“Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.” My father has had the biggest impact on my life out of anyone that I’ve known. He has always been there to make me laugh, give advice, and rescue me from all my bad decisions. Knowing that something as evil as cancer has started to attack his organs is heartbreaking. The most caring, hard working, dedicated father has stage four cancer.
When it hit me that my dad may not ever see me graduate from college let alone walk me down the aisle or hold his grandchildren it made me extremely depressed. My mother passed away three years ago so I’ve felt the intense pain of losing a parent. The thought of going through that again, without the strength of my father makes me weak. Even in three short years I’ve already started to lose the memory of the sound of my mom’s voice and the warmth of her hugs. Because I had no warning of her death, I never got the chance to prepare.
Knowing that I have at least have two more years to savor as many memories with my dad as possible leaves me a little more at ease. For my service project I wanted to make a record of all the jokes, advice and rescue missions my dad has completed. From the things I never thought I would miss like “If your clothes aren’t picked up by tomorrow they’re going in the garage!” -The Most Effective Way to Clean a Bedroom. To the stuff I know I will miss more than anything, like the fact that he is the only man who answers all my phone calls. Through this project I hope to be able to show my children the amazing man their grandfather was. Although nothing will ever replace his presence, having this project will make losing him a little less devastating.