Happy Birthday Big Marv!
Dad and Carsyn
Today is my father's 59th birthday. I am so grateful for a kind, loving, forgiving, and loyal father. Just over one year ago on December 19th, 2009, I received a call from my mother around 2 am. She was crying hysterically, barely uttering the words, "Our house is on fire". She said everything was gone. At that moment, my heart collapsed to my ankles as I imagined the worst. I thought my father had died. After she calmed and could understand what I was asking, she told me that my father had made it out of the house before it was engulfed in flames. At that moment, I knew I could survive the loss of my childhood home as long as my parents were still alive. God only knows how truly grateful I am to have another year with my Dad. We have survived the devastating loss of our home and all the treasured memories that were woven into over 30 years of keepsakes. However, this Saturday, we will have a birthday party for my father in my parents' new home and celebrate his life. Happy Birthday Dad! I love you.