Recently, Eli, who is my youngest,
posted a photo on Facebook and
taught me a lesson about
overcoming (fill in the blank)
In the photo, he was wearing a plaid flannel shirt.
A shirt that once belonged to his dad …
a mighty man who died 20 years ago.
I came across (my dad’s) old shirt and had to try it on.
I was surprised to see that I still barely fit into it.
So many years have passed and
I still felt like a toddler trying on my dad’s clothes.
He was such a big man and part of me hoped
I would fill it out after all this time.
But then it dawned on me
that I was meant to be my own man
and make my own path.
As I put the shirt away to find again another day,
I thought about how lucky I was
to be in such a wonderful place in my life
with so many loving supportive people around me.
I miss you Dad and
I am so thankful to be from your bloodline
but I am so joyful that my life played out the way it has.
He closed with,
“I’ll see you on the other side some day.”
(Eli “helping” his dad, Jay, (Hot & Hunky) with a plumbing project. – 1996)
And just like that,
I was in a puddle.
Grief is like that.
It comes when it comes and
there is no predicting when it will
turn your life inside out
and upside down.
Grief can knock you down,
but it doesn’t have to knock you out.