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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

In Memory Of My Dad
by Wandering Snark

Very close to a year ago, actually onthe day this message is dated, my father passed away after a five year battle with prostate cancer. A great light has truly gone out, one of the most remarkable people I've ever known or certainly ever will know, this world would be an infinitely better place were everyone to give as much to everyone in their lives as my dad did.

In one day I lost my employer (we worked together for seven years), my best friend, my mentor and my hero. I miss him every day.

So if you'll forgive how cheezy and 'motivational speaker' this sounds: Tell someone who you care about today that you appreciate having them in your life, and give of yourself to someone even if it's just someone at work who might need a helping hand. You just never know how long you'll have with your loved ones and you'll also never know how much a moment of your time and some kindness may mean to someone.

As we draw to tax deadline season I know many people are making donations to charities and I hope if you're in that situation you'll consider giving to the American Cancer Society. If your state, like Illinois does, has a box you can check to donate some of your state return money to prostate research you will truly be bring light into someone's life. I hope you'll never be in the situation yourself but maybe a loved one of yours will benefit from the ongoing research efforts you'd be helping.

Yeah, I know you don't know me and you certainly don't know my dad, unfortunately. I just wanted to do something in his memory and this struck me.

It's always hard when baseball season starts up because he loved the Cubs and we used to go to a lot of games or watch them at home and scream at the tv. So, here's a picture of him, me and my mom at Wrigley Field in what was a year during which he had a few months away from being in assorted treatments and was able to make my sister's wedding and the pre-rehearsal dinner Cubs game.

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Blogger Phan sez:

I wish you and your family all the best during this time, WS.

Blogger Swoopin sez:

Aw man. Dads and baseball.

I'll be thinking of you this week. I have SO been where you're at right now, WS. Best wishes.

Blogger Wandering Snark sez:

Thankyou everyone. It was a tough stretch to find enjoyment in much let alone stupid reality teevee show.

Family support, our good buddy beer, and of course laughter finally pulled me through.

Best wishes to you all and thankyou again.

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