Nine years ago today, my world, my life, changed forever! It was not a day I can ever forget. I didn’t have to go into work that day, at that time I was a cashier at the local grocery store and was learning how to help in the pharmacy section. I had spent most of the day preparing for my summer semester at the community college. I had just bought my books the day before and that day I was reading them over and running errands around town with my mom and Steven. It was about 3:00 pm when Steven and I were returning home from a visit to a counselor at his school.
Symbols were about to unfold before my eyes, but I would never notice the symbolism until much later. Traveling back north, we saw two cars completely diverted from one another and yet somehow were involved in a terrible wreck with each other. One on the east side of the road and one on the west, but because this road is divided with a median it wasn’t a clear-cut and it was unclear how this happened. All I know is that half the party was on one side of the road and half on the other. Both parties visibly shaken. Steven and I were wondering just how it could have happened and were arriving home to have dinner with our mom and dad who were home from Daddy’s treatments in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Mom told us dinner would be ready around 4:00 so we had to be home by then. She was fixing brats and told Steven and me to take turns being with Daddy in their bedroom. He was very unstable on his feet and needed someone with him. I decided I would be with him from the moment Steven and I got home until Daddy dosed off. Actually, shortly before this, Daddy told me I could leave and look at my books in the other room because he was going to take a nap before dinner.
I left the room and went into our Family Room to finish looking at my books and to be with Steven. What happened next is a mystery, but somehow or other my dad fell to the floor with a loud thud and cries for “Mommy!” The rest of our afternoon and evening was spent with paramedics, doctors, nurses, relatives, and friends.
Daddy was rushed to the ER, and later that evening into the CCU. No brats were had for dinner. No dinner was had period. From that point on I sort of knew our life would be different. Just how different was yet to be seen, but Daddy went into the hospital and never again saw this house. 😥
Now, while all this seems sad and tragic I’m not trying to make anyone go away teary-eyed here. I just want to make it clear that life can change in an instant and take drastic twists and turns that we don’t expect or anticipate. I also just wanted to take this time to remember Daddy in a special way today! 😀
I ❤ you, Daddy!
(Love and prayers, as always! ❤ )