Topic: Happy Father's Day Daddy
Today is the first Father's Day without my one and only Daddy. Leroy Addison passed away courageously January 14 of this year. My Daddy was the bravest and strongest man I have ever known. He was a farmer, cattle rancher, bird watcher and the loyalest Florida Gator football fan around. Today as our family comes together to celebrate Father's Day for my husband and my brother, a chair at our table will be empty. Even though it is full of warm happy memories of our Daddy and Papa, a huge void will be felt today. This year, for the first time in 43 years, I did not buy a Father's Day present or card. This was very painful for me. As I stood there and read the cards for other people, when I came across the "Happy's Fathers Day from your daughter" cards, I lost it right there in Wal-Mart.
To all the other daughters who have lost their daddies to this disease, I will post this poem once again.....it has helped me just get through the day sometimes.
Happy Father's Day Daddy - may you rest in peace until we meet again. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and what a wonderful Daddy you were to me. We miss you and love you very much.
He is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.