A Father and a Teacher

by Vincent Addona
(Whitehouse Station NJ USA)

My dad passed away on September 11, 2012. Even though Ii live in NJ, i was fortunate enough not to know any of the souls that were lost on 9/11 until now. Funny, how after saying that for 11 years it really hit home. My dad was and still is the greatest force in my life. He taught me how to be strong but also to be gentle. He taught me to stand up for what was right but also say when I was wrong but most of all he showed us how to love. He love my mom and us uncoditionally and this is the man iItry to be. If I have one regret it is that I did not tell him I that I love him enough. This makes me made at myself but he still is teaching me because I will tell my wife and children those three simple words evry day. Dad, thank you and I love you forever.

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Sep 30, 2012
A Father and a Teacher
by: Doreen U.K.

Vincent I am sorry for your loss of your father. We just get so used to having our family and never think that one day they will be gone. I used to try and imagine this and how it would feel? But you know. You can't imagine it. I used to try and imagine how it would feel to lose my husband. I just couldn't bear the thought of him not being here. It happened 5 months ago. Steve died from lung cancer caused by working with Asbestos. Steve died slowly over a 3yr. battle with cancer. It was the most horrid experience of my life to lose someone I loved utterly with all my heart and soul. I couldn't even imagine this pain. No one can even guess what grief feels like. I am glad I got to tell Steve how much I loved him. I didn't do it too often otherwise it would become a ritual and perhaps lose its value. I preferred to show it. I nursed Steve through his cancer. It mattered not how rough it got. I found the strength to lift Steve up and bathe him and do everything he needed. I was priveleged to have Steve in my life. Oh! how my heart breaks.
Vincent I am sure your father would know how much you loved him even if you didn't say it too often. sometimes saying I love You too often can become like a habit. Father's are such an important force in a son's life. It is said that fathers teach their son's how to be MEN. I hope all sons have the bond that you shared with your father that makes you speak so highly of him.

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