It’s been a great day today! The weather has pretty much been perfect, I got to sleep in, I got a walk in with Becky, I build and installed the Bimini cover for our pontoon with the boys, had a wonderful time at a graduation party, got an excellent bike ride in, and am now starting the process of winding down with the family. Ahh…
Earlier in the day Gavin and I decided to play a game out on the deck so we could take full advantage of the weather. As we started playing I couldn’t help but smile when I realized the full picture of who was sitting across from me. There was Gavin smiling away as he played while wearing one of my dad’s way too big hats on his head. In that split second of realization my heart almost burst with joy. Throughout our couple of games I could’ve swore Dad was sitting alongside Gavin egging him on as Gavin was giving his old man a little smack talk. That in of itself brought so much joy that it would’ve been blog-worthy, but as Paul Harvey would say, ‘and now for the rest of the story…”
Two years ago today was the last time I communicated with my dad while he was alive. In a perfectly fitting way that both he and I would appreciate our last texts to each other were some good natured jabs at each other. Never in a million years would I have guessed those would have been our last words, but they couldn’t have been scripted any better.
Regardless, the realization of the anniversary of that last communication has left me missing Dad tremendously over the past few days. There were a couple of times at church last night when I caught myself choking up a bit as I thought of him. To go from missing Dad like that to seeing his smile on Gavin’s face while Gavin wore his hat pretty much made my day today. It reminded me that Dad is still with me in spirit and I am so blessed and fortunate to have made so many awesome memories with him. In a glimpse I was reminded of how fortunate I am to have had Dad in my life for as long as I did.
Whoever would’ve thought one simple hat could bring that much joy?