If my dad were alive, he would have turned 95 today. I love this particular picture because as a parent, I recognize the harried look in his eyes (and hair). Yes, I’m the critter in the picture with so much hair. And that’s original Coke, baby. Those of you that know me, now you know why I drink so much soda! 😉
My father died of a heart attack three days after his 61st birthday on May 8, 1980. I’m pretty sure I either got him a tie or some socks that year for his birthday. Whatever it was, he never had time to wear it. The worst part was that I was in 2nd grade at the time, and I became “that girl whose father died.” I hated that, being known for the death of a parent. Having people whisper about you behind your back like you couldn’t hear them.
I think that’s one of the reasons I so enjoyed Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk. Her main character, Meg, said this after losing her brother in high school:
“Once they knew about Wyatt, things would be too awkward. I needed friends, not more people who felt sorry for me.”
Yep. Of course, we had friends, our church, and my mom was (and is) this amazingly strong woman who kept it together. We made it through, and now his death is just something that happened in the past. I remember scraps about my dad, and enjoyed digging through pictures tonight to find ones to share with you. Bittersweet memories.
Meg, on the other hand, deals with major survivor’s guilt, a mom who has mentally checked-out, and a dad who relocates the family to Wyoming to try and get a new start on life. She leaves behind everything she knows to get a do-over, a chance to be a normal girl where no one knows about her past and the tragic death of her older brother. How does it work for her? Slowly, but that’s all I’m going to tell you. So go read the book. 🙂
I’ve got the sequel, but I haven’t read it yet. Soon, though.
TELL ME – ANY BITTERSWEET MEMORIES YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE ON THIS CINCO DE MAYO?