"Fathers hold their childrens' hands for just a little while . . . and their hearts forever." - Celtic Proverb.
I gave that quote to my dad, beautifully framed, on handmade paper, on our last Christmas together. It was always difficult for me to say anything mushy to my Dad. I'm a guy, expressing emotions off the page isn't easy (it's not easy on the page either, but I can endure the pain of the process when I'm alone). I'm so grateful to the person who first spoke those words, and the one who painted and framed them, so that I could share my feeling with my father, without actually having to say anything. But now that he's gone, 7 years this Canada Day, I wish I'd said more, or sometimes less, I just wish I'd always chosen all my own words with the same care I took in choosing that framed quote.
Thank you for everything, Dad. For all the you gave, and are still giving, me.
Happy Father's Day.