It’s that time when years ago this day I received a late night call from my step-mother that my father passed. It’s with bitter sweet memories filled with tears and joy that I recall a parent, one of four wonderful parent’s I was given. My mother, Barbara Cooper who along with him gave me life. My step-parents Donald Cooper, and Barbara Natali who treated me as if I were their own.
In a sense, his passing was a blessing because it means he was no longer struggling with his health. On the other hand, it was a bad day because I would no longer be able to see his smile, listen to him laugh, and witness the love he had with my step-mother Barbara Natali. They were best friends as well as lovers, and growing up to witness that love and friendship was inspirational.
My father had the patience of a saint with us children. He always gave even when he had nothing left to give, he gave more. He was quiet, didn’t wear shorts, and funny. Boy was he a funny man. His humor can be seen in me and my siblings. His kindness and love lives in us all.
Funny that you don’t realize all you have until it’s gone. I can recall all the times growing up with him. My first sip of beer when I was a toddler, going to the baseball games he and my Uncle Bob coached. Dressing up for Halloween as Super Wop, and all the other times in between.
I love you dad, I miss you, but I know you’re watching over us. I know I have Angels with me today to help me get through it. I know they are with me every day and have seen and experienced their guidance and help. The most recent Angelic guidance was last week when my truck needed servicing. When I pulled into the mechanic, he pointed out a problem which if gone unfixed, would have resulted in a fatal accident. Want to learn more? Check out this great article that talks about Angels: http://www.angeltherapy.com/blog/3-types-angels-are-you
The Gift God Gave Me Was You
I will never say goodbye to you my Father
because I know this is not the end for us to see each other.
You will only be going to a… place where there’s no pain nor suffering.
I am happy for you, for you will be with God.
For now we need to go in separate ways.
I remember how your arms hold me and give me strength.
You were always there to listen, love, and defend me in everything.
You were my very best friend.
In my triumphs you were always proud.
I’m very grateful and proud to call you my dad.
Here deep inside my heart you’ll always be.
I would give up everything I have just to hug you one more time.
I remember the last time I held your hand and how you looked at me in the eyes.
If only I could turn back the time I would have never let you go.
I felt the world stop and my heart stop beating when they told me you were gone…….
How I wish I was only dreaming.
Just like the rain; tears fell down from my eyes, I couldn’t speak for awhile.
Thank you Dad….
For always understanding, listening, caring, and loving me your whole life.
The greatest gift God gave me was YOU…….. my Dad…
It’s difficult to let you go but I must…
I must return the gift God gave me…
See you in Heaven………