Monday, April 03, 2006

From great change and endings, come new beginnings and opportunities.

My Dad died... suddenly.... on the other side of the world... we think a massive heart attack...he was 86. It's left a kind of Dad shaped hole.
Even though he wasn't around much when my sister & I were little (through work and the expectations of the era) I eventually got to know him when I hit my forties and lashed out at the world & all who'd had an influence on my life... trying to find the fault somewhere. In fact the "lash out" was the best thing that could have happened. It meant I met with Dad beside the river about 5 years ago on a cold but sunny day & we sat and talked about things we'd never talked about before. He opened up so honestly & gracefully. I felt as if I'd finally seen & heard him.
He came over to the UK when we got married in 2003 and had a grand time despite being pissed off that he couldn't hire a car here at the age of 83 (he was still driving 12 hours or more each winter to go on holiday in sunny queensland).


Marlene said...

Sorry to hear of your dad's passing.

skips said...

I'm sorry that it takes this much to see you. But this has opened up opportunities. I love you and can only imagine how hard it is to go through this over there. I look forward to seeing you on the weekend.

kelly said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

JoeyJoJo said...

How lovely to find kind wishes from the blogging universe. Thanks Marlene & Kelly.