- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I am making a memorial bouquet charm for my Dad, with a picture on one side of the two of us, and an inscription on the back to convey all of my emotions. I am wavering between two inscriptions, and would love the advice from you wonderful ladies:
“Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad.” or a variation of the following: “Although I miss you everyday, I know you walk beside me today.”
The second inscription is not *quite* right, so any advice on how to make that more eloquent is definitely appreciated. As a sidenote, the second one would be very special to me if it sounded better, because my Dad passed away from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. If you are not familiar with the disease, it is a most cruel disease that causes the person to become, essentially, paralyzed. With my Dad, it started in his mouth area and made it impossible for him to speak for more than the last two years of his life. He would carry around a whiteboard and write conversations to us. Then, it affected his hands and he could not write to us, ending his “voice” completely. Shortly thereafter, he was not able to walk without a walker – hence, wanting the second inscription. In addition to not being able to speak, it was extremely difficult for him to eat and drink, and he lost about 90 lb by the time he passed. I don’t know exactly why I am writing this all out, but it is making me feel better than if I kept it inside. I hate that this had to happen, I am sad daily, and I feel cheated that my Dad was taken from me, just when I was getting old enough to call him a friend rather than a parental figure. He was always so strong, physically and emotionally, and after he was diagnosed he never showed us how depressed he must have been. That is why I want to honor him, and make sure everyone knows that he was such an important part of my life.
Sorry for the emotional post, and if anyone has any other inscription suggestions that I have not yet seen, please post as well. Thanks in advance.