Lately, I have been thinking about my old man. It could have to do with it coming up on seven years since his passing. I can pinpoint a few things that have sparked all of these thoughts and memories of my dad. This last weekend my whole family traveled to New Mexico to celebrate my Grandma Brown's 90th Birthday. A the day before I was on the road I swear every corner I turned I saw my dad's favorite flower, Birds of Paradise. This sounds silly but every time that I see that flower I feel like its a reminder that he is watching over me and loves me.
As we came closer to our destination I couldn't help but feel like my dad was right there with my sister and I. I just felt peaceful and knew that my dad was so happy that all of his kids would be together.
On Saturday when we arrived at the party I was able to spend sometime with my uncles and my aunt. Being surrounded by my dads siblings was such a sweet experience. Each one of them has a quality that reminds me of my dad. Their hugs, their smiles, the twinkle in their eyes, their humor, their chubby hands, their thick black fluffy hair, their kind hearts, and their love for story telling. It makes me feel like heaven isn't too far away.
I always have such a hard time leaving my family because of the special feelings that I have when I am with them. I treasure every moment that I get to spend with them. I know how much they care for me. I am truly grateful to be part of a family that is so loving. Sometimes I feel sad that my dad hasn't met Jordan or that my future kids won't know their grandpa but its these sweet little reminders that help me know that he is still around. I love you Daddy.