Today I barged into my dad's office an practically took him hostage to come purchase a car with me. He of course went willingly, but it did take most of the day to work out all of the details. I took him, because to call him a car guy is like calling superman just a reporter. It is a huge understatement. I knew that if I took him, he would know all the ways to get the price I wanted, and all of the little traps that I wanted to avoid. It all started out pretty good until we walked inside. On display right inside the front doors was a '67 Chevy Camaro, fully restored, and fully sweet (I could put another describing word that may have a song attached, but I'll refrain). I'm telling you, we both stopped in our tracks. I turned to him and said, "I think we need to re-evaluate our options."
Even though I didn't drive home in this beauty, I sure have a nice ride. I am thankful that I have a dad who has always been there for me. I am grateful for the lessons that he has taught me. It is by watching him that I have learned that a positive attitude will get you through really tough situation. It is because of that attitude that I am as far along as I am today. I am so truly grateful that he is here to influence my children for the better. He and John had a wonderful friendship and my dad understood how John wanted his children to be raised, and my dad has repeatedly gone out of his way to help those kids. I know that DNA makes up part of who we are, and our surroundings and experiences make up the rest. I am grateful to have been blessed with both courageous DNA, but to also be surrounded by intelligent, faithful, strong, loving, kind, and righteous parents who have done their best to raise a wonderful family. It is because of their protective and nutritive surroundings that I was able to face my own life experiences and be able to come away from those experiences a better person.
This is the story of one woman's navigation through grief following the loss of her true love, and husband of almost eleven years. Questions of who am I now, questions of how to raise the kids alone, and leaning how to live again will be confronted, hopefully in a positive and meaningful light.