Friday, April 28, 2006

One More Cookie

For those of you looking for help with Reid sizing issues, I'll be getting to that by next week and I will send all updates to Knitty to fix on the site. I apologize for the problems and will do my best to correct it soon.

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I am sorry for the lack of updating. Some of you may know that my father passed away on Monday morning, April 17. My brother spoke at the service on April 20th, and has posted the entirety of his eulogy on his blog. I highly recommend that you read it. He has a way with words.

I spent the 17th through the 27th with my family and took a respite from the blog. I did a lot of different things, although not a lot of knitting. Over the next week or so I'll talk about some of it. I must confess that the yarn diet was broken through a couple of trips to Sew Krazy in downtown Wooster. I'll have some good things to show you, too.

I've decided that for now, each time I post I want to leave a memory of my dad, both as a way for me to continue grieving, and for you to get to know how crazy and unique he was.

Once when we were younger (I might have been in fifth or sixth grade), we were having cookies for dessert one night after dinner. Mom had said we'd had enough, but Dad let both my brother and I have one more cookie each. Then he stood next to the table and said that he thought it was really sad that all we'd ever remember about him was that he was the mean one. He figured we'd just remember when he yelled at us and when he spanked us and when he got frustrated with all the noise we made. He thought for sure we'd never remember all the times when he gave us the extra cookie. But I remember, Dad. And thanks.

11 comments:

Joy said...

Thank you for sharing the eulogy your brother gave for your dad. He really does have a way with words.

I'm glad you're back, and our family continues to pray for yours.

Karen said...

Brooke, I didn't know about your father passing, I'm very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. I was wondering why you hadn't updated in so long. After 24 years since my dad passed and 10 since my mom passed I still miss them,take your time with your grief don't let anyone rush you with it. It is funny what we do remember about our parents from our childhood, it will be fun to hear some of your stories. Take care.Sorry this was so long.

Janette said...

I am so sorry to read of your Father passing. Remembering him in each post is a wonderful way to share him with others and to focus on the good things in life. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Brenda said...

Welcome back! We missed you. But I'm glad you got to spend a couple of weeks with your family.

I'm sure your dad is glad you remember the extra cookies. I look forward to hearing more memories.

Lee said...

De-lurking here to let you know you and your family are in my prayers. Hold on to those memories and allow them to comfort you, and remember to take care of yourself during this difficult time.

bean said...

well, that one made me cry. i have never heard that story...i like it just as much as the broken chair story mom told during our visit. thanks for posting it...

Kimmy said...

Hey Brookely,
As everyone else said, I like your story and look forward to more. I've not been through a passing in my immediate family as of yet so I can't imagine what its like. You seem to be showing a lot of courage and grace and I hope to emulate that when my time comes around. I enjoyed hanging with you this weekend - hope we can do it again soon!

theGracegirl said...

Brooke, I've been praying for you & will continue to do so. I will look forward to reading your posts.

You're right, your brother does have a way with words. He should probably get a job where he can use that gift to help lots of people... oh wait. He totally does! :)

mamma said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My Mom passed April 21st, so my heart really goes out to you and your pain. Thank you for sharing those beautiful words, both yours and your brothers

mamma said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My Mom passed April 21st, so my heart really goes out to you and your pain. Thank you for sharing those beautiful words, both yours and your brothers

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