I am overwhelmed with emotions today. It's snowing on this first day of spring. My heart is still sad over the loss of my father-in-law, and all that we will never get to share with him. We were waiting to have a graduation celebration, for my youngest, until spring. He received his High School Diploma last autumn, but we wanted the weather to be nice so his grandpa might be able to come.
My father-in-law always wanted his grandsons to go to college. My youngest received confirmation he was accepted into college two days after his grandpa's passing. My oldest son had decided to return to college in the fall and was working on the paperwork. We never got the chance to share any of this with their grandpa. He would be so proud.
When loss comes, there are always things left unsaid, undone. We move through the stages of loss and acceptance, and ultimately realize it wouldn't matter when the loss occurred. We will always have more we wanted to share with those we loved.
The best tribute we can give is to live our lives fully, completely. Just get out there. Accomplish our dreams. Live well. Appreciate life, and love every day we are given.
© 20MAR2012 aj