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After my dad was done with his job that he was with for 25 years, he began to work in the flower shop next door to our house. This was the same flower shop my grandfather owned for years… Anyway, my dad started to work for Bob who had owned the shop for 30 plus years after my grandfather owned it. I would to work in the shop on holidays and deliver flowers for BoB. I always helped when I could. I would shovel the sidewalks when it snowed. In flower shop people would order flowers for funerals and things as such. Some would have to be delivered on Sundays when the shop would be closed. So I would go with my dad to bring them and sometimes we had to set them up.
Bob’s father had passed away in January of 2000 and the flowers for the funeral needed to be brought about an hour away from where we lived next to the shop. It happened to be a Sunday and of course I took the ride with my dad. We would talk about different things, ya know father son talk. We arrived at the funeral home and dropped off the flowers. We both knew Bob’s father so of course we felt for his family just like anyone else would.
My dad and I got back in the van and started to drive home. As I sit here on my couch writing this post, I specifically remember what part of the road we were on and what time it was as I said to my dad randomly.
We both were quiet for a bit thinking of what I just said. It upset me to think about that happening. A kid having a parent die! No that can’t happen! My dad responded and said to me. “I don’t even know what I would want you to do” but I know your mom would know…..
I couldn’t believe just 3 weeks before that we had talked about not knowing what to do if either of my parents passed away, and now I say to myself “what do I do”? Of course when you lose someone close to you like this you can’t believe it’s real. You think he or she will just wake up.
You are numb, you are in denial, you are angry, sad, pissed off. Your anxiety is through the roof. You can’t sleep. You cry so much your face hurts. If you are reading this you get my point.
When it’s all over, wake, mass/chapel eulogy and bypass (gotta eat right?) reality hits, you are back to life – REAL LIFE with just my dad, sister and me. I ask myself “What do I do”? I couldn’t ask my dad since he was literally lost without my mom and my sister was only 15 and now going to grow up without a mom. I ask myself “what do I do”?
Honestly folks I never did find that answer. I just did what I felt my mom would have done. It’s as if she was and is with me the whole time. People always would say “Tom, I don’t know how you do it. And I would say ” I just do” It’s funny now that I think of it and just wrote it, I have had the answer the whole time ( I just do/did what I felt my mom would have done)
So through all the grief and hurt that I had been going through at that time there were good grieving’s. Knowing that all this time I have mostly done things the way I felt my mom would have done them. I guess what I am saying is, Take one moment, not day at a time and realize that there truly are “good grieving’s”
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