You Meant the World to Me My Friend


Dear Dad,
While your recent passing has broken my(and all of our hearts), I’m confident that I’ll be able to rebound in due time. That’s not the case for everyone-all humans- but for me I know that is the truth.
You see dad, mom and yourself seemingly had the answers to all of our woes growing up into adults. You knew what to say to us and when and, as busy as you were with work,you always made time for us and repeatedly, like mom, let us know that we were your guys’ top priority.
You knew when it was time to be serious and focused but also knew, just as well, when to laugh and enjoy the gifts that were each of our lives, which I think I remember and treasure the most. That is why all 10 of your kids ended up finding success in our lives.
Just a few days before you went to be with mom, there was a time that you and I had a short time to talk. I was telling you about Eric and how well he’s doing in school and theater. I also tearfully shared with you how fortunate I was to have a nice relationship with Eric. It was at this time that you shared one sentence with me that was so, so true in our lives: “A father and son should be able to be friends.” Now, in a perfect world, that might occur for every father and son, but, no, the real world is not a perfect place, so having friendly relationships with your child(ren) takes a lot of work, work that you and mom did with all 10 of us kids. A job well done, 10 times over.
These are some of the clearest memories I have of you, Dad.I also recall the many minor league games that you and I went to. Making time on many a summer night to take in many a minor league baseball game, a classic example of your kindness and willingness to want and develop a relationship with me.
Obviously, you will be sorely missed by all of those who loved you. My guess would be that you can now see everything that I have written right here dad. I hope that I did you justice,dad, and do me a favor: Tell mom that I said hi.

Love your youngest,

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