Hard to believe it has already been six years since you’ve left us. So much has happened in the last two years alone, it is difficult to decide where to begin… but I’ll try.
Two years ago in June your first grandson was born, and he continues to amaze me with how much he is able to absorb and retain each and every day. He is speaking more and more phrases and is able to repeat many new words on his first try. He loves the water and is becoming more and more comfortable in his life jacket. As he gets older, I can’t but help wonder how your influence on his growth would enhance the little boy he is quickly becoming. You would love him, he’s such a character; he has that little twinkle in his eye just before he does something he isn’t supposed to that makes me wonder if you somehow had something to do with it. On the good days and bad, I really wish you were around to offer up parenting advice… or at least share some anecdote on how to handle a particular situation.
This past March I started a new job. I’ve taken a position working for Construction Specialties as their inside sales person, and assisting with some estimating duties. The guys I work with are great, and I really feel like I’m starting to hit my stride in this line of work. Who knew selling truss installations would be so different from selling the trusses themselves.
Kate is looking forward to her second year teaching mainly Spanish at Park after being bumped around from her English position for the last couple years. Speaking of Kate, she / we are expecting child number two. She’s 8 1/2 weeks along and is feeling the first trimester blahs in full force. She’s a trooper and has been dealing with it as best she knows how, and is beginning to know when to ask for help and lean on me a little more than she is accustomed to.
This past May I can finally say I am a college graduate, all be it a lowly Associates degree, I know that you would be proud to know that I have finished, and am still attending to complete my Network Administration degree, and potentially get a Bachelors. Believe it or not, I graduated with a g.p.a. north of 3.8… hard to believe I know, especially considering how much I didn’t exactly excel the first time I attended.
That is a quick swoosh of what has been going on, and there is more to share, but for now we’ll leave it at that. Know that while you might not be here in person, I feel your presence everyday. My goal every morning is to try and do my best to make you proud of me as your son, a husband, a father, and as a man. I wish there was a way to know your thoughts and feelings about the job I’m doing and the decisions I’m making for myself and my family. I always valued your opinion and insight on everything… and I still do. Those old stories still find away to work their way in to my everyday life and I want to thank you for that.
Six years have past since you left us, but the pain hurts like it was yesterday.
Love you Pops.