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DGentry
12-29-2011, 12:59 AM
Tonight I sat down at my father's bench and reloaded two boxes of shotgun shells - skeet loads. I was hesitant at first, as it has probably been 15 years since I did this, but everything was all there and ready to go. It's an aged Mec loader, one shell at a time, and I fell easily into the old rhythm - a ritual I once participated in countless times, starting at age 6 or 7.
It felt very, very right, and I like to think that my Dad - who died quite peacefully yesterday - was there looking over my shoulder, as always.




No condolences necessary . . . I just needed a bit of an outlet

Dave

The Bigfella
12-29-2011, 01:01 AM
May he rest in peace. Best wishes to you and yours Dave.

seanz
12-29-2011, 02:05 AM
No condolences necessary . . .

I respectfully disagree.

Best wishes from us down here.

purri
12-29-2011, 03:58 AM
Repetition of shared cultural practices is often the best balm.

Phillip Allen
12-29-2011, 04:21 AM
a nice rememberance... thank you and thanks to your father as well

Waddie
12-29-2011, 05:40 AM
remember only the good stuff.....

regards,
Waddie

elf
12-29-2011, 06:05 AM
Celebrate the good stuff.

Garret
12-29-2011, 08:06 AM
What a nice post. I can believe it felt right & hope it brings back great memories & provides comfort whenever you do it!

Paul Pless
12-29-2011, 08:08 AM
Best wishes Dave. Nice post.

Tylerdurden
12-29-2011, 08:14 AM
My condolences and has to be one of the nicest written tributes I have read here. He is up there smiling on you. God Bless.

Bob V
12-29-2011, 08:30 AM
That's sounds like the perfect way to connect and honor his memory.

I still use the combination square that I brought back home after my father died and I don't get sad anymore when I pick it up but every time I use it (often) it seems a bit like holding his hand.

Best wishes,

Bob V

BrianW
12-29-2011, 10:12 AM
Sorry for your loss. It's wonderful that you were able to find a tradition, and sit back to reflect on good memories.

LeeG
12-29-2011, 10:35 AM
it's a good feeling when things are just right.

ccmanuals
12-29-2011, 10:41 AM
Dave, I lost my dad about 15 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him. You will always have those cherished memories of your dad. It will take some time but it will get better.

pefjr
12-29-2011, 11:01 AM
Tonight I sat down at my father's bench and reloaded two boxes of shmtgun shells - skeet loads. I was hesitant at first, as it has probably been 15 years since I did this, but everything was all there and ready to go. It's an aged Lee loader, one shell at a time, and I fell easily into the old rhythm - a ritual I once participated in countless times, starting at age 6 or 7.
It felt very, very right, and I like to think that my Dad - who died quite peacefully yesterday - was there looking over my shoulder, as always.




No condolences necessary . . . I just needed a bit of an outlet

DaveYou have my interest now, did he take you fishing? what did he teach you? My father taught me the value of a dollar, the value of your word, personal responsibility, old school things like that. He planted several seeds that sprouted long after his death 1974, one of which I have in my hand as I write this, a Mandolin. My father's life time hobby was music. Your father is not looking over your shoulder, he is actually a part of your shoulder, so he is there in a sense and now he ain't going no where that you don't lead him.

McMike
12-29-2011, 11:17 AM
Thank you for sharing.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
12-29-2011, 11:20 AM
What we learn from our fathers and what we haved shared with them are the best ways to keep them in our hearts. Condolences. You only get one dad.

Breakaway
12-29-2011, 12:04 PM
- was there looking over my shoulder, as always.

My dad died 7 years ago and I still feel him over my shoulder when engaged in certain things.

Rest in peace.

Kevin

bob winter
12-29-2011, 12:43 PM
A peaceful passing is always a good thing.

Canoez
12-29-2011, 01:22 PM
I respectfully disagree.

+1. Very sorry to hear of your loss.

UCanoe_2
12-29-2011, 08:52 PM
Dave, he will always be with you and will make his presence known at the most unexpected times. Our hearts go out to you and all your family.

DGentry
12-31-2011, 12:56 AM
Thank you all. Dad's memorial was this evening and it was not too bad, with many funny stories.