Memories of My Father

Dear Readers,

With this post comes my very best wishes to all fathers throughout the world.  I came across a quote by Billy Graham that made me realize how under appreciated fathers can feel.

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpriced, unnoticed, and yet
one of the most valuable assets in our society.

After reading this, I am inclined (somewhat) to agree with this statement.  Simply put – we must do better.  Next month will mark the 10 year anniversary of my father’s passing.  As I write this, I realize that I have not really shared memories of my father in this medium, owing simply to my need to reconcile the sadness.

My father’s name was Herbert Brizz.  He struggled with stomach cancer for many years, and his last days were painful for both of us.  Nevertheless it was my honor to walk the last step of his journey with him, for I realize the time will come someone will hold my hand as I let go of the pain and make my transition.  Watching him during his last days, I realize that he struggled to fight until I reassured him that all was well and that I understood his time had come.  I told him that I would be okay and promised to take care of myself.  Only then, did I see his struggle end. I am convinced that this reassurance is truly the last act of love that we can give to another person.

I am grateful to my father for his quiet strength, and his wisdom.  There was something gentle in his voice, he never screamed or shouted.  He had what I refer to as a quite personality.  In many ways he was a “quiet voice of reason” that my friends, over the years, have come to attribute to me.  In future posts, I will share more of him with you.  For now, I will close with the good memories I have of him, and I will hold onto them forever.

Please remember if your father (or father-figure) is no longer living, you can still celebrate him!  If he is still with you, then everyday is Father’s Day!

Monique

 

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