48 weeks, 11 months and 341 days ~ that is the amount of time that has continued on day in and day out since April 21, 2017. The day my world changed forever. The day time stood still. The day that I wondered how I would get out of bed from that day forward. The day that my hero left his earthly body to soar with the angels.
What I have learned in this year of firsts is that I am just like him. Tough. Strong yet tender. I have learned that a promise made here on earth will be shown to you through Heaven’s glimpses. My Dad told me he would always be with me and has proven that to me time and time again in these last 48 weeks, 11 months and 341 days and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he will continue to show me he is with me. I know that God gives us those moments and I am so very thankful for that.
You may call this crazy or a coincidence but I call it divine. Stay with me and let me explain. When my Dad was doing the dirt work for our new home 5 years ago, GW took a photo of his boots and those of my daughter’s as they stood in the fresh dirt. I told Daddy that when he went to get a new pair, I wanted his old ones for the basement to go with my Western theme.
My Momma gave me his boots last week. And if you follow this blog at all or my Instagram posts, you know that my brother has always called him our Superman. Flipping through the ringtones for the house phone (yes, we still have a landline) I came across the Superman theme ringtone after Christmas so of course that is what it is set to. Very rarely does the house phone ring. Miss M gathered her first pair of “Pappy boots” and her second pair and I took them downstairs to sit next to the fireplace. I sat them down ~ stood back ~ smiled and said Hi Daddy. The moment after saying Hi Daddy ~ the house phone started ringing. I tilted my head back and laughed and knew that was his way of saying Hi Baby Girl. I went out to the garage where GW was working on something and asked him how often does the house phone ring and he said not often why ~ I proceeded to tell him what just occurred and he smiled and said ~ well, your Dad told you he would always be with you and he is.
In 24 days we will have completed our year of firsts and yet as it is completed, we will always have moments of laughter through tears. 341 days ago, today seemed so far off and now I wonder where time has gone. And it is through the Grace of God Himself that I have peace beyond any and all understanding.
XOXO ~ PGWW
I’m so sorry about your father! But what a lovely post, and I’m glad that you have your memories and that his presence is still with you.
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Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish the world knew just want an amazing man my Dad was whether it was being a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, excavator.
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