Sunday, May 31, 2009

This side of a year...

We made it guys. A whole year has past. And just like I thought and had heard from several people's advice and thoughts, there was crying and laughing.

Crying because we miss my father so very much.
Laughing because he was one of the funniest people you could have the joy of meeting and still makes us laugh.

Upon the advice of wise counsel, we had plans for the day of Friday, May 29th the anniversary of my father's passing. We didn't just let it hit us. Which I was thankful I had that advice!

John is the best husband and was so very accomodating and sweet. It's hard to find a more easy going and easy to like guy than John. Just throwin' it in there- he's near perfect! He took the whole day off and we took care of some business in the morning. Then went over to Sam's Deli Diner on Kirkwood and I-10. We had a burger and fries there in honor of my dad since he LOVED that place- he called it "Sam's Dilly Dally Diner" and I don't know why.

Then we headed over to the Buffalo Speedway/Kirby area where my dad used to work. We went shopping at Central Market or should I say we played a live action version of Frogger- that place is nuts-crowded! The best part was asking the employees "Where's the Pepto Bismol?" and them looking at us like we were from planet Trashoria. "I'm sorry but we only have organic (hooty-dooty) medicines". I DON'T KNOW WHAT LUTEINS AND GINGKO BILOBA IS MY STOMACH HURTS*!!! *- see above note about diner eating. Anyways, we purchased some beautiful organic Texas wildflower bouquet and went to Greenway Mercedes to place them on his old desk. We got to chat with some of his old buddies who miss him dearly.

Then we drove back to our side of town for an afternoon showing of Up- my new favorite movie. If you liked the endearing sweetness of Wall-E and the funniness of Nemo/Toy Story you will LOVE the movie. I am crazy for it. I laughed and cried and usually I don't get on that emotional rollercoaster- but I'm glad I did. Funny story- Leelah kept asking after every preview- "Is this Up?" "Is this Up?" then after Up finished, "Was that Up?" John and I cracked up! You HAVE to see this film. You have no choice- it's so stinkin' adorable. John loved it too and so did Lee-lee.

Then we went to the Houston Garden Center and got a BEAUTIFUL "Wild Blue Yonder" Rosebush which we planted in our backyard in memory of my dad. It is so pretty and Leelah picked it out. See the pics of us (John) planting it below.

All in all, it was a good day. I think we made him proud. I am thankful for the prayers to get through it. Thankful for the awesome ways my family and friends have supported us. We could not have done it without y'all making us laugh while we cry, the meals, the love, and everything. God bless you all!


SouthernBelle said...

What an amazing way to honor your father. The more I learn about you from your blog the more I think you are just the neatest person! I love how you choose to accentuate the positive in everything you do.

Callie said...

You are right - John is such a sweet guy - and the perfect husband for you. God knew what he was doing when he put the two of you together! Love you girl!

Wendy said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day. Hugs to you, sweet friend!