It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years already. The crazy part is how time goes by so quickly, especially considering how much of it I spend thinking about you. I know I missed too many birthdays and Father’s Days and didn't call or come see you enough but, in my defense, is there really ever 'enough'?
We’re doing okay here without you, but there’s still a little something (someone) missing when we celebrate our birthdays and Father’s Days and when we don’t call or go see the other people that we love enough. And we really feel it today.
As I was thinking about what I could say in a short (too late) post, I thought about how fortunate I am to have had you in my life. One only has to meet one of your kids/grandkids/great-grandkids/great-great-grandkids (wait, how long does this go on?) to see what an awesome job you've done as the father of our family. And I’m sure every single one of those generations shares my gratitude for all you've done for us. You brought love and joy and happiness to a LOT of people. You should be proud. We are.
As I thought about all the fun times and adventures we shared, my heart broke just a little. Not so much because you’re gone (but, yes, for that too) but for all the little Hathawaykins who won’t get to experience the joy of sitting on your lap, or hearing you laugh, or listening to you sing.
But rest assured that as I spend time with my own kids and grandkids (let’s not hit the great part for a long time yet), I will let them know how awesome you were. And how I see a little bit of you in them. I feel the love you gave me when I hold them. And I smile at your memory when they laugh. And I hear you when they sing.
So in that spirit, here’s a little Hathaway favorite as sung by one of my own little favorites.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.