If you make any resolutions for the new year, resolve that you will “shower the people you love with love” every chance you get.
This classic James Taylor song makes me think about my dad. I think about the look on his face when he walked into a houseful of family and friends at his surprise 70th birthday. I remember the speech he made about my mom at their 50th wedding anniversary party (way out of character, but he was clearly moved by the occasion.) I remember stories told and games played with the kids when we were gathered together, and blessings he prayed over decades of holiday meals that we shared.
Dad was truly the kindest, warmest, most loving father I could have ever asked for. I am so grateful that we were able to have as much time as we did. I recall the many special events we shared together, shining moments sparkling in a sea of memories; graduations, weddings, holidays, vacations, sporting events and parties. I see joy, laughter, and love in them all. All of the time and effort and planning and mess is forgotten when I think of those special times spent with my father and my family.
When you lose someone you dearly love, you become instantly aware of how much we take for granted in our lives. There will always be another birthday, another holiday, another opportunity… right?