Goodbye Dad

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  1. john1701a

    john1701a Prius Guru

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    30 years ago, my father introduced me to the world of cars. It was very exciting! There was lots to look forward to. Eventually, I joined in that very future history he had described in a decade long past. It was an exciting reality getting to experience some of his dream first hand. What he had told me about with fascination was now in my driveway.

    But today, he too became history. His struggle with the battles of aging ended. That great guy named "Dad" passed away.

    I sure am going to miss him.

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  2. galaxee

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    i'm very sorry for your loss, John.

    it sounds like he was a great dad to have.
     
  3. IsrAmeriPrius

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    My condolences. I am sorry for your loss.
     
  4. daniel

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    My sincerest condolences, John.
     
  5. efusco

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    Thanks for sharing this with us John, so sorry for your loss.
     
  6. Jack66

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    My condolences, John. I am glad that you had things like cars to bring you together.

    Jack
     
  7. limetime13

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    I feel your sorrow. Both my parents are gone now and I miss them. It is nice to remember those "good" stories though. They bring a smile to your face and it's a great way to honor their memory.
     
  8. Sufferin' Prius Envy

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    John,
    Sorry to hear about your loss.

    I can honestly say, "I know how you feel."

    The fact that you DO miss him is a good thing. If you didn't, that would just mean your relationship with him wasn't that strong.

    My dad passed early last year, and now my mom within the past couple of weeks. I am not yet over the shock of having them both gone.

    I am so grateful to have had them as long as I was granted.
    A childhood friend lost her dad when she was 12. Feeling the way I do as an adult, I just can't imagine the shock and pain experienced by children who lose a beloved parent.

    That long lost childhood friend came out of the woodwork with a phone call soon after the passing of my dad. She said she felt compelled to find me and return the favor for being there for her in her time of need. She said the most poignant and helpful words of encouragement when she said, "The fact that you DO miss him is a good thing . . . After a while, the pain will diminish as you become comfortable with a NEW NORMAL. You will always miss him, but the love will remain too."

    A New Normal. She was right. I can't wait to feel that way again.

    John, thanks for sharing a little bit about your dad with us. It's not easy to do. :(
     
  9. patrickindallas

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    Sorry to hear.

    Prius_envy's "New Normal" statement is accurate for me.

    After I lost my pop (14 years now), I was never able to recover my old way of being. It was not a bad change, just different.

    I have since come to the realization that he was just doing his job and fulfilling his destiny. Our parents are supposed to pass before we do.

    I've always tried to avoid being sad because he was gone. Instead I tried to be glad that I had the opportunity to know someone like him. I owe everything I have to my work ethic, and I got that ethic directly from him.

    A boy becomes a man when he buries his father.

    Take care.

    Patrick
     
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    Deepest condolences.
     
  11. Rae Vynn

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    I'm sorry, John.
     
  12. lumpy95

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    Sorry to hear that John. :(
     
  13. Bill Merchant

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    My deepest sympathy, John. I'm glad you could tell us. His love of cars motivated you. Your love of your Prius motivates me.
     
  14. Gadgetdad

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    A sorrow shared by many, John. May your grief tempered by many happy memories. My Dad died in '91 . He would have loved to see what I see now with tech and the Prius!

    Lee
     
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    Very sorry to hear this John. I don't know what I will do when I have to go through this but I know it will be very hard. I guess we just have to think of how our parents would want to us handle it . I hope you have many fond memories to hold on to and can create new ones for those around you. Let's face it, life is short no matter how long you live....but love will last forever.
     
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    My condolences, thanks for sharing.
     
  17. TJandGENESIS

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    Sorry for your loss. Both my parents are gone. To this day, I still think of my dad. I do miss him.

    Hope you enjoyed your time with yours.
     
  18. Vincent

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    John,

    Nice tribute to your dad.
     
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    Sorry to hear that John. But he is at peace. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
     
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