The Greatest Man I Ever Knew

by Cari

My Dad died August 16, 2009. Coming up on the one year anniversary seems unreal. Every time I feel like I am finally getting a handle on my life and my feelings, something happens to remind me of some great event or life-changing event that happened in my life that my Dad was there and helped me through. When that happens, the tears flow and I feel just like I did the day he died. When does that stop?

My Dad wasn't my biological Dad, but he mattered to me more than life itself. He became my "dad" when I was barely a year old. He and I were like 2 peas in a pod. Even after my brother was born (Dad's only boy), his and my bond was something that was so strong and could never be broken.

He wasn't perfect. In fact, if I told stories of things he did years ago, in today's world, people would gasp. He spanked me; I was scared of him and what would happen if I disrespected him. Well guess what; it made me a better person and who I am today. If it weren't for him, I'd had 3 or 4 kids, probably no career, and have to depend on a man for living. Instead, he instilled into me that I shouldn't rely on anyone but myself to get through life and that I could do and be anyone I wanted to be.

I love and miss him so much. Can't wait until the day I see him again.

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Jun 10, 2010
by: Anonymous

I sounds like your dad was like mine. You were blessed to have such a great dad. My dad past away in 78 and I still miss him so. I lost my mother when I was 15 and my dad when I was 26. The pain does recede to the back of your heart but never really goes away.

On May the 21st I lost my 27 year old son and I just do not remember any pain as great as I am having now. I know that this pain too will recede in time but right now I can hardly bear it.

Just know that there are people out here that know your pain and can feel your sorrow. As they say grief shared is grief lessened or something like that. I am so glad you had a great relationship with you dad. May in rest in peace.

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