It’s been a real long time since my father passed. 21 years to be exact. And would you believe in those 21 years I have tried to think of something to do to honor and remember him besides “just” visit to the cemetery? Every year I try to think of something, and for some reason, I’ve just always wanted to keep to myself about it.
I think of my father every day. I know him. I remember his voice, his laugh, his smile. Now that I have a daughter, I feel sad that she won’t know those same wonderful things about him. I want to talk to her about him and make sure she knows that she has a grandpa. I want her to know of his existence. I want her to know that even though he’s not here, and she’s never met him, he’s important.
Yesterday was my daddy’s birthday, and I knew it was time for us to remember him together, as a family. We decided to write messages to him on balloons and send them to him in Heaven. I feel this will show my daughter exactly how important he is and he is still her grandpa. My mom’s eyes just lit up seeing her children and granddaughter love the love of her life so much. My husband (who also never met my father but always tells me how much he wishes he did), really enjoyed being able to “interact”. It’s been WAY overdue for our family to come together and remember him while being there for each other.
What We Did
My husband went out and bought 5 blue balloons (the bigger ones): 1 for me, 1 for my mom, 1 for my brother, 1 for my husband, & 1 for our daughter. We each used a permanent marker (washable for our daughter) and wrote messages to him all over the balloon. We decided that each person’s balloon would be confidential, so we weren’t looking at each other’s. *At some point, I think it would be great to write some memories and share them with each other before we send the balloons off.
We went into our backyard and everyone held their own balloon while we sang “Happy Birthday”. Then we let them all go. It was emotional, yet so happy. We felt like we did something as a family to celebrate and remember our daddy. We remembered him and took some time to remind ourselves how much we love him and how important he is.
We loved this so much, and we are for sure going to do this from now on. I believe we will add to it. Maybe have some dinner or look at pictures. This girl had to make it short and sweet because I had my wisdom teeth out that morning. Thank God my husband remembered how much I wanted to do this and bought the balloons for us. He always knows how to save the day!
SHOUT OUT to my husband for remembering this idea and getting the balloons while I was in bed with wisdom teeth pain! FIRE UP for FINALLY having a family tradition to celebrate our daddy!
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