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I came across the 31 day blog challenge by Fabulous Finds by Tiffany a few days ago over on Laughing Lindsay. I'm a few days behind but better late than never if it's something you want to do, jump on in with me. Each day gives a new writing prompt to help get our writing juices flowing and give y'all something more personal to read here at Mama Bee Does. For Day 12 I get to write about something I miss. I chose a someone instead of a something.
I miss my step dad. Lee has been gone 7 months now. Stupid brain cancer. He was the only real Dad I ever had. He saw a woman with a kid and still chose to love us both. He saw a teenage girl that was rebellious and loved me anyways. He saw me grow and become a Mother and loved me and my boys just as much as if I was a real daughter to him. To both of us I was his, no matter what it looked like on paper and even though we weren't blood related. We were heart related and that was enough for the both of us.
He liked cars, working with his hands and watching Smallville. He came up with some crazy contraptions over the 18 years we were a family but we enjoyed every one of them. I have plenty of memories to keep him in my thoughts every day. From going out for ice cream on his dune buggies to him being there at the hospital to hold both of my boys after they were born. He loved traveling with my Mom on their RV. His last camping trip the 2 boys and I had the privilege to go with them. I hear my 5 year old say I sure miss Papa 5-6 times a day, every day, for the last 7 months. I cry some times. I smile some times. I comfort him every time. We all miss him and we will never forget him.
I miss hearing him laugh. I even miss seeing his ashtray full of cigarette butts. I miss watching my boys joke and play with him. I miss his hugs and his not very wordy but very informative fatherly talks. He is missed and his life will be cherished forever.