Honour thy father and thy mother:
that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
--Exodus 20:12 (KJV)
... be good to your parents... Surah 6 al-An'am verse 151
The last 2 days have been ones of remembering my father's passing on Friday February 19, 2010--so both the date of his passing February 19, and this year's Friday, February 20.
In thinking of my father this year, I was reminded of how important family was to him, of how good he was to his own parents, and of how his greatest concern when he was most ill was that we take care of my mother.
I have thought of the ways I can continue to honour him, by living up to his expectations and example for living well, and caring for others, and indeed by taking care of my mother--which happily at this time means socializing with an active, alert, engaged woman.
Mostly, I honour him by bringing out the best of him that finds some resemblance in myself--a surprise to all of us, who seemed to think I most resemble my mother in temperament and interests.
To my Dad,
Always present, always missed...