I struggled most with my 28th year. That was the age he was when he was killed. It was almost as if I was afraid to outlive my dad. I understand much more, as the years have passed, especially with the current war going on.
We must support our troops, and their families, it is because of their sacrifices that we have all the freedoms we have. Call your Congressmen and let them know that you support 'global war on terror' and recognize that we must never stand down. I believe I am allowed to voice my opinion having lost something that no daughter should lose, her daddy.
I spent several weeks when I was 29 in my dad's childhood home to get to know him. It was quite a profound visit. After 29 years, classmates of my dad wept openly when they spoke of him. I was so surprised when I went to the house he grew up in, when the owners took me in and gave me a tour. I went during the summer, but the high school principle, who went to school with my dad took me to the library and found all the yearbooks that my dad was in and helped me photocopy the pages he was on.
It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about a man I never knew. My mom struggled when she would speak of dad, because she would say it was too hard. I didn't understand what she meant until I married. I cannot imagine life without my Bill. I would not be able to speak of him, it would hurt too much.
So to all the readers of today's post I want to share with you my dad and a few things that he missed. Dad never saw one of his kids lose a baby tooth, he never made it to any of our graduations, nor walked his three daughters down the aisle. He didn't have an eighth wedding anniversary with my mom. He missed out on all our marriages, 15 grandchildren, and almost three great grandchildren.
What he accomplished: he had the strongest wife a man could ever have. She raised us with such clarity, never angry at his military service. She instilled her children to be very proud, honorable citizens of this great land. My dad gave his children the American dream, through his sacrifice. I ask all my readers on this day to please give me a comment of optimism on this ever so hard day.
The legacy of David and DeSales: parents of Cathy, David II, Liz, John, Peter, Jennifer
grandparents of David III-1980, Ann-1983, Tony-1985, Danielle-1986, Katie-1987, Cameron-1988, Bill-1989, Ashley-1990, Peter-1990, Ruben-1992, Parker-1992, Trey-1993, Carson-1994, Caliana-1995, and Mari-2006
great-grandparents of Lily-2003, Parker-2005, and his namesake due this month David Parker Gibson IV
I thank God that I am the daughter of such noble parents, and I ask all Americans to recognize that war is hell and the soldier is not the only causality of war. I also ask Americans to support our troops. One way is to tell your elected officials that either they support the war and stay the long haul or you will place your vote elsewhere.
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