There was no floor to walk on, you had to position yourself to walk on the crossbeams of the house. Between those beams was the drywall of the room beneath it. Well… that day we kids were playing on the floor in the living room, gathered around the wood stove to stay warm. All of a sudden, we hear a big CRACK over our heads! Looking up, we see Dad’s body hanging from the ceiling… ha ha ha. We could only see his legs which were moving in all directions AND he was hanging over the wooden stove. Ha! What a clown. We had so much fun laughing and watching him come down.
Those are the kinds of memories I have of him, forever etched in my heart.
Early one spring morning, he was coming home to his family and fell asleep at the wheel.
He’d been tired, sleepy and pushing it because he was almost there; he thought he would make it. About 3 miles away, he drove into a ditch, the cargo he was carrying slamming into the back of his cab, instantly killing him. Had he not had that cargo, he probably would not have been hurt because his speed had decreased a lot by the time he hit the ditch.
It was the day that changed the rest of our family’s life.
My Mom was 35 years old at the time, left to take care of 9 children ranging from 2 to 15 years old.
It was not easy for her to move on. I’ll tell you about that in another post.
I Have Missed My Dad’s Presence Throughout My Life
There have been specific moments where I so wished that he could be with me. When I got married. His first grandchild. The Christmases. The family gatherings… We have missed a lot of special times with him.
I Long For The Day Of The Grand Reunion
The marriage supper of the lamb where we’ll meet, eat, talk and celebrate together. Oh! What a glorious day that will be. Jesus, standing by watching with a HUGE grin on his face.
I Can’t Wait to Have Him Give Me A Great Big Hug…
Till Then, Love You Dad ♥ ♥