Dear Dad, I SEE YOU!

It’s been a month and a half, and now we are heading home, we will be their soon! 

I know our conversations over the last year, changed from talking about Newfoundland and Labrador and of course Jake, to just your normal day to day living, but I know you never forgot.

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You left us Physically on the 15th, of July, but I know you will always be with us..

Mom left us October 7th, 2012, almost three years ago, and you came to Nova Scotia to Live with us…  It seems like 3 years are so long, but really, it wasn’t long enough, and although the last year seemed difficult, I would do it all over again.

#DimentiaSucks I get it, but when I looked into your eyes, I always felt we got each other.  So what odds, sometimes speaking was difficult, sometimes your actions were odd, but you were probably thinking the same thing about me…  But when we looked at each other, We got it!  I SEE YOU!

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Ok, I know you’re hanging now with Mom, the Janes, and Goobie families.  I’m sure sharing stories, about how we dragged you to Football Games, Soccer games, Lacrosse Games, and of course your favorite Hockey!!!

And of course the HIP incident at the Dartmouth Stadium, the good news is we WON, but the bad news was, it was at the cost of a Broken Hip..  I don’t want to think about the bad though, but what you shared with me..  Your life, your love, and being the best Father, and Poppy in the world.

I SEE YOU!

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You tought me:

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Volunteer
  • Honesty, to yourself and others
  • Finish what you Start
  • How to Snug a Fir coat between door of a car, so that if your wife has one to many at her brothers over christmas, she doesn’t fall on you during the drive home
  • How to insert yourself into a conversation that’s been taken over by Marge
  • How to remove a drill-bit after drilling it through your thumb, still have nightmares over that one.
  • How strong you were in dangerous situations, especially your Job.  I was constantly amazed at the Power you worked with, and controlled.
  • Why you named me after a Toronto Maple Leaf, and yes, there are three other Kent Douglas’s in Canada alone that are named after the same Toronto Maple Leaf, but never Disappointed in me or Jake when we cheered for the Montreal Canadians.
  • How to Drive, and find every Pothole in Bishop’s Falls, sorry about that!
  • Patience, although it eventually showed up later in life.
  • You taught me to never get mad, but to teach.  Ok, so I brought my dirt bike home in different states, including the bent Hub, and Ya, I know, a Rabbit didn’t run in front of me on the tracks..  Yes, we built a jump, and I landed on a Rock.  Thank-you for fixing that for me.
  • Although I’m not as talented as you when it comes to repair, you always gave me the tools to try.  We won’t talk about how you almost burnt my house down in St. John’s, after my Electrical Engineering Brother tried to-do it earlier that month.
  • How to Roll Cigarettes, and during the tough times, to Roll in such a way that a pack could last two weeks.    Mom’s lungs got a workout!  Ok, that just seems wrong..
  • How to Store food, ok, a three year old Lasagna in the freezer maybe a little much, but we were never without.
  • To work Hard
  • I’m not going to talk about what you taught me that Christmas, with my goalie skates!!  Let’s just say, I will always remember that lesson!
  • You Taught me to SEE and look beyond what’s in front of you..
  • Dad, I SEE YOU!

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Jake will never forget everything you have done for him.  He has a special place for your Green Hat in his room.  He knows your with Mom/Nanny now, and he’s definitely OK with that.  Because of you, in your own special way, Jake has matured, and became a wonderful person.

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Thank-you and I SEE YOU Poppy!

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Ok, Dad, we will be home soon, and I’m honored that you spent your remaining years with us.  We had our moments, both GREAT, and just a little less than GREAT, and I know from the comments from the wonderful Nurses at Shannex, you left your charming mark on everyone you met in our lives, and the friends you made.

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Please say hello to Mom, and please tell her that I love her, and miss her..  Give her a big squeeze from Jake.

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We will chat soon, but until then, keep looking forward..  I will be OK, knowing what you and mom has done for me.

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I SEE  YOU Dad…

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