17 August 2007

No Mix Tape Friday

Today is the second anniversary of my dad's death, so I'm not up for the mix tape task. Enjoy the Elvis covers in the post below — and come back next Friday for a new (and no doubt brilliant) mix tape.




Spend today hugging your beloveds and telling them how you much you love them.

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46 Comments:

At 8/17/2007 12:03:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Is it okay to tell you that I love you? Because I do. It brightens my day whenever you leave a comment on my blog. Thanks for being you.

 
At 8/17/2007 12:06:00 AM, Blogger Moxie said...

I second that emotion from Dr. Monkey. I am so glad I found your blog. Many blessings to you as you move through your grieving process.

 
At 8/17/2007 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Moxie said...

Okay, I just went through all the pics you have on here of OM (I love that nickname, since OM is the sound of divine creation in Sanskrit) and now I am tearing up. I am giving you a virtual hug and not letting go!

 
At 8/17/2007 02:47:00 AM, Blogger Mountjoy said...

That is one seriously excellent photo, Beth. The contrast to the fragile baby and the towering bulk of the man, perfectly compliments the serious look on his face. What a portrait!

 
At 8/17/2007 07:24:00 AM, Blogger Eebie said...

My heart goes out to you Beth. I am so glad for you that you look back with such joy on your relationship.

 
At 8/17/2007 07:37:00 AM, Blogger Marni said...

I miss him, too.

Hugs...

Love you, cuz.

 
At 8/17/2007 07:56:00 AM, Blogger bigshoulders said...

My heart goes out to you, Beth.
b.s.

 
At 8/17/2007 09:18:00 AM, Blogger jo(e) said...

That kind of anniversary can be difficult. Hugs to you ....

 
At 8/17/2007 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous john said...

Beth: I'm glad that you have many happy memories to help you on this sad occasion.

Your post has prompted me to call my folks back home right now. Take care.

 
At 8/17/2007 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

It's been 12 years for me. I still miss my dad. But at least memories are clear.

At least when I don't medicate them. :)

I'll pray for you today.

 
At 8/17/2007 11:13:00 AM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Apparently, I still have a tiny bit of empathy in my black soul. I'm sorry, miss.

 
At 8/17/2007 11:56:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Beth. I lost my dad 6 years ago and even now I sometimes still forget that he is gone.

 
At 8/17/2007 02:41:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I'd like to reiterate what others have said. Your blog and your comments brighten my day. As sad as it is, I hope you can enjoy all the good memories of your dad.

As for your instructions at the end of the post - will do!

 
At 8/17/2007 02:47:00 PM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

Sorry for your loss, still so deeply felt. IS that you in his arms?

 
At 8/17/2007 03:57:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

So sorry to hear that. *big hug*

I'm heading home this weekend to see my Dad. After the recent heart surgery scare, I'm feeling horribly guilty about being so far away. I'll most likely move home next year.

That's a great picture, too.

 
At 8/17/2007 05:54:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

Sorry to hear about your dad. I'll be thinking about you...

 
At 8/17/2007 07:53:00 PM, Blogger Bubs said...

Sorry to hear about your dad's passing.

My dad left us 10 years ago in September, and it gets a little less painful after a few years, but I still miss him.

I count myself really lucky when I get to talk with him in my dreams. It never lasts long but it's always good.

 
At 8/17/2007 08:44:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Your memories will never go away and that's a good thing. Thinking of you.

 
At 8/17/2007 09:24:00 PM, Blogger Jacy said...

Been there, it sucks, but it gets easier as the years go on and you start to revel in the happy memories, not the memory of his passing. It's been 11 years since my father died. I still can't bring myself to scatter his ashes and they are sitting in an urn on my piano!

 
At 8/17/2007 10:21:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

I'm sorry, Beth. I haven't lost a parent so I can't begin to know how you feel but my heart goes out to you.

 
At 8/17/2007 10:50:00 PM, Blogger Splotchy said...

Sending love your way.

That's a really, really sweet picture of you and your dad.

 
At 8/18/2007 12:07:00 AM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

Big virtual hug for you Beth. Sorry about your dad. Now I feel all deep and sentimental. I think I'll cuddle with MTG just a little more this weekend. ^_^ Another big hug for you before I go. ^_^

 
At 8/18/2007 07:04:00 AM, Blogger Melinda June said...

oh, beth. I'd give you a big hug and get you drunk with toasts to spectacular dads if I could. Take care of yourself, and your family. xo

 
At 8/18/2007 10:22:00 AM, Blogger coffeypot said...

Although he looks pissed in that picture - you must have just messed you new, clean diaper - I always thought Jim was the best looking of the clan. Steve is the funniest, Bill was the wildest, Mary was the most spoiled and I am the dumbest, least politically correct. You, Beth and Buck turned out pretty good considering your roots.

 
At 8/18/2007 10:28:00 AM, Blogger coffeypot said...

And as for us being rows apart at a Dwight Yoakum concert, you would have known if I was there. I would have been the one jumping up and down, screaming like your uncle Aunt Stephen, with my fist against my mouth and tears in my eyes. Dwight is so hot.

 
At 8/18/2007 11:40:00 AM, Blogger coffeypot said...

Oops! I meant, "You, Page and Buck..." Sorry! Brain working faster than fingers again. But even at hight-speed, it is like the turtles on the Comcast commercials.

 
At 8/18/2007 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DR. MONKEY: How sweet, Monkster! I always enjoy your comments, too — and, of course, your blog.

MOXIE: Thank you, dear Moxie. I am lucky to have had an amazing dad.

MOUNTJOY: I love that photo, too.

EEBIE: Thank you, Eebie. Thanks to OM, I’m a confident, (relatively) unpretentious woman who never wasted her time dating jerks. Maybe that’s why I’m still single? And happy?

