Child nine of 14
by Vanessa L. Richardson
Although it was expected somewhat - there was still shock and disappointment when my daddy passed just one month ago. I tried to bargain with him to stay alive until Thanksgiving - thinking that if we could just get through Thanksgiving, then I could bargain with him through Christmas and through the New Year 2011. My father had other plans, and my first thought was "he left me". But he did not leave just me, I have 12 brothers and sisters and he and my mom spent over 63 years in a committed marriage.
My dad was a great provider, a humble man, very patient and kind. He spent his life working for over 40 years to ensure that we had what we needed. I cried yesterday for the second time since that first day I heard that he was gone. I was on my way to see him and I thought he would wait until I arrived at the hospital with the others living out of town, but my daddy left me. I am comforted that he is no longer suffering, and I miss him all the same.