A Time to Every Purpose

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  1. kmkat says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your dad, who, btw, bears a slight resemblance to Your Beloved Spouse in the that photo. I think it is the big smile that caught my attention.

    My mom died around noon on December 1, 1984. Elder Son was born at 1pm on December 2, 1984. That sucketh, as did your experience.

  2. chlost says:

    What a sweet teling of your dad’s story. My dad died over the holidays 2005/2006. We don’t know exactly when he died. My uncle found him and he’d been gone for quite some time. It pains me to think of him dying alone. He had just visited with us over Christmas and had left suddenly. I can’t help but wonder if he had not been feeling well then, and if I had been able to convince him to stay, he may have been with us and we could have done something for him. Dads and daughters have a special bond. I feel him nearby sometimes as well.

  3. Choochoo says:

    Your dad sounds like he was an awesome guy 🙂

  4. When you sit down and write a piece that is a sentimental one, a tribute, you really do know how to pull out all the stops, don’t you? I never knew my Dad. He saw me once when I was 10 days old and a week later he died of cancer. That was 68 years ago this past October. I grew up with my Mom and her parents and though there were 10 other grandchildren in the family, I nudged my oldest cousin out of first place in being “Grandpa’s Girl” simply because I lived with him and Grandma. I was 12 when he died 56 years ago this week -and a date I thought I’d always remember I now am not sure if it was March 27th or March 28th. Either way, There are certain times of each year that my system doesn’t respond to things in its normal fashion as depression sets in in varying degrees on or around the anniversary of when this one left, or another family member passed, the loss of a wonderful friend -and I thank you today for writing this piece as just two weeks ago I lost a very, very dear friend. At the time of her passing and funeral, I was taking meds for depression and anxiety -which do help immensely except that they block the emotional release then of tears which is a much needed way of cleansing ones emotions. Yesterday and today, I deliberately “missed” taking those two meds so tonight, reading your piece, it gave me the emotional impact to be able to let those feeling come out and the tears came on. Thank you for sharing your story about your Dad, your love for him and for helping me by being able to read this and be able then to let go of some of the emotions that had been held back until now. Peace and love to you for your excellent writing skills. Jeni

  5. C-leen says:

    And I’m starting the day with a tear in me eye. Well done, girl.

  6. Erin says:

    This post broke my heart. Then I read the comments, and it broke all over again.

  7. Patois42 says:

    What a grand thought that he is there with every breath. Beautiful.

  8. lime says:

    and with the reading of this there is a hitch in my own inhalations and you take my breath away. hugs to you dear one. just hugs and love.

  9. actonbell says:

    Such a lovely, beautifully written tribute to your father! And happy birthday, Jocelyn, may you never feel alone.

  10. I’m glad I didn’t put on any mascara yet. That is so lovely–your bond and your memory.

  11. Jess says:

    This is so beautiful. I was born on my grandmother’s birthday- her first granddaughter. She died right before I met (in person) Todd and the kids and Daphne shares our birthday. This baby is due nine days before that birthday and it makes me miss her so much more.

  12. pam says:

    My own Dad passed away a couple of days ago and can really appreciate your sentiments here Jocelyn. Although my Dad was not alone, dementia as an illness can separate us from family and friends – I hope they find a cure to take away its ravaging effects one day.

  13. Ah, Jocelyn, I’m sorry. And glad he lives on in your heart. And floored that your mom chose to leave rather than wait out that last half year. And… mostly just sorry.

  14. He must have been quite a man–and he definitely raised quite a daughter.

  15. Bone says:

    Saying this was a wonderful tribute sounds so lame in comparison to the words your heart has written.

    I’m going to go see my Dad. Soon. Thank you.

  16. ilyanna says:

    Just want to reach out and give you a hug. Cheers to you, and your dad.

  17. Meg says:

    I can hardly imagine the swirl of emotions as you recovered from Paco’s birth and welcomed him, all the while knowing each day that you were saying good-bye to your father. Those daily conversations must be imprinted on you. I have to think that though he was alone physically when he died, he was hardly alone emotionally – clearly you had a close bond and he felt it, too. And what a touchstone March 25 will always be for you – a special connection. Thank you for sharing your story; now I understand better the heartfelt comments you have left for me, on mine.

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