I write this message with complete sadness, shock and with a heavy heart. Less than 24 hours ago, I enjoyed one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time with my Mom, Dad, Sister, Grandma and Grandpa. I captioned my latest photo post as “my everything” because they are and there’s nothing greater in life than family. As we grow older in life, we often drift away from family and the ones who help shape us. We move to a different city, we get caught up in school, in work, in relationships. A year ago this month I moved to Toronto for work. I made it my goal to come back home as often as I could to spend time with my family. My friends always questioned why I would do this. “Need mom to do your laundry!?” they asked, free meals at home!?. I laughed as I often answered with a simple Yes.
I couldn’t remember the last time we all posed for a family picture together. We smiled, we laughed, we hugged and said our goodbyes before calling it a night. I squeezed my grandpa and gave him a big hug goodbye as he left for his weekly Barrie Colts Hockey game.
But as I woke up this morning, I never would have thought that last night and that moment would have been my last with him. This morning he passed away.
I love you Papa ❤️