It’s impossible to believe it’s been almost four years since my father passed away. I think about him every single day, and I’ve come to accept the fact that I will continue to think about him every day for the rest of my life. People say, “time heals all wounds.” No it doesn’t. Nor do I want it to. There are some wounds, some losses, that simply cut too deep. Time closes the open wound and mellows the pain, but what remains is a permanent scar.
Today, he would have been 68 years old. Still young. In honor of his birthday, here are the lyrics to Smile, a song we had at his funeral, and one of his favorites. He loved all the oldies and goodies. You can listen to the Nat King Cole version here.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
And Dad, I know that where you are they only pour stiff drinks, nobody double dips, and everyone roots for Michigan. Please know that I love you and that no matter how old I get, I will always, always be daddy’s little girl.
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