Grief & Loss, Healing, Thea's Thoughts

Steve, a Dad.

I came across this poem a few years ago just after Steve and I had our little munchkin. When I reflected on this poetry before, I thought about my own Dad who had passed away when I was young.

But now, this reminds me of Steve —how he was with our little munchkin. He was the world to him.  He loved him so much. He was with us for a short time but the life that he had as an honest and good man will live on even after death. He was a great Dad.

Daddy & Me
Daddy & Me

Follow A Famous Father

Poem by Edgar Albert Guest

I follow a famous father,
His honor is mine to wear;
He gave me a name that was free from shame,
A name he was proud to bear.
He lived in the morning sunlight,
And marched in the ranks of right.
He was always true to the best he knew
And the shield that he wore was bright.

I follow a famous father,
And never a day goes by
But I feel that he looks down to me
To carry his standard high.
He stood to the sternest trials
As only a brave man can;
Though the way be long, I must never wrong
The name of so good a man.

I follow a famous father,
Not known to the printed page,
Nor written down in the world’s renown
As a prince of his little age.
But never a stain attached to him
And never he stooped to shame;
He was bold and brave and to me he gave
The pride of an honest name.

I follow a famous father,
And him I must keep in mind;
Though his form is gone, I must carry on
The name that he left behind.
It was mine on the day he gave it,
It shone as a monarch’s crown,
And as fair to see as it came to me
It must be when I pass it down.

Thea's Thoughts

Happy Birthday, Steve.

My little munchkin and I are spending time with my in laws in Boston. It’s great to be back but it’s the first time that we’re back visiting Steve’s family without him. I’m having mixed feelings. It’s feels strange without him here. I’m happy that the little one is having a great time with his Nana. I’m still having these moments when I think about him and it’s still painful.

What could have been? Although I’m a great believer in being grateful for the things that you have right now, my heart still goes to that place where I wish he’s still with me and our little munchkin.

It was his birthday yesterday. And we celebrated his birthday by celebrating life.