Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dad WestoverMy father-in-law for 50+ years–today would have been his 101st birthday. His birthday was one month from my father’s birthday. I don’t know where I was on this day last year, but his birthday passed me by, as did my own father’s birthday.

As I sat here reading entries on WordPress, I realized that today was Dad W’s birthday and knew I needed to write about it.

So many memories … it’s hard to pick out just one or two. He’s the one responsible for our winter home in Arizona. He continues to be a hallmark of living as well as you can, for as long as you can. He’s the only person I’ve ever known who weaned himself off bottled oxygen. He was full of life and determination. He died at the age of 98, on the 8th anniversary of his third marriage — he’d outlived the first two wives. He had proposed at the age of 90, promising to give his love 10 years of happiness. He almost made it. It wasn’t for lack of willpower, but rather a body that had aged beyond repair. Happy Birthday, dad. Miss you…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Life is so precious and so very fragile. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Our love for one another remains when all else is gone.


About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. My hobbies include creating art with fabric (quilting and sewing) and paper (cardmaking), reading, writing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in our G scale garden railroad), travel and volunteering. I owned a secretarial and desktop publishing business years ago and was a professional proofreader. I closed my business in 1999 when my husband retired, but I continue to enjoy proofreading and editing for e-authors. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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3 Responses to Tuesday, June 19, 2018

  1. mageb says:

    What lovely words for a really good man. 🙂


  2. dkzody says:

    I’m glad you had such a good father-in-law. Mine was pretty good, too, and would have been even better if he was not constantly gaslighted by the narcissistic wife. But that’s another story. Good men are to be admired.

    Yes, live life with gratitude. My oldest friend died this past weekend. I feel like a part of me is gone, too, as there are so many stories we shared and now there is no one with whom to remember them.

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    • tehachap says:

      Oh goodness, I am so very sorry for your loss. I actually don’t have any really close friends anymore. I left them all when I moved up here. I never gave it a thought until I read your note. I envy you the closeness you had. You are blessed.

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