Sunday, February 27, 2011

No regrets!


You know the saying "Live life to the fullest"? Well, my dad did just that. He embraced life with such a positive attitude and I just hope and pray that I can take on the same positiveness as he had.
Who would have thought that just hours after his 80th Birthday party with family and close friends, he would be gone....in the blink of an eye.
I have dealt with the what ifs and if only's after his passing, but what really matters is the look on my dad's face at his Birthday party. It was meant for us to plan the biggest celebration we could. It was meant for my sister to fly home for this occasion, even though she had to leave her very sick grand-child. It was meant for me to find the perfect decorations and add a bit of humor, which my dad lived for. Who knew that the birthday candles on his cake would be the last he would blow out? My dad lived for each Birthday. He always added 1 year when he would tell people about his upcoming Birthday. I have never seen anyone that loved his birthday more than my dad.
My dad was the most giving man..........
After the party was over and he opened up all his cards and counted his Birthday money, we asked him what he was going to buy with his money. He said he wanted my sister and I to divide it and buy ourselves something. This was just how giving my dad was. I suggested saving it towards the Cruise he wanted all of us to go on. He agreed that was a good idea....Who would have known that when he was moved to VNA Hospice from the hospital, the name of his room was called "The Landeck Room". I immediately thought of the cruise we were going to take. He had arrived on the big ship and was taking his cruise. He cruised right on up to Heaven 2 days later.
There are so many signs that have given our family the Peace we have needed.
I guess my message to everyone would be.....Please don't have any regrets in life. Love on your family and friends. Make today count. Have a party! Celebrate! Like I said....
I have no regrets.

5 comments:

Bacardi Mama said...

This post makes me smile. How wonderful to have no regrets. Just that has to bring you so much peace. Love you Rhonda!

Erin said...

Love you friend

chrissy said...

touching post! Hits my heart on the bulls-eye!! Love you, love your heart!

Sharon - MomGenerations said...

Beautiful. Beautiful. If we all could pass in such beauty and peace... love you... xo

Martha said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dad, and what precious memories you have. The love flowed with the words. I remember your family from the Dolton Church of God days. I also worked at General Mills where your dad was the maintenance man. He was always so gentle and kind to everyone. Stay strong and know how proud your dad is of you today.