I have had a few people welcome me into the "community" here on Atheist Nexus, but I haven't had a chance to answer and say "Hi" back. You see, we have lost a cherished member of our family and I won't be posting for a while after this, but I will be back later. This Saturday in the wee hours, my Father in Law passed away. The family was there to see him go as he lay in his hospital bed in intensive care. We knew he was sick with leukemia since early spring of this year, and so were trying to prepare for the possibility of losing him. My Father in Law was larger than life. He would do anything for anybody if he could. He could be a stubborn old man, but he was genuine and held fast to what he believed was right. Our family has banded together to support one another as we grieve for the man who was husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. My own biological father walked out on me, my parents chastised and practically disowned me, but this man believed in me as a father should. He was an inspiration to us all in many ways, and he will be devastatingly, vastly, and heartbreakingly missed by everyone who had the priviledge to know him. To emphasize my point I will quote something my daughter wrote about him today (which will be used for his eulogy later this week):
"The day before yesterday at about 1:00 to 2:00 in the morning, my grandpa passed away. He was a good husband, a great dad, and an awesome Grandpa too. Since he'd passed away, my heart feels like a jigsaw puzzle with 100 pieces. But when you put it together, there will always be one piece that's missing, because it'll be with grandpa, leaving a hole in my heart that will never be filled. It also feels like he's just out of the country and will be back in a month. Goodbye Grandpa, I'll miss you."
My daughter is 11 years old. She never had enough time. None of us did. I'd like to thank Dale McGowan for his timely blog about his talk with his kids about death. It helped me and my kids at this time. My family and I just need a little time to mend our hearts a bit. Thank you to everyone who reads this, for your understanding.