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!