So Grateful to Celebrate Father’s Day

2008 was probably the toughest year of my life.  Looking back  two years later the year is still painful.  Losing three family members and a good friend and his wife all within a span of four months was all that my heart could take.

I remember being so ready for the year to be over.  It was Christmas and we were in the home stretch.  It was the holidays, nothing else could possibly go wrong this year, but I was wrong.  It was two days after Christmas, I had just gotten inside the house when my brother pulled me aside.  “Dad had a massive heart attack, we need to go to the hospital.”  I felt my heart stop.  I could not, would not lose another person in my life.

My mind was going in a million directions and all I wanted was my dad to be okay.  When we got to the ER my dad was looking pale and hooked up to the machines, and I was just happy he was alive and conscious.  They admitted him into ICU and we had no choice but to go back home and attempt to sleep.

I spent my days and nights at the hospital, driving back and forth between home and there.   I spent time with my dad as we watched TV and talked about what was going on.  I was scared for him, as they had scheduled his quadruple bypass for January 1.  So on New Years Eve I gave my dad a hug and reassured him (and secretly myself too) that he was going to be fine and he’d get through the surgery and life would be great.

I didn’t wake up early enough to get to the hospital when they wheeled him in, but was there when they brought him out.  The surgery went brilliantly with no complications and that was a wonderful start to my 2009.

I am so thankful that my dad is alive and well.

Dad,  thanks for being the rock that I needed when life was so rough.  Thanks for crying with me when I didn’t want to leave home, but I had to go away.  Thanks for buying me silly gadgets like the Ninja and cleaning devices because you are convinced that I will use them.  Thanks for remembering to get me all my favorite snacks when you go to the Asian market.  Thanks for supporting my shortlived hobbies by buying me supplies like gardening tools even though I rarely use them.  Thanks for singing Elvis songs with  me around the house.  Thanks for loving me.

❤ Kimberly

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers who give all the love and support that their child needs.

Happy Father’s Day to my grandfathers.  We all miss you, and wish you were still here with us.

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