Monday, August 15, 2011

I will remember you...

A week ago, I lost my wonderful dad. To say that he will be missed every day is an understatement.

Ever since we lost my Mom in 1996, Dad would come to our house every night for supper. It was a given that as soon as it warmed up enough to eat outside, every meal would be served on the deck. All through the summer, until the chilly New England autumn drove us inside, this would be the place we would gather. How I love that man.

This photo was taken last summer. Dad was here for lunch and, of course, it was served out on the deck. This particular day, Dad and I had company. One of our many tame "Chips" decided to join us and Dad delighted in feeding him.

This is dad's favorite seat at the table. I don't think it has entirely sunk in yet that he will never join us again out on the deck. What wonderful memories have been made in this spot. If you look just beyond the railing, you will see a very special addition to our yard.

I am so grateful for, and touched by, the kindness we have felt from family and friends since losing Dad. Do you see the gorgeous wind chimes hanging from the oak tree next to the deck? They were sent last week from my wonderful publisher, Penny Lane Publishing, along with the sweetest sentiment, "To Donna and Family, This wind chime is sent to you in memory of your dad. As you hear the chimes, may you think of a lifetime of treasured memories with him."

What a lovely gift and sentiment. The chimes are gorgeous. I hung them right next to the deck, where so many of our wonderful memories were made. I had no sooner hung them when the most heavenly breeze came through, gently swaying the branches of the trees. The wind chimes immediately started making their beautiful melody and I felt dad right there with me.

Thank you, my friends at Penny Lane. You have no idea how much your sweet words and generous gift have meant to me and my family. I will think of Dad every time I hear these beautiful chimes.

I plan to dedicate another post to my dad so I will be back soon.

I love you Dad,

Donna Doo, Ducky, Little Girl