Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Post I Should Have Written

I've spent a few weeks complaining about the words not flowing and not having anything to blog about.  Last week, as I had the kids draw and mail out cards to Daddy for his birthday and I got ready to leave for our trip down south to visit both of my parents, I realized there was a post I should have written.

March marked the one year anniversary of Daddy's heart attack. Last year for his birthday, I was rushing down to see him so I could see with my own eyes that he was okay.  Even though he was and it ended up being a fun vacation without kids for me and even though my family found humor in the situation as we usually do, it hasn't been a free and clear road to recovery. 

Still, my family is fortunate and blessed to have another birthday to spend with Daddy.

I am thrilled that when I hug him I am no longer smothered by the smell of cigarette smoke because he is still smoke free.

My heart is warmed when I watch my mom and Daddy walk hand in hand around the RV park exercising and talking with friends.

I am encouraged when he rags on his friends in the park, verbally poking and teasing like always, picking on my mother's family and then being gracious and humorous and putting up with them and enjoying their company when they arrive, because even though he is still struggling daily with anxiety, he hasn't given up and his personality hasn't changed.

We are so very lucky.

This is the post I should have written, but the words wouldn't come.

I'm glad they have.

15 comments:

The Dose of Reality said...

Yay for your sweet Daddy! So glad he is okay. And so glad that you shared this post.-The Dose Girls

Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

This is undoubtedly the post you should have written! Thank you for sharing the joy!

Angelwithatwist said...

YEAH for him making the choice to quit smoking and sticking with it. happy birthday to him. Spend all that time with him darling make those memories.

Shell said...

I'm so glad that he is doing well!

B. Jenkins said...

I am glad your dad is doing well. Sudden illnesses like strokes and heart attacks can change not only that person's life forever, but their families too. Yaaay to him for being tabacco free!

WhisperingWriter said...

I'm so glad he's doing well!

Blond Duck said...

I'm so glad he had a full recovery!

Andrea B. said...

Your words flow beautifully and brought me tears. I'm so glad your daddy is doing okay and that health is a priority. xo to you all.

Charlotte Klein said...

It is such a relief to see that he's doing well, and what a blessing to see your parents rekindle their love for one another. As difficult as it is to face something so horrific, I'm glad that it's given the ol' man a new lease on life and he seems ready to embrace it from a much healthier place in life now. Bravo to him!

Bev Feldman said...

Wow, how scary that must have been for you and your family last year, but how wonderful for him to be in the place where he is now.

Melissa said...

Isn't interesting how it is when we struggle to find words and get our ideas out that we end up with something very special! I love how you are cherishing the things that may seem small to others but have a big impact for you!
Stopping by from SITS!

Mimi B said...

Holy cow, it's been a year? Time flies. I'm so glad you don't smell smoke when you hug him! What a blessing to have another year!

copilotmom said...

Sometimes the words we want to share take a little time to show themselves. So glad to hear that he is smoke free and doing well.

mommyincolor.com said...

My mother just had a heart attack in December and it was a couple weeks before Christmas. She made it out ok with a stent placed in her left anterior artery and I'm thankful to have her with us now,especially when her sister died the month before she had her heart attack. I'm Jennice visiting from #SITSsharefest.

a happier girl said...

Stopping by from SITS! What a lovely post! It's easy to take our parents for granted. So glad he's doing better!