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|Subject: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:34 pm|| |
I simply cannot put it into words the amount of Thanks I wish to express to everyone here!
I have wrote, deleted, rewrote and deleted this post again and again, trying to find the words to say. My emotions have ranged from sadness, to happiness, to tearful joy, to sadness and pride. Other than saying Thank You from the deepest corners of my heart, words simply aren't enough.
This has been an absolute roller coaster few weeks. And I know I'm only at the beginning of it all.
I'd like to share a story with you all, that most of you have no idea about. I am a HUGE football fan (I'm talking American football here, for our brothers across the pond), and my team is the Denver Broncos. I have this love of football and the Broncos all because of my dad. I essentially grew up a Bronco fan. Dad and I went to games, even so much as having season tickets during the 90's. We would drive to Denver every Sunday (which is about an hour and a half away) to yell and scream our fool heads off. We would cheer, share a polish dog and a diet Pepsi (among other health problems, dad was also a diabetic. It was the worst part of these trips, because I can't stand the taste of Diet Pepsi, but I did it for dad) at halftime, then cheer for the rest of the game. Then afterwards, win or lose, we would head back home together just in time for a late dinner with mom.
Dad and I were fans through the good times (super bowl winning years) and through the bad. As I grew older and moved out on my own, we would call each other on Sunday's to talk about the games. Or text message throughout the game. Then we would text and call each other during the week to talk about the coming game, opponent or any news from the team.
Dad was a huge fan of Denver's latest Quaterback, Tim Tebow. He and I would text through out the off-season about hoping that he would start the season this year. Then when Tim Tebow finally took the starting job midway through this season, we were both extremely excited. Tebow has gone 7-1 as a starter for the Broncos. And most of those have been thrilling come from behind wins. One such win was the Sunday after Thanksgiving... in Overtime, against one of the teams bitter rivals, the San Diego Chargers. Dad and I texted throughout that whole game. Talking about the plays and how exciting the finish was. We both went nuts when Denver kicked the final field goal to win the game! Then, that night, we texted each other to relive those moments. Then at 9:00 that night I got a text from my dad saying "have you calmed down from the game yet?" To which I replied "nope, not yet. Have you?" and he replied "nope, but I'm loving every minute of it!"
That was the last time I talked to dad. The next day he passed away.
I tell you this story not as one of sadness, but as one of happiness. See, dad died in his sleep that night after the game. And I know he went to bed a happy man. I know it may seem trivial to some of you, but this was a huge part of who we are and who I am as a person, and I have my dad to thank for it. So as my fingers quake and tremble as I write this, I wanted you all to know some of the person that my dad was. He was a great man and meant the world to me. And I know for a fact that he is watching down over me and Aimee right now, not sad, but happy for the times we shared. I also know that he now has the best seats in the house to watch his favorite team.
I'm slowly getting back on my feet and I have you guys to thank for that. You guys have been absolutely incredible! And I cannot thank you enough for the support, kindness and compassion that you all have sent me over these difficult few weeks. I promise to be around more often, but please be patient with me as it's still kind of difficult to talk about it all.
Again, guys, thank you so much for everything. I couldn't do this with out you all.
All the best,
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:55 pm|| |
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:03 pm|| |
Not sure what and how to write here, but I can totally feel ya. My dad and I share the same hobby (just football from the other side of the pond).
All the best Chris! We all hope you get back on track soon (and of course Aimee too)!
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:09 pm|| |
That's a beautiful story. I actually felt my eyes start to well up.
I know what you mean. My Dad and I have a similar bond through (UK) Football.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:43 pm|| |
Sari and I are thinking of you and Aimee every day.
Big hug for you guys.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:11 pm|| |
I know what you mean about the bond with your farther, I have a very similar one with mine only its motorsport not football.
Just keep thinking of the good times at the games with your old man and keep on fighting.
Once again thinking of you and have a *Hug*
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:16 pm|| |
Glad to hear your dad punched his ticket in a peaceful manor & in a fitting mood to check out in, it must be a great comfort knowing that Chris, I know we do not know each other that well, but anything you need at this troubling time, I'm here
Hope that this major transition will become easier with the passing of time for you & your partner, my thoughts are with you.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:19 pm|| |
And I know for a fact that he is watching down over me and Aimee right now, not sad, but happy for the times we shared. I also know that he now has the best seats in the house to watch his favorite team.
I know am still new at this forum but i like to
Pay my respect. to you Chris and Aimee
much love and respect to both of you .starwizz
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:29 pm|| |
That was tough to read with tears streaming down my face. My dad & I were not that close & when he died it broke me. I still can't imagine how much pain you're going through now. I (we) just hope you find the strength to soldier on
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:11 pm|| |
Sorry for your loss. After reading this, I no longer care that my Bears lost last week. That doesn't matter!
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:00 pm|| |
Hey Chris, great story m8. It brought back a lot of memories of the good times i spent with my dad before he passed a few years ago. I know they're both in a better place looking out for us.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:52 pm|| |
Thanks for sharing this beautiful story, my thoughts and prayers are with you both.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:03 am|| |
I lost my Dad recently. I'm very sorry. Difficult to go through this alone, but you are not...
Stay strong, -Steve
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:24 am|| |
Chris, all the best man. There's really nothing I can say to help, but know that all of us are tinkling about you guys.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:31 pm|| |
Words which do not fail to impress!!
I wish you both much strength and support to carry on in this difficult period.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:52 pm|| |
My Dad lives for football (east of the pond), I'm not big on sport, but we both share a love of collecting, Star Wars for me, Dinky toys for him, and Vinyl for us both. Me and my Dad had some rough times, we didn't speak for 14 years, now we're good, and the past is the past and the bond is reforming.
I lost my mum to Cancer 12 years ago, and I still think about her most days, at first it was with sadness, now it's mostly with happiness, you know, like when you do something you know she'd be proud of.
The pain never really leaves, but it does get easier chief, especially when you've got people with you, I genuinely wish you all the best through this difficult time, and my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family this Christmas.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:11 pm|| |
My thoughts are with you and family Chris. ANYTHING you need, let us know.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:12 pm|| |
Chris, after reading your story last night, I was at a lose for words. I still am really. Back a couple years ago, I almost lost my dad. 15 minutes longer and I would have. I can only imagine what its like for you right now. But your story struck a cord in me and I just cant put it out there on how I felt reading it. As others have said, thanks for sharing it and if theres anything you need, we are only a pm or message away. We are here for you.
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|Subject: Re: Words Can't Express Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:23 pm|| |
Thank you for sharing that great story about you and your dad Chris.
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