The Ice Cream is Good – a poem to remember the gifts of Dad and help us with healing on our loss of him.
By Melanie 01-27-2013
Dad, you are the provider, the protector;
Always working hard to keep the family safe,
And in humble service, you use your gifts to help others.
Don't think I didn't notice the life lessons you taught me about working hard,
Not wasting resources, being responsible, preparing for the future and sharing
Thinking back to a time –
Looking out my window, I saw you sand my driveway.
Didn't know you were coming –
But not surprised.
Same thing when you came with wood and stacked it;
Or strung Christmas lights when your grandson wanted some;
Or blew leaves into a pile for jumping, then blowing them for jumping in
Late night, across two towns, you come with medicine for the teething
Later you come with clams, zucchini, tomatoes and strawberries.
You come again to build a TV stand, fix the door, the furnace, the
Remove a tree, start a generator –
Moving out or moving in another one with a need.
See our growing diverse family,
With its monthly birthday gatherings?
Your openness and love helped to create this.
Make a wish and blow the candles out –
But not while they're still on the cake (silly!)
Oh well…. Dad will have just the ice cream today!
Fast forward to when I last saw you –
Sitting up straight in your bed
Eating ice cream and barely catching your breath.
Worried, I say, “Are you sure you should have that right now?”
“It's always a good time for ice cream”
You say and finish it with a smile.
“OK, Dad, you are right”
And we laugh and say goodnight –
Not knowing it was for the last time on this earth.
I close my eyes and dream I see you now again,
Smiling and at peace in the Great North Woods.
Free from the distractions of the man-made kind.
Just the whisper of wind through the leaves,
The smell of dirt, moss on trees.
Within view of a curious deer,
Bubbling stream, flowing river.
A flirting splash from a nearby fish,
But pole cast aside for an endless dish –
To be shared now with Jesus.
It's another good time for ice cream!
Rest well, Dad, the provider, the protector.
I love you.
Your gifts were appreciated.
Your work here is done.