If you have lost a loved one you know that there are certain days of the year that remind you even more of the loss of a spouse, parent, sibling, child and more. It could be their birthday, anniversary of their passing, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, etc.  When it comes to my father that day is today.

Wednesday as you might know was the Winter Solstice with winter officially arriving at 4:48PM.  It was the shortest day of the year with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year.  For as long as I can remember no matter what was going on my father would call me the day after the solstice and after answering the phone he would say something like, “we’ve turned the corner and beginning today the days get longer and longer until the first day of summer.”  I could hear the excitement in his voice and for us it was almost like a holiday.  We both shared not only a love of summer but especially a love of longer days in terms of daylight.

My father passed away in November of 2014 and while I think of him often, especially during the holidays it is today that he is really top of mind.  So Dad please know I share in your enthusiasm that darkness will start fading away,  slow at first but every day will grow longer from this day forward.  I hope you and all your friends looking down enjoy the extra sunshine.

No matter what was going on my Dad would have called me today
No matter what was going on my Dad would have called me today

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