Today as I drove over to WF to do some shopping and have lunch with Mom, I was listening to my Christmas Il Divo CD. One of the songs was "Somewhere over the Rainbow." While it was playing, I was reminded of my dad who loved that song – especially the Judy Garland version. He also loved "Danny Boy" – that probably gives you an idea of music he liked. Anyway, I had a strong memory of him singing, and it made me a bit weepy. Later while Mom and I were in Sam’s Club, I saw a huge bag of Peanut M&Ms. I laughed and pointed to the bag asking Mom if that reminded her of Dad. She laughed too. Dad loved chocolate – especially peanut M&Ms. While he was sick, he would ask us to take him to Sam's so that he could buy chocolate.
Mom and I did quite a bit of shopping and then had lunch at the Olive Garden. While sitting there enjoying our salad, soup, and breadsticks, I realized that this was the third anniversary of Dad’s funeral. No wonder I had been having so many memories of Dad. I hadn’t really thought about it or planned my trip to WF because of it, but I was glad that I was with Mom and we were doing something fun. In fact, we were having so much fun that I did not remind Mom of the date. I wanted to be happy, and I was afraid that it would make us weepy. It probably would have been okay either way.
Here is a past post of my thoughts at the time of Dad's death. Dad fought cancer for four years and was always a such a great patient.