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A day of distractions

Yesterday was my father's birthday. He would have been 77. I tried to fill my day with distractions to keep my mind off of my dad and his special day. Working out, taking Harper to the park, baking brownies were some of those distractions. Of course, having two rambunctious children helps distract me as well.

However, it's my children who steer my thoughts to my dad most often. In the year between my mother's death and my father's death, my girls and I spent a lot of time with my dad. We would visit him often, the girls always looking forward to their sleepovers with "Pop". Harper had a special relationship with him. It's hard to define it, really. She was just two at the time of his death, but you could tell that they thoroughly enjoyed each other.

But, at the end of the day, I put the distractions aside and celebrated my dad's birthday. While the girls were having ice cream, we put a candle in each of their scoops and sang "Happy Birthday" to Pop. After the girls were in bed, I browsed pictures and videos, re-living those moments with my dad. Those memories are so special to me, and despite the distractions, I'll never forget them.

3 comments

Life Without Pink said...

OH wow what a nice post. I am sorry to hear about your dad but yes you should celebrate. I am sure he was a wonderful father! Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet comments. Made my day :)

PS You are so in my "tribe" lol.

April said...

It was a bittersweet day for me too. I had my quiet time in the morning to reflect on all of the wonderful memories then spent the day celebrating with my friend Nancy. We had a great lunch and talked about our Dads then hit the Macys sale. I was so grateful for her friendship and support on a difficult day.

Sheila said...

April,
Sounds like you a have good friend in Nancy. Glad she was there for you on a difficult day!