I’m hyper aware of the clock ticking.  In ten short hours, it will be the tenth anniversary of my beloved Daddy-O’s passing… 

In ten years, so much has changed.  I have softened the last of my sharp edges, having transformed into the consummate grateful soul.  I have gone from brunette to blonde — the original JoJo! I have just married the love of my life! – one of my dad’s final wishes for me.  I have let go of the soul wrenching guilt I carried for years about putting him in a home… I know he knows I did the absolute best I could.  I hold my head high knowing I literally loved him to death and Sparky™ and I sang him all the way to heaven.

Sparky’s still here.  A little more worn for the wear, but always my fateful companion who gives my heart a magical jolt of energy every time I look at him.  

I’ve accepted the fact I will always miss and long for my dad.  I will always greet the moon with “Hello, Daddy-O”, and I will always toast him whenever I pour a glass of wine and no one’s home.  I know he’s with me, watching and guiding, and he undoubtedly played a magical hand in leading me to the absolute love of my life…

Thank you, Daddy-O.  You’ve given me the best gifts – life and love.  I will always love you to the moon and back!