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Lighting a Birthday Candle

candle1Today we remember my dad. He died when I was 6-months pregnant with my first child.  He would have been thrilled to hear I was having a boy – but I hadn’t told him (or anyone) yet.  Wanted it to be a surprise and all.  Sadly the surprise was on me.

My children know all about their Grandpa Henry because I tell stories – of things he used to say (“Oh, full count.  Pitcher’s in a hole.”) and things he did (like laugh so hard trying to tell this one joke that he never could make it all the way through).  Mostly though, I tell them of his insatiable desire to always learn more.  It kept him young, I think.   That and his good attitude of being appreciative and grateful for all that he had.

Every year now on his birthday, I light a candle in his honor and let it burn all day long (ok – or for as much of the day as I can while still being safe).   It helps this Zen Mama Wannabe show my kids that our loved ones are here with us always.  Maybe not here in body – but always in spirit, and always in our hearts.

Happy Birthday, Daddy.  I love you.

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3 Responses to “Lighting a Birthday Candle”

  1. callienandbatido Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 11:17 am

    A touching tribute to your dad and a wonderful idea. I will incorporate that into our lives as well. Remembering those we loved and loss….

  2. Zen Mama Wannabe Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    It’s a great (positive) way to honor those special people in your life that have died. It brings their life to light, if you will….draws your attention to it and makes you (or helps you) remember them on the day of their birth. I find it a great thing to do with kids – and of course it was very special for me too. 🙂

  3. Khay Says:
    December 24th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    notify buyers. So when I did this with my free ptatern, it resulted in 0 messages being sent. I have searched Ravelry’s help groups, and found out that this does in fact only work with “for sale” ptaterns. But thank you anyway!

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