I’m just gonna say it to get it out of the way.
Today is the day my dad died. Seven years ago.
Do you call it an anniversary? That seems celebratory and that’s not exactly what this is.
But I didn’t wake up depressed today. At least, not about this. Not about my dad.
I know he’s in a good place. And wherever it is, he can walk and run and ride horses.
I’ve said before that I don’t make appointments with grief.
I don’t believe that I am supposed to be sad just because a given day marks a somber event.
I’ve said that before. You’ve read that before.
I guess I’m just bringing this up because writing a post about something else today seems disrespectful somehow.
Last year, we were traveling in January, so I spent the 8th posting a recap of events from the road.
I didn’t think much about the significance of the date.
This year, I’ve been sick and I’m just home and not engaged in any hugely distracting activities, so there it is, the anniversary of my dad’s passing.
I think my mom is a little teary today.
She loves her life and everyone in it, but there’s always going to be a space in her heart that is reserved for my dad.
I’m not even sure it’s a voluntary reservation. It’s just par for the course of love and loss. I have it too.
Crying about the past doesn’t mean we’re not thrilled about the future. We are. We both completely are.
My dad would want that.
On a lighter note, I feel a lot better today. I sound worse, but I feel better.
The husband boosted my morale with personal sacrifice.
He skipped a movie night with the boys to let me off the parenting hook last night and then he got up with our son this morning so that I could sleep in.
I’ll be gone tomorrow, so today was supposed to be his day to sleep.
I am forever grateful. I think he let me turn the corner on this cold.
And to sweeten the honey-do credits, he’s now at the store picking up my hair color.
In the morning, I’m driving a couple of hours to meet some friends for shopping and lunch.
I can’t wait.
Thanks to husband, I think I might even have the energy required to really enjoy it now.
Of course, I may feel differently when the alarm rings at 5:30. 😐 We’ll see.
What are you doing this weekend?
Have a Happy Saturday!