“Can I put a picture of your father and I in his casket?” my dad’s cousin Mike D’Amico asked me in 1989. They were more like brothers than cousins. He placed the picture on my dad’s heart.
Last night, twenty one years later, I received a link to video footage to my dad’s 2nd birthday and other footage of my ancestors from the 1930’s!
I guess my Uncle Mike was right about one of his first toys as a two year old– a baseball glove.
Now my Thanksgiving is made. And no, I don’t expect you to sit through our family footage.
May your Thankgiving be with the one’s that you love the most. For some of you this Thanksgiving is going to be your toughest one yet. Maybe this is your first Thanksgiving without a loved one. My first one without my dad wasn’t easy. Same with the first Hanukah, Christmas, New Year’s, their birthday your birthday. And on and on.
But I promise, it will get better. Set a place at the table for them. Celebrate what you had with them. Share stories. Laugh. Cry. Yes there is forever a hole without them, but only you can fill it. Maybe in 20 years some great family footage will show up in your inbox!
A Happy Thanksgiving to all!