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I swear, they're worse than the first year. My father-in-law, with whom I had a very, ah, interesting relationship at times, passed away around this time two years ago. It was his birthday today and Scott is takin' it hard. I despaired that this would not be an altering event (in a good way) for him but this past half year, he's made great strides in his marriage and with his kids. I'd like to think his dad had a hand in that somehow, since he was absolutely, fiercely loving toward them and his grandchildren. There have been times the last 2 years that I wished I could've spoken to him about Scott. In a moment of real despair, I did tell Scott that his behavior would have been frowned on by his dad. It was a real shocker to hear those words come out of my mouth and doubly so to hear it but things got better after that. A lot betta.
So to my father-in-law, Gerry, wherever you may be, thanks for still being a presence in my husband's life, an example of how a good man can impact the people he loves. You've redeemed men to me in a variety of ways (no offense, guys - you should see how some guys act sometimes, though).
May you have another year to spend with us feeling close to you.