…I remember when my Dad would let me ‘ride’ on the steering wheel of the old truck we had when I was about 1 ½
…I remember when I thought the best thing ever was standing next to my Dad with my arm around his neck as he spun his tires in the sand driveway.
…I remember my Dad taking us to the Shell station on White Horse road and getting to choose any candy we wanted from the HUGE glass display case.
…I remember my Dad taking us camping in the Pisgah Forest in North Carolina and teaching me to fly-fish even though I was only 7 and a girl.
….I remember making my Dad fudge and him smiling as he took it and asking “And what do you want, now?” I also remember him taking the fudge to his office and locking it in his filing cabinet so he didn’t have to share and could enjoy it in peace and quiet.
…I remember my Dad teaching me to drive a manual transmission car. I remember him telling me that when you slow down to make a turn, you shift down. I remember trashing a transmission (trying to get home before curfew) when I shifted down to first gear and popped the clutch going 40mph because Dad assumed I was smart enough to realize you had to be going slow to do that. I also remember him not laughing at me while we towed the car home at 4am
…I remember Dad walking me down the aisle when I got married. He was trembling more than I was. Now I know why.
…I remember Dad helping me rebuild my car when it was totaled a few years back. I had just put close to $2000 in a motor for it the week before and couldn’t afford to buy a new one, even with the coverage from insurance.
…I remember Dad handing me his hanky when I cried from everything from breakups to bad grades to skinned knees.
…I remember Dad always seemed larger than life - He was always my Hero.
My Hero is gone.
Today my Dad passed away, losing an eight year battle with Cancer.
I will miss him dearly.