Monday, January 17, 2011

The saddest day of the year

For the past week I've been hearing on the news that January 17 is the saddest day of the year. The reasons that they gave are that the holidays are over, the Christmas bills are starting to roll in and people are starting to slip on their New Year's resolutions (if they haven't already completely given them up).

Ironically, January 17th is the day that my dad died, so it has the potential to be the saddest day of the year for me, but it's not. The anniversary of my dad's death isn't a sad day for me at all. It's actually a happy day as I reflect on the good times and look forward to the day when I'll see Dad again. If I didn't know that I absolutely would see Dad again, then it would be a sad day. What do people who don't know that they will see their loved ones again do? Now that's a sad thing to think about!

It's hard to believe that that Dad's been gone for so long. 11 years of growth and changes! When Dad died I was still in high school and I could still move! Three new sons-in-law/brothers-in-law have been added to my family, as well as all 16 grandchildren. I can't imagine my life any other way than it is now, but it would definitely be interesting to see what life would be like if Dad were still living.

I hope everyone's having a great day, but if you aren't, hang in there and know that things always have a way of turning up! :)


Tina said...

Dear Heather,

My mom will be gone ten years this next September 22. I can't believe it has been that long. It goes by fast. I too am thankful for the gospel and knowing that I will see her again.


Your Utah Friend-Tina

Kelly s said...

January 17th is rick's birthday, so it's a happy day for us because we get to celebrate his birth. It's also my Dad's birthday.

I'm glad it's not a sad day for you, either. You should be happy! Enjoy the snow this week.

- Kelly Schimpf

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