Back in 2007, I remember we had a huge snowstorm on valentine's day and I didn't stop in to see my dad before work that day because of all the snow. I normally stopped by to visit him before going to work and then got the bus from his house. That was on a Wednesday.
When I stopped in two days later on Friday, I found him dead on his bathroom floor and I still think about that terrible day every Valentine's day. Over time, the memory has faded some but it's very hard when people die around a holiday. It seems as though it has a way of putting a damper on the celebration.
I still miss my dad very much because we were very close. He was such a wonderful man and I did visit him practically every day. I suggested that he move in with us, but he said that wouldn't work. He treasured his independence and loved puttering around the house. He also didn't want to be a burden to us. He had a good long life and was healthy for most of it. He lived 89 years.
Cherish your loved ones while you still can and have a Happy Valentine's Day!
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