A couple of days ago my Dad’s caregiver, Kathy, was feeding him some very thin soup. “Fred,” she said, “you’re going to have to get better so you and I can go out for a cheeseburger.” He turned toward me and said in a loud whisper, “It looks like I’m trying to rob the cradle.” With raised eyebrows, he grinned. Typical, ornery Dad.

That was the last verbal communication I had with him. Then it went to hand squeezes and eyebrow lifts. My Daddy went to heaven yesterday morning.

In my head I understand he’s not hurting any more, but I just wish my heart could catch up to my head. I’ve lost my mom, my brother and now my dad. As strange as it sounds, I think I know kind of how an orphan must feel. So, now I’ll be looking for my new normal.

Here’s to you, Dad, for a life well lived and for the legacy you left. I love you.


5 responses to “

  • Prairie Village

    Suzette…we grieve with you…but not as the world grieves, who have no hope…may your tears be mixed with that blessed assurance…that the dead in Christ will be raised…and together we will forever taste of the glory of the knowledge of God.

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Mary Paddock

    I'm so very sorry Suzette. You are in my prayers.

  • Wanda Belline

    Suzette–thinking of you today and knowing that you will find your “new normal” soon. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Luise

    Oh, Suzette, you have had to deal with so much loss recently. We both know that the loss is temporary, but the pain is still deep and real in the now. Just know that I love you, am thinking of you and I pray for God's peace for us both, Luise

  • Dawne

    So sorry to hear about your dad. God must have been ready for him to join Him in Heaven. I lost my dad 13 years ago and I think of him often and still miss him but I know he is free of pain now and I would want that for him. I do miss that he missed my boys growing up but he did get to meet them and I am sure he keeps his eye on them from Heaven just as your dad and family are doing to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you!

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