Life ended as I knew it a year ago this month.

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Life ended as I knew it ended a year ago this month.

Nothing ever will be the same.

So a new norm is the only path available.

There are many, many times when I think that I just want my life back. 

But that is not an option.

I lost my Dad a year ago in a freak accident.

Hands down, I had the best Daddy in the world.

Here is a link to the post of the Tribute to Daddy I wrote that was read at his Memorial. 

Or read this one to stop you in your tracks

Everything is NEW as a direct or indirect result.

New Schedule. Lots of time invested in managing the Family Business.

New Friends. New people gratefully and surprisingly entered my orbit.

Old Friends Revealed. Some have been the a rock of Gibralter times ten.

New Understanding of the Grief over the loss of a loved one.

New Job Orientation. My Dad was my Builder Client of decades, too.

New Holiday Routines. New Free Time Routines. New Mentors. New everything.

New Office after decades. New Daily Routines. New way of leading the rest of my life. 

Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and keep going because there is no other path to take.

And then it is time to be humbly grateful for the people and changes and routines and choices that have become the fabric of your NEW life.

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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Grief is a teacher. I'm glad you had a good Dad for as long as you did.

Jan 02, 2013 04:13 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Cheryl, I had tears in my eyes reading this post. I know you were your dad's little girl . He is watching over you and will always be in your heart.

Jan 02, 2013 08:36 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
You have come a long way in this past year. You have made lots of changes and have shown a great deal of strength. Dad would be very proud of Golden Girl
Jan 03, 2013 12:12 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Cheryl, I would have given my right arm to have a Dad like you had.  What a blessing to have shared that kind of love with you Dad. I'm sorry for your loss yet happy that you had such an amazing dad.  Thank you for participating in the contest.

Jan 04, 2013 04:07 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

How blessed you are to have had such a wonderful dad. Many can not say the same. But it sure makes it hard when they are gone. I am so vey sorry for your loss. ♥

Jan 05, 2013 10:53 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Cheryl, losing a father is so hard, even when they are really old and you know what is coming.  I can only imagine what it must be like when the loss is a sudden accident.  Big hug.

Jan 06, 2013 09:55 AM