I thought I would share this with all those on Open Salon for the Holidays. As we celebrate our holidays and prepare to enter the next year we will have many things to look back on for this last decade. Some are sad things such as the passing of a loved one.
A couple of years ago we rushed back the many miles to Sioux Falls were Cindy's fahter had been admitted to a local Hospital. We had recieved a call that he slipping away. We arrived just an hour before he passed. He squeezed Cindy’s hand and quietly passed.
One of those exceptional men, not one that you read in history books, but in that small Northwest Iowa town he was one of the town fathers. A second generation pharmacist he personified what one would wish in every town could have. His memorial service in filled the local Catholic Church, a magnificent church that is a central part of the community.
Today I was catching up on some email and came across one on the Strawberry Music Festival list. It was one which compelled me to share it with others as we end this decade. I thought Open Salon would be one such place to do so.
Inevitably we all pass from this earth. We all hope we leave something worthwhile behind. Nothing can be more important than have spread love to our loved ones and others. Often is the only thing of true worth that we leave behind.
For Cindy and many others it was her father who left us with that love. The following email and YouTube of Lindalou father in his final days is heartwarming. She wished to share it with all and now I share it with you.
One of the many joys of being with Dad during his last few weeks of life......This was recorded on November 15th 2009 exactly one week before our wonderful Dad died of lung cancer. He wanted my brother-in-law Michael to learn this song and record him so he could sing it at his own memorial service. He was always a great singer and loved performing. He was barely able to sing anymore but he was determined and said "Once a ham always a ham!" He never lost his sense of humor or sweet smile.
We'll be spending Christmas with my Mom and our big family. It'll be a bit melancholy and so strange to not have my Dad there. We're just so glad he left us this gift to spread around for others to enjoy. Thanks to all the rest of you who have sent us emails and cards this past month.
We wish you all joy for the holidays, however you celebrate, hopefully with loved ones, enjoying music and spreading the love around!