by Angel Harris
Few things in life will be as shocking as the moment you learn your Dad has died. There is a fraction of a moment before the news fully begins to hit you when the whole world stops. The sounds around you seem muffled and far away. You are aware for those very few seconds that you are about to get slammed with a reality you can't possibly already know how to cope with. Whether it's God, or simply the instinctive reaction of the human brain that gives you that tiniest bit of time between knowing what's coming and actually beginning to feel it, it's a sensation that is difficult to describe. And then it hits you. Your Dad is gone. And your life will never be the same again.Despite the fact that my Dad had been sick for some time, the reality is i was completely stunned when i was told he had just died. I think somehow, somewhere inside of me, I clung to the belief that my Dad couldn't really die. But it has happened. At this time nothing can ease my total heartbreak over the fact that my Dad has died. Maybe in time I will learn a new normal. I have lost a teacher and someone to look up to. I can only hope that I can teach as he did. With all my heart, and with every tear, I will try and be the daughter you raised me to be. I love you DAD, rest in peace.