Today is three years since my Daddy died in a car accident. I was 4 months pregnant with Boogie at the time. It was, without a doubt, the worst day of my life. I would never wish that kind of pain on anyone. God pulled me through the darkest part, but mourning is a long process. Maybe it never really ends. But today, instead of dwelling on the bad times or that terrible night, I want to share three of my Daddy's favorite things with you.
1- Football. Really, he loved all sports, I think, but football held a special place in his heart. And so my brothers and I are fierce football fans. We all cheer for the Giants because that was his team, and we were raised with "Let's go, Giants, let's go!" echoing in our heads during the football season.
2- Twizzlers. I craved Twizzlers like crazy throughout my pregnancy with Boogie after my Daddy died. It has kind of become a comfort food for my brothers and I. Even if there was no other junk food in his house when we went to visit him, I knew he had Twizzlers stashed someplace. There is actually a picture of me as a baby chomping on a Twizzler in my high chair. I made sure to introduce them to Boogie young, too. I have a picture of Boogie and I sharing a Twizzler when he was around a year old.
3- Billy Joel. I cannot tell you how many memories I have of driving with my Daddy with Billy Joel cranked up and blaring out the sunroof of his current sports car. "River of Dreams" was our summer soundtrack one year when I was young, and each day when we drove to a museum or aquarium or amusement park, he would sing along at the top of his lungs. He might not have always been on tune, but he sang with joy.
I hope my boys will love football, Twizzlers, and Billy Joel, too, and I look forward to sharing many more fun memories of their grandpa with them as they are growing up.