MARNI: Thanks, cuz.

BIG SHOULDERS: Thanks, doll.

 
At 8/18/2007 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

JO(E): Thank you. These anniversaries also help keep him alive for the family, as we talk and laugh and cry together.

JOHN: I’m glad this post got that call dialed. Hope your folks are doing well.

KEITH KENNEDY: I tried hard not to medicate yesterday … so the wine will be flowing tonight!

PISTOLS AT DAWN: A flash of empathy in a dark soul; my job is done here.

BARBARA: I guess they’re never really gone if our memories and stories keep them alive. Or so I hope.

 
At 8/18/2007 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

CHRIS: I have a lot of great memories of my dad, and I’ve spent the last several days sharing them with my mom and siblings. Thanks, Chris.

GIFTED TYPIST: That’s me he’s holding. I love that photo of us.

BECKEYE: I understand how you feel about moving back home. I had always planned to move to Manhattan or San Francisco, but it’s hard to leave when you’re close to your family, so I travel instead. I hope your dad is okay; I bet your Tilbrook story will help.

BLUE BLANKET: Thank you very much, girl.

BUBS: I talk to my dad (well, at least his photo) every morning when I get to work. Looking at that photo and thinking about him always helps me when I have writer’s block; he was my biggest fan.

DALE: Thanks, doll.

 
At 8/18/2007 12:42:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

JACY: We were talking this weekend about how we don’t remember him being sick, but him being alive and himself. Maybe your dad prefers being on your piano.

CHELENE: Thanks, dear.

SPLOTCHY: I’ll take that love, Splotchy.

ARTFUL DODGER: Lucky MTG!

MELINDA JUNE: I’ll drink to your dad tonight, and you drink to mine!

 
At 8/18/2007 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

COFFEYPOT: You’re wrong about you: You were the cute, fun, naughty one. Not dumb; you married well (both times) and raised one cool daughter. And I’m old enough to remember how darn cute you were.

Next time Dwight comes, we’re going together. I gotta see you go all Steve on me, my turtle-brained uncle.

 
At 8/18/2007 06:38:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Beth, I wish I could say that the sadness went away quicker, but I know it doesn't. I think it's all a matter of readjusting to the new normal and letting the sadness be a part of you, but not letting it take over. I'm so sorry for your loss. I always see my sadness as a testament to how much I loved and how much I was loved.

 
At 8/18/2007 11:26:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Hugs to you Beth. It's tough I know.

My dad's been gone for 8 months now. I'm not looking forward to the first anniversary of his death.

More hugs Sweetie.

 
At 8/19/2007 05:28:00 AM, Blogger Scrivener said...

Much love to you, Beth.

 
At 8/19/2007 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Dan said...

That photo says it all -- strength, protection and compassion. Your father was a complex man who fiercely loved his family.

And yet, he still helps his family to this day. He's brought y'all closer together than ever before.

I'm proud to have known him.

 
At 8/19/2007 12:47:00 PM, Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

I know "anniversaries" like this are never easy. For whatever it's worth, my thoughts are with you.

 
At 8/19/2007 01:21:00 PM, Blogger her indoors said...

thoughts are with you honey, a beautiful photo. 'does the sadness ever go away' well i lost my mum in 1993 and still miss her so, i still talk to her, yes the hurt is less but it never goes away x

 
At 8/19/2007 02:04:00 PM, Blogger wonderturtle said...

Thinking of you. This is a beautiful picture.

 
At 8/19/2007 05:38:00 PM, Blogger Zed said...

I know the feeling Beth, and I'm sending you a big hug. Losing a parent is the toughest thing in the world.

If that's you, you're looking adorable in that photo.

 
At 8/20/2007 12:35:00 AM, Blogger jewgirl said...

Bethy,

You are in my thoughts, sweet girl. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing him and you with us.

Sending you hugs and warm thoughts,
Katie

 
At 8/20/2007 02:52:00 PM, Anonymous paul said...

A fine sentiment, B.

 
At 8/21/2007 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Tanya Espanya said...

Beth, that is a lovely photo. I'm glad you have it. I'm sorry for your loss. My dad died 15 years ago.

 
At 8/21/2007 09:44:00 PM, Anonymous Glassmeow said...

He's with you still, you know. At least that's what I tell myself about my mom.

Hugs and good thoughts to you and your family.

 
At 8/22/2007 08:55:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

TENACIOUS S: I know you understand what I’m going through, so your words mean a lot. I tell myself the same thing about the pain. I know I’m lucky to have had a wonderful father — and I’m still lucky to have a great mom.

DAN: Thanks. Plan something special for that day and honor your dad.

SCRIVENER: Thanks, doll.

DAN: Your comment brought tears to my eyes. OM was always crazy about you, as you know. And, yes, we are even closer today. I’m very thankful for that.

THIRD WORST POET: Thank you; that means a lot.

HER INDOORS: Isn’t it a great photo? I’ll never stop talking to him.

 
At 8/22/2007 08:56:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

WONDERTURTLE: OM always sang “High Hopes” to me when I was a baby, so I like to imagine he’s singing it at the moment the photo was snapped.

ZED: That’s adorable me! Losing my dad was tougher than I ever imagined. But it drew me even closer to my mom, which is wonderful.

JEWGIRL: And I’m sending hugs/thoughts back your way, doll.

PAUL: Thanks, sir. You know how crazy I was about OM.

TANYA ESPANYA: Never gets easier, does it?

GLASSMEOW: I feel his presence every day, Kat.

 
At 8/27/2007 09:38:00 AM, Blogger DaBich said...

((((((((((((((Beth)))))))))))))) it DOES get better. Remember, he woudn't want you to be unhappy. Smile :)

 

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