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8 Years


Dad as a Badass Marine

Today it has been 8 years since my dad passed away.

I still resent the fact that he only got to be a grandpa to my twins for one, brief weekend.

I still wear his USMC t-shirt and sweatshirt when I need to feel him close.

I still remember the feel of his hand that I held during his very last breaths.


Dad doing his 'mojo' dance at my wedding

I have his "cankles", his sense of humor, and his mad dancing skillz.

My daughters each have a 'look' they do when they are being silly and I have to do a double-take to make sure it isn't him.


He still comes to me sometimes in my dreams to let me know he's ok, that he's in a good place, that we will be reunited some day.

I still wake up from those dreams with and empty feeling and burst into tears.

Eight years ago today

I realized how precious life is.

I stopped sweating the small stuff.

But I also expreienced true regret - wishing I had said, done, been


 The first and only time he held the Twofer, a week before he died. Happy early Father's Day Dad.

Miss you forever and always.

For more posts on my dad read:

Happy Flag Day

What it's like to get married on Halloween

Reader Comments (2)

Oh sweetheart <3 <3 <3 <3

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I'm so sorry, Janine. My dad died almost nine years ago, and I know no matter how old you are when it happens, losing a parent just wrenches your gut. This is a beautiful tribute (I love the picture of him dancing at your wedding!). Looks like he was a wonderful guys - my heart goes out to you.

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa F.

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