On Friday I shared the following quote with the picture below:
Skip, my Dad's favorite quote was, "Jimmy, shut up!" Wish I could hear it one more time!
Here's my point, too often we forget about the power of an image to take us back to a special moment in time. We also forget how connected we all are through the experiences in life we have in common. On Friday, when I posted that tweet I was just missing my Dad. He's been gone for a couple of years and it's rare that I don't think about him at least once a day, but the photographs and their memories keep me smiling.
My Dad was incredibly disciplined when it came to his health and died at 93, but onion rings were the one treat he refused to deny himself. Square 1 Burgers on "Onion Ring Day" became a regular Wednesday lunch date. I don't drive by one of their restaurants today without laughing.
Dad was my best friend my entire life. I've got memories, stories and plenty of photographs to keep me happy. When those moments of sadness hit, all it takes is a picture or video to get me smiling from ear to ear.
So, I'm wrapping it up this morning by sharing one of my favorite videos. Molly and I stopped by Dad's one morning. He loved Molly and the two of them had a special bond. The wool blanket on his bed made her butt itch and she'd reach back, do what dogs do, lick her butt and then go back to kissing Papa.