THIS IS A GOOD DAY, SUCH A GOOD DAY!
I hugged him, kissed his forehead and said good night. As I turned to walk away, he grabbed my arm and said,
“This is a good day, such a good day!”
It was a month before he passed away. On a day that was circled with oxygen levels, medication and a sheepskin covered recliner – the things that became his life toward the end—I marveled at those words.
I looked at him in amazement and smiled at this incredible man. His mind was bright and clear but, it was as though his body was wilting as the determined disease gained control. Even though he knew he was dying, he continued to be grateful and look at life in a positive way.
But that was my Dad, Charlie Hunt. He was a teacher. Every day that he walked into his classroom filled with students he felt he was making a difference in their lives. But, outside of that, I am not sure if he knew he was teaching and making a difference with others in the grander classroom of life.
He demonstrated lessons in humility, kindness, dedication, and compassion. Once when I had treated him to a special gift he said,
“Oh, I don’t need anything this fancy; you know we are just
My Dad was teaching even in his last days. The final lesson he taught me was that no matter what life brings your way, always remember to begin and end every day knowing “THIS IS A GOOD DAY, SUCH A GOOD DAY!”
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all live life as simple people who celebrate every day in this way?
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Pennie's Life Lesson- “No matter what life brings your way, begin and end every day knowing ~ THIS IS A GOOD DAY, SUCH A GOOD DAY!"
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6/17/2013 06:46:14 pm
Enjoyed our friendship with your dad & mom--lotza cycle trips (that's how we met)--we always had fun together, riding, working on Christmas parties for the group---- we were together in Az when he found out the prognosis on the lungs---we were there for his last days---so blessed by the love & concern for his family & friends--Hugs, Wuanita & Darrell
6/17/2013 11:25:32 pm
Wuanita, Thank you for the comment. We all love you and your family and cherish all of our memories together! You were all a gift to my Dad- thank you for that!
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