Today I write about something important, and I hope you all read it.
This morning I received a phone call - one that I knew would be coming soon. It was from my dad's wife, and she was calling to tell me that he has passed away. It was only almost two weeks ago that I found out he was terminally ill with cancer, a cancer of the blood - similar to leukemia. He had tried chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but his body was not strong enough to take those harsh treatments. There was nothing that any doctors could do.
When I had received the news, I had mixed emotions. My dad and I have not been close for a very long time. But he is my dad - was my dad, will always be my dad. No matter what our relationship, I know that he always loved me. Even when I was mean (and I could be really mean) to him, even when I was angry, even when I gave him the silent treatment...Through it all, I know he loved me, and I know he cared. I know he was proud of me. And I know he wished that we were closer.
So as I sit here and contemplate how I could have been a better daughter, I want to ask all of you to do this: Tell your loved ones that you love them every day. Tell them that they are important to you. Do it for me. Do it for those you love. Do it for yourself.
I was fortunate enough to be able to tell him a last goodbye, and I was able to tell him that I loved him no matter what we've been through all these years. There are so many people out there who have loved ones that are taken abruptly, without notice or warning...It's because life can be so short that we really do have to tell our loved ones that we love them as much as we can. If your loved ones do not live nearby, write them letters, send them those emails, and make those phone calls...Just keep in touch. I should have kept in touch more than I did, and I realize that now. While it's too late for me now, it's not too late to keep in touch with others, and it's not too late for all of you to do the same.
A life once lived now is gone, but will always be remembered.
Thank you for reading this.
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