A couple weeks ago, we had a get together for the one year anniversary after my father-in-law, Charlie, passed away from cancer. It was a time to gather and share some memories about him as well as to just enjoy each other’s company. Of course, this is hard time for our family and I know that we miss him more than words can express.
It was a great experience but it honestly didn’t dawn on me until afterward how much it meant to me and how much it would have meant to Charlie. You see Charlie was a great man. He was a former Marine and that alone intimidated me but he always called me son and even more remarkably, he treated me like I was one. And for that I will always be grateful.
But the thing that I know that he wanted most was for his family to stay connected. To stay close. And honestly, that is an awesome thing to desire because a lot of families fall apart when a tragedy strikes or when money gets involved after a death in the family but Vickie’s family has stayed together through it all. Of course, they have their struggles but ultimately, everyone cares for one another and I know that Charlie would be proud.
Honestly, I would be proud at the same outcome for my kids and that is a great way to leave a legacy of love. Because my son will see it and rejoice and then pass it on to his kids. And that is worth sharing.