Valentine’s Day has never been a favorite holiday of mine. And a few years ago, it became a bittersweet holiday at best. I lost a family member to suicide. Yes, a very tragic event that shook the entire family.
But because of this tragedy, our family drew closer. I was able to re-establish ties with family members that I had lost years before. I was able to form new bonds with my brothers and sister and also renew a kinship with a family that had been lost to me. So while I lost a family member, I regained a family.
I have posted this song every year since we lost Ben. It is a great way for me to remember him.
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a fan of the Olympics. Yep, bring it on. Speed skating. Downhill skiing. Bobsled. Luge. And yes, figure skating. I will admit I like to watch figure skating. Every four years. I like the grace and athleticism of the skaters. I have no idea how they are judged or how the scoring goes. Might as well figure out the NFL bobbled catch rule and then you might understand figure skating.
The cross country skiing and shoot arrows…yep, not sure about that. Or the one that shoots rifle instead of arrows. Um, well I’m sure the Greeks had a reason for that…
So I will watch these coming 2 weeks with fun. It will actually be live. 8PM here is actually 10 am there. So the live feeds should be fun.
But most of of all, I look forward to the backstories. The ones that will make my eyes misty. You know what I am talking about. “She/he was raised in poverty and rose up to meet the challenge and became a Olympian…and so forth.
Don’t get me wrong. I love that story. But why not this…”Kid was motivated a worked his ass off and became an Olympian” I like that also…
It started with a kiss. I was on the floor. We were watching the Super Bowl, or at least I was, when she crawled onto my chest. She then went up to face and planted the wettest, most sloppery kiss I have ever had.
She then had a grin that could light up Time’s Square on a busy night. I melted. This is a memory that will stay with me forever.
Of course I am referring to my daughter. And we have celebrated this moment for the last 21 years. Over the years we have had cakes, presents and, of course, kisses. It has been special for us over the years.
It is a wonderful thing, memories. I can’t think of a thing that is more important than this. I know that she is an adult now, but the fact that she still remembers this and is willing to celebrate the fact, well, that is just priceless.
This year we went a Blue Jackets game and just spent time together. It really doesn’t get much better than this.