Saturday, January 1, 2011

So.

My dad passed away on Thursday. Had a massive heart attack and died. Which, if you think about it, is pretty much the best way for an 80 year old, insulin dependant diabetic to go. It was a bit of a shock, but then again, not really. He's been in awful condition for such a long time, and abused his body pretty much his whole life.

It's interesting. My dad was a hard man. Bad at relationships, hard to take at times, but I find myself only focusing on the good. I guess that is what happens. He taught me to fly airplanes. Showed me the joy in little things (we used to go for wonderful waterfall weekends where we would drive to waterfalls and look at them. And I loved it). He would stop at any carousel and let me ride on it. He was my 'fun' parent for much of my childhood - letting me do and eat whatever I wanted on the weekends I spent with him. He always has great stories (if he did manage to insert himself into them in a bit of a fictional way).

So tomorrow, I fly into NC to spend the week (god save me) with my stepmother and my half-brothers and hope that it's OK. Hope that Aaron survives with two kids on his own for almost a whole week, and hope that I can deal with Dad's crazy extended family. I'm sure there will be stories to tell on the other side.

Happy new year.

22 comments:

BigP's Heather said...

I'm so sorry. I hope you have a safe travel and it isn't too crazy with the family.

It is what it is said...

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. It sounds like he lived his life to the fullest. Glad you have memories of good times spent with him.

HereWeGoAJen said...

I'm sorry about your dad. I'll be thinking about you.

Cathy-Cate said...

My condolences; my thoughts are with you and your family. It's always hard, no matter when and how. Good luck in the upcoming week...

k2 said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. You'll be in my thoughts this week.

Karen said...

I'm so sorry. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

serenity said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Thinking about you.

xoxo

Heather said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I hope your week goes as well as can be expected. (and good luck to your husband!)

Tara said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear this. Thoughts are with you.

Sue Z said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. yes, a sudden death at age 80 is about as good as it gets in this life. But it is difficult for the survivors. I hope the week in NC goes as well as possible.

Kahla said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, sending prayers for safe travel and comfort,

Deborah said...

So sorry about the loss of your dad. Good luck to both you and Aaron this week!

Sara said...

I am sorry about your dad. 80 years old or not, it isn't easy to lose a parent.
Be safe in your travels.

amysue said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Safe travels and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brandy said...

Just as so many have said, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I'm thinking of you and your family at this time.

Annalien said...

So sorry about your loss. Thinking of you in this time. I pray that 2011 will be a good year for you and your family.

Janet said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Praying for you to find comfort during this difficult time. Safe travels to you!

Lucia said...

So sorry (again). You will be fine, and Aaron will be fine. (Grant went to London for a week when the kids were little and I lived, and I just survived the annual onslaught of relatives, so there you are.)

areyoukiddingme said...

I'm sorry for your loss...

Orodemniades said...

My condolences, CeCe.

Calliope said...

Oh honey! I am so sorry. Thinking of you lots. xo

cowgirltn said...

I am sorry for you loss and hope the visit goes smoothly.