughter
and a whole lot in between
and for that Dad,
I could never thank you enough
for being such an amazing husband,
and incredible human being
to the two most important women
in my life.
Simply put Dad,
you always made me smile
and I think this is what I am going to miss the most.
It won’t be easy on those days when I just need my Dad
to lift my spirits
or sit beside me
when I need my sidekick
for those silly one liners
that you were so good at.
It will always feel like the world
isn’t going to ever be the same
without you in it
but as I said to you
as I knelt before you
while you laid so peaceful,
“As I live and breathe Dad,
and until we meet again,
I will do everything in my power
to keep your spirit alive.
To know me,
is to know you
and because of you,
I think I can do this.”
My proudest moments have always been
when people have said,
“Kimmie, you are your father’s daughter”
so rest assured Dad,
I will make you so proud!
I will miss you every day of my life,
I will always look up to you for guidance and strength
but above all and what trumps everything I have said is this…
I will Love you FOREVER,
and then some!
Thank You for being my Dad, my friend,
and best of all…