Monday, June 8, 2009

Savor each day... we miss you Papa P!

Ecclesiastes really highlights the fact that there is a time for everything. The Bible lets us know that our days are numbered. For this reason, I love birthdays. They are a gift and a blessing. I want to celebrate those I love on their birthdays because I am thankful for that year in their life!!
We lost my dear father-in-law almost a year and a half ago. His presence is greatly missed. We are visiting one of his favorite places and we all feel the void. Our 5 year old named a turtle "Papa P" on this trip. We talk about him and the things that he used to do here. Tonight we returned to his favorite restaurant for the first time since he passed away. DH & his mama weren't ready to go last year, and I completely understand. It was weird being there tonight. D's sweet cousin proposed a toast to Papa and we all clinked glasses. But that didn't bring Papa back. He still isn't here. He can't play golf tomorrow morning with DH & our son. He can't take us to his favorite pizza place or make "Papa's eggs" for breakfast. Things are different, and we all miss him. Even this beautiful picture didn't feel right, because Papa should be in it sporting one of his hats. We miss you, Papa.

Family vacations are not always a vacation. They can be a lot of work. We all say things that hurt one another. Feelings get hurt, people are tired or stressed, and it's not easy. It's hard for different families to share a house or condo or hotel rooms. Yet these times are precious!!! How often do grandparents get to spend hours with their grandchildren? When do adult sons and daughters get to enjoy uninterrupted time with their parents? As you travel this summer and spend time with family, make the most of each moment. Take LOTS of pictures. You will treasure them one day, even if everyone moaned when you took it. I promise!


Blair said...

I totally agree with you AH. I just back from a family trip to England to see my family that lives there and took over 1000 pictures. Perhaps I went a little overboard - but everyone sure did enjoy looking at them! :) Every picture is a treasured memory!

Thanks for reminding us that every day is a gift. Hope you continue to enjoy your vacation! You deserve it!!

EntertainingMom said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. These guys haven't lost a grandparent yet. I lost all 4 of mine within a short period of time a few years ago. I was so grateful to have them in my life for such a long time. Grandparents are special indeed!

Kim said...

What a beautiful post. Your message is timely and a great reminder that every day is truly a gift!
I will remember your sweet thoughts all day long as I "bother" my kids will the requests to pose for yet another photo on our Hong Kong adventure! Thanks for following along and all your words of encouragement! Blessings, Kim