Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dad




Brilliant. Cranky. Telecommunications engineer, and a team writer of ISDN, the original Internet protocol (I'm probably using the wrong terms here, but he wrote what made the WWW work). Lover of Thai food. Husband of my Mom for over 40 years. He was sometimes abrasive, but we always knew we were loved. Cleaning out his desk I found pictures of my sister and me all over. And notes... "Tell Sharon - WWI airplane exhibit at Long Beach airport." He was proud of my flying and other adventures.

On Valentine's night he took my Mom out for a romantic dinner. Then the chest pain got worse and she finally convinced him to go to the hospital. He was told years ago that without a stint / bypass he would die, and he made his decision. Hadn't seen a doctor in two years. He coded and passed 15 minutes after their arrival. He got his way: No surgery, no ICU torture.

You did good, Dad!

20 comments:

Ursula said...

So sorry for your loss. Beautiful post in remembrance of your father. My best goes out to you and your family.

Ginger said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you family can find comfort in this time.

Tracy said...

Oh, no! I am so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you, sweetie. I'll try and give you a call this week. XXOO

Clumsy Knitter said...

I was terribly sorry to read your sad news. My condolences to you and your family.

Nell said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. But it sounds like you had a fantastic father.

Judy said...

Oh Sharon, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know it'll take time but one day the cherished memories will hurt less and bring more smiles. You and your family are in my thoughts.

loopykd said...

I am so sorry for your loss. These pictures are wonderful! He has the same smile all the time. Very warm.

Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. You wrote a beautiful tribute to your father.

SparkCrafted said...

Sounds like a great guy. My thoughts are with you and your family. *hug*

Terri said...

A couple of tears shed for you and your Dad. It is not easy.

roxy =^o^= said...

*big hugs*

omg I had no idea all this was going on sweetheart!

You dad sounded like an awesome guy. We would have gotten along well.

Love you bunches, will call you between classes this week.

more hugs & prayers,
~A

Annie said...

(i think we have a connection...thank you so much for posting on my insomnia related thread/blog. i'm going to give it a go.)

my dad did the very same thing, a long time ago. it was on his terms, and fast. may your dad rest in peace. your tribute to him is very warm... i feel as though i have a sense of him.

cici said...

Sounds like he did real good♥. sorry for your loss. What a nice tribute♥

Knitter Kris said...

So sorry for your loss. What a great tribute.

Anonymous said...

so happy that you have wonderful memories of your Dad. cherish them, he lives on through those memories. and happier that you found the notes in his desk. you were and are a treasure to him as you are to me. he is one of the reason you are AMAZING. i love you, Sharon. walkies

kadezmom said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your dad, but I am so glad he got to do it on his terms, too.

thanks for entering the contest. I took a look at the cars on your other blog, they are AMAZING. May you spend many hours cruisin'!

terri said...

Oh, honey, I'm so sorry for your loss. The death of a parent can be paticularly wrenching. Hugs and prayers for you.

Julie said...

Sorry to hear of your loss Sharon. Your dad sounds like he was awesome! Miss you! HUGS!

emma said...

I'm so sorry and I'm sending all the warm vibes I can your way.

Sock Knitter said...

Oh, Sharon. I am so sorry to read this news :(
It's been forever since I've been here, and I am sorry it took me so long to see this....My thoughts and prayers to your family.

Please get in touch if you have time (thesoapdoc @ yahoo dot com) I'd love
to catch up!

Love,
Darlene