So, I went to Ireland the other day.
Yes, it was amazing. Yes, it was a dream come true. But… it was something else.
It was a trip that I was supposed to do with my dad. Well, at least until he passed away in a motorcycle accident a year and a half ago.
The trip was amazing though and my dad would have thoroughly enjoyed every single last bit of it… except the driving part. He would have definitely hated that. But… other than that it would have been a perfect trip for him.
My wife and I decided to do something a little different. We took him with us on the trip.
Not in his angelic form… because he looks ridiculous in a diaper and he doesn’t know how to play the harp.
Not in the ashes form… because he is laying down next to my mom in a grave in Ohio right now.
No… we took his picture. A subtle reminder of the trip we weren’t able to do the way that we had planned. But… one that he was with us anyways.
The final day we went to the Cliffs of Moher. I believe that it would have been the highlight for my dad. Six straight days from Dublin to County Clare went by like a flash, but the Cliffs get stuck in your brain. They are spectacular… and I know that my dad would have loved them.
So, we dropped him off.
You know… losing your dad is never easy. I have lost both my mom and dad now and sometimes feel like an orphan. However, I know that I am not alone and my parents did the best job they could with me. I am who I am because of what they did in my life.
So, my dad deserved someplace special. Yes… it was sad… and has been sad the last year and a half…
But, we smile. Sometimes we hide tears behind glasses and sadness behind smiles. But, we move on. We continue the journey of life and take what has been given and do the best that we can with it.
For my dad, he left me looking at a beautiful life that I can only have because he never stopped loving me and believing in me. I have been unlovable many times, but he never gave up and I won’t ever stop striving to live the best life I can to bring glory to God and the memory of my parents.
Today, my dad is smiling upon one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
Want to see what he’s looking at? Enjoy a little bit of his view…
Slainte Dad… I will always love you!