Maria Thacker Goethe, MPH
I Miss You Dad
There are so many ways we all get our hearts broken throughout our lives but this one is one of the more painful. For most of us, our father is the first man in our lives, the one us girls measure all other men up to and in my case I most certainly did. Nothing will be able to fill this hole that I have. I know it will heal over time and I will feel better. I know life will go on as it always does, but a scar will remain. I will always remember my dad and miss his hugs, humor and smile.
I look forward to sharing all the memories you all have given our family with my children one day. Each day we are able to read your condolence messages or a warm memory about dad and it helps make things a little better. It will be wonderful to look back on these when we need to remember him. We thank you for this; each of your posts is like getting a hug or smile from him. Keep them coming 🙂
We do hope you will be able to make the funeral. It will be a Catholic mass but all are welcome to attend and we are making the service as comfortable for all faiths as possible. After the service the family will receive guests at a reception to celebrate my dad’s life at the Retreat of Dunwoody, about 15 minutes from the church. Again, all are welcome. If you are not able to attend services Saturday, the family will also receive guests on Friday, March 8 at the old IHM church.
I sign off today with mixed emotions. Sad because my father is no longer among us; grateful to a community that my father has brought together, though the circumstances may have been unfortunate; confused about how to go on living and not being able to share new experiences with dad or ask him for advice; and happy to know that everything will be OK in time.
Lots of virtual hugs and smiles to those out there who I know also miss him.