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  1. Laurie, this is beautiful and he is watching over you and laughing and smiling! I lost my Dad when I was in my 40’s and miss him every day. He was a hard worker and loved his family.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, Renee. I want to believe my Dad is out there somewhere, close by and out of his suffering.

  2. I’ve lost my father too. I too had a wonderful father. Father’s Day is bittersweet for me each year. It gives me the chance to think about his impact on my life and honor him in some small way. Lovely rememberances.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you so much, Rosemond. This is my first Father’s Day without my Dad. I’m sorry for your loss, too.

  3. A good father gives so much to their children, and a bad father can take so much. Thankfully, I, too, was blessed with an amazing man in my life. The thought of losing him is terrifying. I know it will happen someday, but I’ll never be ready for it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, MaryBeth. I believe one of our first tests of luck in life are our fathers. Sounds like we were both blessed to have a great one.

  4. My Dad was my best friend. I write about him all the time! He, too, went home last year. I know he’s watching down on me, sometimes shaking his head and saying, “Louie, Louie, Louie!” I miss him every day.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much for reading, Diane. Its such a gift to have a wonderful father. They’re never far from our hearts.

  5. So true. I’m sorry for your loss. I lost my father when I was 15 and I still miss him every single day. After growing up and seeing more than the sheltered life I had left I realized how truly lucky I was growing up.

    • Laurie Stone

      Rena, I can’t imagine losing my Dad at such a tender age. I’m sorry for your loss as well. Somehow he’s still there, looking out for you. Thanks so much for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, Thank you. I can’t believe it’s almost two years ago my father passed. It doesn’t seem possible.

  6. While my father was not ideal, I never doubted that he loved me and would do anything to protect or help me that he could. Mine has been gone for 10 years this year, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. On a side note, in a bit of delightful coincidence, you wrote this post on my father’s birthday (June 16). 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Sharon, I know many people who have/had complicated relationships with their fathers. I seem to be in the minority, having had an easy time with mine. I’m sorry for your loss ten years ago. Its been almost two years since my Dad passed and I still can’t believe he’s gone. And I agree…cool coincidence about your Dad’s birthday!

    • Laurie Stone

      Valerie, Its so hard watching a parent go, especially when its a protracted illness. Dementia seems especially hard to watch. I’m sorry.

  7. Beautiful tribute to a loving father. So sorry for your loss, but so glad for your gift of words so that you were able to capture the essence of such a good man.

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