.... and I am heartbroken.
But I'm relieved that he is no longer in pain... and he and Mom are back together again.
He was a wonderful Father... always my protector.
He was the sweetest man I've ever known.... full of life and love. He showed incredible grace and kindness to everyone, even right at the end when his body was failing and he was in pain. He never failed to say "thank you" to a nurse who came to turn him or help him with anything, or "please" when asked if he wanted something. His smile could light up a room. He was an amazing teacher, and he was teaching me how to love and treat people right until his very last breath.
Our last conversation was this:
Me: "I love you Dad"
Dad, nodding and smiling weakly: "Love you too. Thank you."
Me: "You are the sweetest man."
Dad, smiling a little bigger: "I know"
Then a long pause and he looked me in the eyes and said: "I believe it's gonna be ok."
Yes, I believe it IS going to be ok, Dad. Mainly because you taught me that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is looking out for us all.. and to trust in HIM... and His will be done. And we WILL be together again someday. Oh yes, I do believe that!!
... and I also believe that when your soul took flight up into the heavens, you were greeted with these words:
"Well done good and faithful servant;....Enter into the joy of your lord." (Matthew 25:21, NJKV).
Dr. Manuel Ramirez March 26, 1923 - March 16, 2015
Well done Dad.... well done.
I'll love you forever....