Remembrance

Hi there Daddy-It is anniversary time in a few days and I thought I would bring you up to date.  You are now the proud loving great grand-father to Marissa who will be 13 in May and Anthony whose birthday is June 13 and he will be 10.  These two sweethearts are Terry’s grand-children and Terry is my first-born son who remembers you showing him your cigars and the box they came in.  He also recalls the rubber band ball you showed him how to make and I laughed when you handed me the paper ring around the cigar that read the name of the brand.  I always wore these on my fingers until they ripped.  What wonderful memories Daddy!

Joe my middle son who was born in January 1964 is now 50 years of age with an adorable son named after him and he will be turning fifteen on June 18.  He is very proficient in Math (geometry) and I think he inherited your scholastic skills as he loves learning and being number one although he claims he doesn’t like school.  But I think all children really like learning just not the formal classroom five days a week along with the homework.

Joe also has a beautiful daughter born on June 13 (the same as Anthony) and her name is Joava.  Daddy you would adore her big dark eyes and cute smile as she is just learning to crawl. Her mom’s name is Chanipa and she is from Thailand.  She too has the curly dark hair along with Joe and so Joava’s hair is almost black with beautiful waves and curls.

Last but not least in any way is my youngest son Darrin who will be 45 in April and his wife’s name is Maria. Her two children Sam 9 and Meg 7 are adorable and smart.  Their sister Mia is your other great grand-daughter which brings the count to nine grand children for me and two-great grand children.  The three of them make a colorful photo shot with Sam sporting blond hair, Meg a fiery red and Mia a medium brown with red highlights.  Daddy with today’s technology we have computers that can connect online and allows us to see our family via a program called Skype.  It is a magical moment when I can see my son and my grandchildren on my computer screen.  We can talk and it is almost like that they are right in the room with me visiting.  Being we live out-of-state (I live in the sunshine state named Florida) and they are still in N.Y. it helps fill the void.  I think you would have loved the challenge of learning the computer age, daddy.

It makes me so proud to know I have raised three awesome sons that you would have loved too.  Most especially that they are all Yankee fans and N.Y. Giants football fans ,too.   The Yankees have a brand new stadium that they tell me is awesome. Daddy, you would have had wonderful conversations with each of them and in turn they would glean so much information from you along with your wonderful love and way.

It will be fifty-one years on March 11 since I last saw you Daddy as you lied in the hospital bed in a coma.  I told you quietly (as I held your hand ) just how much you meant to me and how very much I loved you and to please get well and not leave me.  But it was not to be and you passed at 6:00 that evening.  I have never for a moment forgotten you nor have I ever stopped missing you.  I do smile through my tears and I am strong (even when I feel weak), just like you taught me.  Time will never erase the wonderful memories of you my Daddy……..I sure hope you are resting in peace knowing you have a family  that is learning all about my wonderful Dad…………Your loving baby girl………….Millie

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