Earlier this morning I’d looked at the calendar and was reminded of everything going on last June 4th. Dominic’s soccer team had just about wrapped up their season and had a great game in Madison followed by a huge party at one of the parents’ house of one of his teammates. I was going to call my dad, but it was getting a little late after the party and I was a little worn out. Thinking nothing of it I figured I’d call him on my way home from work on the next day.
At about the same time my Uncle Tom Kreiling reached out to Dad and had a wonderful long phone conversation with him. Uncle Tom told me about how much he’d enjoyed the time on the phone with Dad catching up and shooting the bull like brothers do. When I was getting up and moving this morning the memory of talking with Uncle Tom about his conversation with Dad was top of mind and I smiled thinking about how great it was that they had that time to talk with each other one last time.
Out of the blue my Uncle Tom called me today. We shot the bull for quite some time and had a wonderful conversation. There were jokes about Nick and I going camping this weekend. There was a lot of catching up on what we’re both up to. There was time spent talking about vacations past and upcoming. There was also a lot of talk about that last conversation with Dad. It felt so awesome to be talking with him about it.
Something about talking with him just felt so right that I had goosebumps at times. In some ways it was like I was talking with Dad. In other ways it helped me get my head wrapped around what had happened at this time last year. And, just like when talking with Dad, Uncle Tom even had some good advice that I’m going to take! All in all it was comforting and greatly appreciated. It’s something that I’ll have to make sure happens a little more often than I have in the past.