When I logged onto facebook last night, I saw a status update from my friend Danny Payton from Paoli.
His status simply read: “Dad died 7 years ago today. Miss him.”
Not many things these days make me sit in silence and stare. This did. I read it over and over and over. I looked it without reading it for minutes. It made me take pause.
I’ve been trying to be more thankful lately. This made me thankful: thankful that my dad is still alive. I don’t have to miss him. My dad is a good man and he was and is a good dad. I would trade him for no one. And I hope one day to be as good a man as he has been. I just needed to say that out loud; to take pause and say that out loud.
Many people commented on Danny’s post. I hope a few of them will allow me the license to quote them here just as they responded to Danny:
Vickie Kirkman…July is a bad month for me too, Danny. Daddy died on July 24th of 1998 and Mom died on July 15 of 2001. I still get the urge to call them. I guess we never stop missing them
Patricia Adams…Sorry, you will always miss your parents when they are gone. I still miss my Dad and its been 40 years
Mary Sage Rutledge…I still really miss my Mom and dad too and I really miss Mike so much every single day!!!I is just so hard to lose the ones we love.My thoughts and prayers are with you today.
Sue Oakley…Same here Danny. It’s tuff. I still really miss my parents. Praying for you today.
I wrote to Danny also…”Danny, you posting this thought made me take pause and be thankful I still have my dad and mom. Take heart that your memories have made someone else thankful. And thanks for blessing all of us by sharing.”
Now, for the rest of you. Do you need to take pause and remember someone? If you do, how about working up the courage, like Danny, to remember them out loud. It’ll bless you and others. Or do you need to take pause and be thankful you can still call, visit and hug your parents? How about working up the courage to tell them you’re thankful for who they are. And leave a comment here or somewhere letting us share in how you’re feeling about parents or loved ones that are gone or that you still have. It’ll bless us all to hear about your journey.