I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in long while, but the last three months have personally been the hardest & saddest time I’ve ever experienced. On January 5th, my Mom passed away and 17 days later, so did my Dad. Mom was 88 and Dad was 97 and though I know I was blessed to have them in my life for so many years it still doesn’t ease the pain. The only comfort I’ve felt is knowing they’re home together again in Heaven and their 66yr love affair lives on. Everything good that has happened in my life is because of what my wonderful parents taught me.
Mom was the strongest, kindest, most caring person I’ve ever known. She always saw the good in everyone and celebrated their individuality. She also had a brilliant mind, which led to her almost 30 years of public service. She served on the school board for 6 years and then served as a council member in Brook Park for 20 years. Even after she retired she served on the board of the Tri-City Senior Center that she helped to create while on council.
Dad’s happiness in life was taking care of his wife and kids…he worked 2 jobs until he retired at 69 so that Mom, my brother and I lived good lives. And even though he never finished high school he had a unbelievable wisdom on life and an incredible ability to read people. He served in World War 2 but never talked about it. It wasn’t until late last year that I learned he earned 4 Bronze Stars and fought in both the battle of Normandy & the battle of Paris.
Together they gave my brother and I unconditional love & support and supplied us with all the tools we needed to succeed in life. They raised us to have our own opinions, work hard, be good citizens and pursue whatever dream would make us happy. That is why both my brother and I have had successful careers in entirely different fields.
I want to thank my brother, my girlfriend, my family, friends and church for helping me get through this tough time. Two of the biggest things I learned from my parents was that no matter what happens, life still goes on and that happiness is a decision. So, I will honor them by living the rest of my life with the values and lessons that they taught me. Mom & Dad, I love you and thank you for EVERYTHING!!