The last year has been full of stress, as most could imagine, for our family. With July 13th being the one-year anniversary of Dad’s passing, this month has probably been one of the worst for some. I took some time to reflect on some things this morning before work. As I was doing this, thoughts of things, I believe dad would say, flooded my brain. His voice was as clear to me as if he were sitting beside me. Maybe he was…
I (Bobi) heard him. His words gave me peace and I hope they do that for my family. He loves every one of us and couldn’t be prouder. He is near us all. I get woken up at the same time out of a sound sleep every night and I just have to laugh and go back to sleep. I feel he is just letting me know he is still with me. Why he chooses to wake me up so early…I don’t know.
These are the words are heard him say for each of us, starting with the youngest:
Lorenzo, beautiful and talented, just like your grandfather. You can do great things, when you put your mind to it. Don’t let anything hold you back.
Brandi, a jewel among stones. Sometimes overlooked, but out shines everyone with a beautiful smile and the heart to match. I see happiness that has been missing. You are the diamond in the Tiffany’s box, what everyone wants, but only the worthiest will obtain.
Nicholas, handsome and strong, like me. I’m proud of the man you have grown to be. When are you going to marry Katie?
Bubba, hang in there, better things are close at hand. I have always said you were “strong like bull.” You have the strength of many.
Ta, what do ya think? Would you do it again? You gave me your all and that was more than enough. How you do what you do every day, it is an amazing thing.
Sean, my son, you have taken on a lot. Take time for yourself. Do what makes you happy. Enjoy what you can and let go of the rest. You have my charm. You are a gifted carpenter and a respected balloonist. Embrace your talents and be the best you, you can be. Life is too short.
Jo Carol. Straighten up! I know you miss me. I have never left your side. Don’t worry so much. Everything is going to be fine. We did good. We have an amazing family. Our life was not always perfect, but we always got through. You will see me again, when it is meant to be. I have been busy working on our home. It will be ready when you get here. I am proud to call you my wife. I want you to be happy. I am here no matter what. Remember our time together and live life to the fullest. Our family still needs you. The next generation is right around the corner. I love you, I always have.
If I taught you all anything, I hope it was to do and be your best and to live life to the fullest. Laugh, love, and let go.