Tear Jerker in a melancholy sort of way

@Modestah (11188)
United States
May 23, 2008 5:21am CST
I was cleaning out the car today - and came across a couple postal receipts and tossed them in the trash - then one of them caught my eye as it had my father's name on it. I picked it out of the trash to examine and saw that it was dated exactly 1 week prior to his death. It was a delivery confirmation (which I rarely purchase) for a book and a few other things I had sent him. I had that package wrapped, addressed and on my desk for over a month.... finally I asked my husband that day if he would not mind mailing it for me.... Mailing the package that day initiated my father's call to thank me when it arrived just 2 days before he died. We talked for a good 45 minutes and about so many things. It was a beautiful conversation... then he started mentioning the new huge screen hdtv he purchased and I suggested he talk to my son as he would really enjoy hearing about it... this also allowed my son to talk with him for a good long time.... I am so thankful for the timing that the package arrived to him - that I was granted that last conversation... and I was able to share with my mother some of the wonderful thoughts he left me with.... I kissed the receipt wetting it a bit with my tears and tucked it up for safe keeping. I miss my Dad.
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• United States
23 May 08
((((((((((Modestah)))))))) What a touching tribute your father. I know you miss him, and so does he. It is wonderful you and your son had the opportunity to talk with him like that. If I were you I would buy a pretty frame and frame that receipt as a lovely keepsake and reminder of that precious conversation.
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@Modestah (11188)
• United States
23 May 08
what a neat idea, thank you!
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
23 May 08
I know how you feel.....I miss my dad too!
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• United States
23 May 08
awwwww, big hugs. This coming weekend marks the 1 year mark on loosing my mother in law, i was very close to her and I cry all the time. little things remind me of her.
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@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
23 May 08
my sympathies to you on the loss of your beloved dad. what a lovely and sweet story you just told. it warms the heart. thank you for sharing it with us today.
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
23 May 08
I have several momentos from my dad as well. As a matter of fact, I even have his old checks which bear his name and address and I don't throw them away. I have several scraps of paper with my grandmother's handwriting on them. Every time I see that, I remember her so clearly. Keep your receipt in a safe place. In some ways it helps keep him close to your heart. Glad to year you had a great last conversation. It's hard to think that you never know what one will be the last. Bless you and your memories.
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@judy43 (299)
• United States
23 May 08
My dad has been gone for over 40 years now and my mom about a year and half. I miss them both but I miss my mom so very much. I have got used to my dad being gone but not my mom. I love and miss them both
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• United States
23 May 08
i hear you,i miss mine too.i still can't bring myself to go through all his receipts and stuff. it's nice to find things like that once in awhile:)
@AmbiePam (56622)
• United States
23 May 08
Thank you for sharing this story, Modestah. It reminds me to cherish my dad. I'm sorry you don't have your father in your life anymore, but I'm so glad you have those memories to live with. I have heard horror stories from kids and grown adults whose last words with their parent/parents were angry. Even if they had a good relationship with them, they had the awful realization that the last words exchanged with their departed one was in anger.
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• United States
23 May 08
I lost my Dad many years ago, but I'm fortunate enough to have his passport when he came here from Ireland and a few photos, his social security card,and the pass from the boat that brought him here. I miss him very much, also feel bad that my children never got a chance to meet this wonderful man.
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23 May 08
Oh hun, what a reminder for you. I lost my Dad last year, only 11 months ago, and I miss his so much. I have pictures of him on my desk and a very special memento of him hanging on the wall. *hugs*
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