I love this time of year. With all the family gatherings and cooking it is such a joyous time. It is a time to reflect on the year and be thankful for all your blessings. 2015 has been both one of the most successful years of my career and one of the most challenging personal years of my life. I lost my wonderful father this June to dementia and learning to navigate my daily life without his influence has been difficult. My father was my calm voice of reason and reassurance. He had confidence in me that I haven’t always had in myself. Watching this brilliant man battle his mind was a hard thing to watch and the worst was knowing there wasn’t anything I could do to make it go away or make it any better.
There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him or what his advise would be for me as I transition into new ventures and challenges. I know he would say he is proud of me and that I can do anything I put my mind to. He would support me in anyway he could and give me advice that can’t be bought or replaced.
As I work on my menu for Thanksgiving this year I an thankful for my wonderful father and all the traits and values he handed down to me. I will try and instill these same values in my children and remind them daily of what a inspirational and wonderful grandfather they had.
Love you Dad.