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  •  You had a truly wonderful father (6+ / 0-)

    And he has a truly wonderful daughter. You can't pay a better or more fitting tribute to your dad than to help the service people he cared about so very much.

    I'm so truly sorry for your loss. But I think that your dad must be very proud of you. Hugs to you, Sharoney.

    How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank

    by twilight falling on Thu Jan 01, 2009 at 09:50:10 AM PST

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    •  I have a looooong way to go (8+ / 0-)

      before I can claim to emulate his example. But I know Dad valued effort as well as results, so I think he would be pleased.

      He had a long, eventful and generally happy life, populated with scores of good friends. I had the privilege of helping to care for him in the year of his final illnesses, and of sitting vigil with my sisters at his bedside as he died, and although it was difficult I go through it all over again if it meant having him here for just a little while longer. Just thinking about him, his unflagging good humor, his humility, his patience in suffering, his unqualified love for his family, and his generosity, still hurts. I miss him so much.

      Thank you for the hugs, and to you and all your cohorts for the ongoing effort you put into this wonderful, compassionate diary series. Have a blessed New Year.

      January 20, 2009: Our long national nightmare is finally over.

      by Sharoney on Thu Jan 01, 2009 at 11:17:15 AM PST

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      •  Sharoney - no body including your Dad (8+ / 0-)

        ever got an instruction manual about how to help those who need it. But, your Dad, like my parents, figured out what was needed and just did whatever needed to be done. Out of my parents dedication grew a locally based, 100% volunteer Meals-on-Wheels program. We deliver to about 60 people every weekday. On Tuesdays I deliver one of 6 routes.

        Today marks the 10th anniversary of Mom's death passing. I crossed that out because when I delivered meals to one lady on Tueday, she said, "Excuse me, aren't you Lorriane's boy?" Yes ma'am, I am. "Well, before I got this damn walker I was one of her volunteers."

        Good on you, Sharoney. It's not what you do that honors your Dad's memory. It's that you do something to help others. Both your Dad and my Mom are smiling down on us. I can feel it.

        Gen. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Excellent. Now hire for Sec. of Humanity, Decency, and Civility: noweasels

        by llbear on Thu Jan 01, 2009 at 12:41:32 PM PST

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