May 11 has rolled around 38 times since you abruptly left for the other dimension. I know you've been watching.
We've sent you some pretty special people to spend time with. One of your daughters, our mom - your wife, all your siblings and in-laws, some nephews and nieces, lots of friends. Sadly, some grands, too. In the last twelve months, we've sent you Dave, David, Linda and Kevin. Hug them for us. We're bruised and raw from their losses here in this world. We sent you some friends, too, whom you might not have known before - Dave, Patrick, Leo and Adam. Take care of all of them for us.
Isn't your family spectacular? Aren't you amazed by how it has expanded? You're a great-great! You're still Papa and you continue to smile from your pictures. We tell stories about you to the grands.
We've had our ups and downs, as you know. Heartbreak and mistakes and fights. But the joys and the good times far outstrip the bad. Our family is strong. We love each other unconditionally. We stay in touch not only with each other but our extended family too. We celebrate. We mourn. We have each other's back. We can be a rock or a chocolate mess or a loud-mouthed drunk and know we will still be loved.
There are cuddles and kisses, sometimes a pinch or a push. We're loud and talkative and you must wonder if we listen. But we do!
Aren't you proud of the accomplishments? It would be impossible to list all the ways in which your family has made and continues to make a difference in the world. As you know, it's a huge network of influence and positive impact. We work hard! And we party hard in your footsteps.
We tell corny jokes, too, just as you did. I'm sure you love that every year we stage the Easter Hunt with as many family members as we can gather. The little ones have such a great time! One of your granddaughters has now become the Master Bunny. The tradition lives on.
Very soon we'll add two more babies to the family! How wonderful Christmas 2018 will be!
Thank you, to you and Mom, for starting all of this. In the whole scheme of things, we are incredibly lucky and grateful. See you on the other side - though I hope it's many more years before we send you anyone else.
Love, Your Eldest Daughter, Cathy