Thursday, July 8, 2010

Measuring My Dad

My Dad

The Measure of Man

Not “How did he die”? But “How did he live?”
Not “What did he gain?” But “What did he give?”
Not “What was his station?” But “Had he a heart?”
And “How did he play his God-given part?”
Not “What was his shrine? Nor “What was his creed?”
But “Had he befriended those really in need?”
Not “What did the piece in the newspaper say?”
But “How many were sorry when he passed away?”
Was he ever ready with a word or good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Author Unknown

Boy did my dad measure up!!
Someday, when the Texas-sized hole in my heart mends a little I hope to record my thoughts and feelings. Until then I'll just do a little healing...

My step mom wrote an amazing tribute:

There's a great video full of laughter and smiles that I don't want to forget there too. How do you ever pick out 35 photos to represent a lifetime?!?!

I miss you and love you, Dad!!


DesLily said...

so very sorry for your loss.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. It's obvious that he was a wonderful and well-loved man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ...

Bookfool said...

I just wrote a reply to your message at my blog, but wanted to drop by (in case you don't come back to read comments) to tell you I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your father.

Inside A Book said...

DesLily - Thank you for your thoughts. It may be simple, but your words are like balm.

Susan - I so appreciate your prayers. They are needed and they are what has fortified us as a family. Thank you so much!

Bookfool - Your advice and guidance is so helpful and healing. Thank you for the words of support and reminders. I needed your insight today when my heart was feeling empty. Thank you!