Monday, July 30, 2007

Manic Monday: Miss

Monday's are MoMoLicious!



There are many people and things I miss, but the person I miss the most is my Papa. To many of you who have read my blog or known me for a while, you know how much I respected and loved him.

He was funny and sweet and always had a smile on his face, and more importantly, in his eyes. He taught me that no matter what happens in life, you can get through it if you always remember your smile.

He doesn't know that he taught me that, or maybe he does, but he taught me by the way he lived his life, not by speaking those words. I realized it when he was lying in his hospice bed hooked up to oxygen. I had not seen him in over a year. When I walked into the room, his eyes lit up and his smile warmed my heart. I knew it was the last time I would ever touch his strong hands or feel his breath on my cheek when he kissed me hello, and yet, I knew that the gift he had given me would last many lifetimes.

I think of him at odd times-when I smell a skunk (as he is the only other person I know besides me who likes the smell) or when it is 11:11 or 1:11. When I hear a trucks air brakes I smile, and whenever I am at the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrow Land I have visions of him laughing at himself because he rammed into things with his ECV.

He comes to me in dreams and in times of desperation, I have felt his arms around me. He is not gone, he did not die...

But I surely do miss his laugh.


18 comments:

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

I miss my mom, the same way you miss your Pappa. It just hurts. Still, after many years, for me, it hurts.

Jamie said...

This was done for another papa but it fits here as well

Oh My Papa

Bond said...

What a wonderful loving sentiment. This touched me this morning Mags...

Beautiful.

the108 said...

beautiful, babe!

C-Unit said...

I miss him too. =)

tegdirb92 said...

what a wonderful and touching post. Have a wonderful week, Mags.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

awww, now that was just sweet honey. what a lovely tribute...

smiles, bee

crazy working mom said...

Very lovely post, Mags! I can feel your pain. I too miss a loved one, very dearly!

Comedy + said...

What a great tribute to your father. You did this so very well. Have a great MM. :)

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

A great testament to the fact our loved ones are always with us, they never leave us. Great post today!

Meloncutter said...

Such wonderful memories.

Thanks for sharing them with us.

Later Y'all

Linda said...

I miss my Gramp this same way and it will have been 35 years this August that he died. Maybe that's why I can't find the right man - I hold them all to his standard and they all fall short somehow.

Mert said...

Beautiful post! Happy MM :D

Marilyn said...

My computer kicked me off just as I was leaving a comment this morning. I can never tell if the comment got left or not when that happens so I came back to see and there's no comment.

Great post... I wish I knew my Papa well enough to miss him that much. Papa as what we called my great grandfather. I do remember Granny- his wife, and sometimes I miss her and wish my Daughter could have met such a remarkable woman.

Julie said...

When I found out the word were MM my first thought was missing Daddy.....

What a touching post sweet Mags.

Check out my MISS.

Travis said...

Wonderful post my dear.

I Was Born2Cree8 said...

oopppsss, I messed up the link so had to do it a second time.

This is a wonderful post. Your Papa sounds like a wonderful man and you were very fortunate to have each other for a time. I miss my Dad a lot too, he was my hero.

I'm asking everyone for their assistance. There is a Post It note on the top of my blog explaining what I need help with. I hope you will check it out as well as visit my MM post.

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