Today marks the first day of the next decade without this amazing man on this earth. This picture is one of my favorite memories of my dad, goofing off like he often did, making others around him smile. I was 16, we were on a school trip, and he was the school board representative who came with us. When he found this hat in a gift shop somewhere in the midwest, he just had to have it. I still have the hat, it will always be a reminder of good times with him. He was always such a goof off, cracking jokes and telling stories that got better each time he told them. He was firm, he told you what he thought, (hmmm, wonder where I got that from) and yet he was a big softy too. It was 10 years ago tonight, right about now, as a matter of fact, that family and a few close friends were gathered in Mom & Dad's living room to say goodbye to him. He had come home on hospice care just 5 short hours before. We knew he held on just long enough to be in his own bed one last time, surrounded by family, including my sister who had gone before him the previous year. I know she was there to take him home. What a reunion that must have been. I miss him crazy sometimes, it's hard to believe he's been gone 10 years. Love you Dad!