19 June 2005

My Dad

My dad waited for me to visit.

I was the only one that had moved away, money was tight, the kids were younger. We all wanted to see him, but my brother offered to drive me up to London to the hospice and we couldn't all fit in the car, so in the end it was just me.

My mum and both my brothers had been there all along, I couldn't, but eventually I got there in time to be alone with him, to say how proud I was of him, and how much I loved him. He couldn't move - mum said he was too ill to hear anything, but I know he heard me.

I said I'd be back, left the room to find mum, and after she'd been in again it was time to go, so my last words to him were wrong. I know he forgives me. He died at 8 the same evening, on Fathers Day.

I forget the date - I used to forget his birthday too (I even get the year mixed up,) but I can't forget Father's Day, and it makes me smile, I mean, what a way to make an exit - that's my dad!

God Bless you Ivor George, I know you're around, thank you. Happy Father's Day.

9 comments:

doris said...

Awwww. Thanks for sharing that. I hope it is a good day for you all and god bless your Dad!

Michele said...

Cheryl, This is such a wonderfully moving post - thank you for sharing it. Today must be bittersweet for you. Good thoughts are being sent your way.

Ally said...

I am glad that you had the chance to say those important things to him. So many people don't.

injinuity said...

a moving post.... you got your chance to speak to him for one last time... many don't... God bless.

bulb said...

Gave me goosebumps.

Chris said...

The last Father's Day I had with my Dad was two years ago and he passed on the 27th of June (two years ago). I will forever cherish that very last Father's Day even tho he was so ill he got up out of bed to come out and spend time with all of us. Out of 10 kids, 7 of us were there with him to celebrate his final Father's Day.

ghazal pirzada said...

i luv this blog of urz...its very touchy!
god bless u and ur dad!
be happy!

jane said...

That was such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing such a tender moment.

She Weevil said...

As they say in tellytubby land, BIG HUG. Just can't get mine out of my head at the moment.