*Written January 21, 2013*
The one-year anniversary of my father’s death rapidly approaches and I have found myself contemplating the past year without his presence. Dad and I were so close, as close as any daughter could be to her father. We were so much alike, yet different in many ways. Dad was always someone I could talk to and know I would get that “realistic perspective” of life, and he was never afraid to tell me his honest opinion-even if it was completely opposite of what I wanted to hear.
Dad touched a lot of lives for the 72 years he called Earth home. He was a husband, a father, an uncle, and a grandfather. But what he loved being the most was a doctor. For the sake of time and space, Dad’s medical career was outstanding. He started out as a general practitioner in the Air Force back in the late sixties, and after a tour in Vietnam, came back to settle down in Memphis. He married mom in 1975 and in the next few years decided he really wanted to specialize in radiology. By 1982 he reached this dream, moved mom and myself up to Cape Girardeau, and spent the remainder of his life working as a radiologist for Cape Radiology Group.
Dad and I shared many loves, but the main one we connected over was wine. Anything and everything I know about wine comes from what dad taught me over the years. Now I continue this passion, and seem to be converting my husband from Budweiser products over to Napa Cabernets.
I could go on and on about my dad, about how much I miss this man, about the piece of my heart that aches and longs for one of his great big bear hugs. But I would be here all year if I took time to write everything down. For those who have lost loved ones, you know the kind of pain and loneliness that comes from death. Others may have yet to experience this. One thing is for sure, we all have to face death at some point in our life, and the ordeal is never easy. So end today by telling someone you care about how you feel, give them a hug or a kiss, or simply take time to have a conversation and find out about their day. Because tomorrow, that person could be gone.
My father’s favorite Napa cabernet has to be Raymond. Raymond Vineyards, located in St. Helena, CA, was always considered to be a “table wine” in my dad’s home. It was one of the first wines he learned to collect on, dissect and truly enjoy as a connoisseur of California reds. I still enjoy this wine on a weekly basis, thanks to my dad. And I hope you find a bottle to enjoy too.
To learn more about Raymond Wines, visit http://www.raymondvineyards.com.
Until next time, cheers!