October 18, 2007 8:27am CST
i lost my dad to leukemia on Christmas 1996. i already had 3 kids at that time. now, i have 3 more kids but i still miss him. i guess everytime that his death anniversary is coming up, it brings back memories of that sad christmas. whenever my kids are opening their christmas presents, they see me smile but deep inside i recall how our friends and relatives brought their presents for us to my dad's wake, in a great effort to make things "normal" for the kids' christmas. despite his many flaws, he was a good dad and he made sure that we knew how special each one of us was, to him.
19 Oct 07
You have six kids!! That is a good team indeed. We were nine, just you cannot imagine with limited income we had so much fun, and lovely time. Now I have one son, my brothers have 2 or 3 children, but I do not see that much of happiness in their lives as my parents had. It is nice to have couple of children like angels and time passes without our knowledge.
20 Oct 07
yeah. there's so much fun and happiness that we experience together despite our limited income. my dad always taught me to be always grateful for what i have, no matter how little it was, and i've passed that on to my kids. they re my constant source of joy. dad would have been so proud of them!
• United States
18 Oct 07
You are normal in your sadness. No matter how long he is gone you will miss him that is part of loving someone. Have some joy in knowing that his body may be gone but his spirit lives in your heart. A piece of him is with you every day as long as you remember the good times.
18 Oct 07
thank you angel! i do try my best to remember the good times with my dad. there were so many hilarious moments even. he had such a quick wit and his timing was always perfect when he would deliver a joke. i guess that is also why i miss him a lot, no matter how hard things got for us, he'd always make a way to make us laugh. thank you for reminding me and making me smile!