Because Of You

“¿Por que tu lloras?” He asked. “Why do you cry?”

How can I not?! I am in my daddy’s arms!

Daddy, I cried because you were alert and present; you recognized me! Thank God that you did! I cried as I studied your charming face, watching the familiar spark dancing in your eyes. I cried in hearing the mirth in your voice close to my ears again. I cried as you embraced me in your arms, lovingly, tightly, just like when I was a little girl.

As I gaze upon you, I notice the years travel like a roadmap across your sweet face, and I observe the twinkle in your eyes growing dim as discomfort and pain take over. Your voice of mirth soon sounded a bit weaker, and I feel your grip grow feeble and noticed your hands soft, no longer solid, and callous from work. Sadness pierces my heart. Yet, time stood still. I am blessed, just by being in your arms again.

Daddy, I love you. So many years have passed. Oh, how I have missed you! I shall hold onto the memories and bring them back home with me, and shall cherish them forever!

I. Cried. Because. Of. You.

Click here to read an excerpt from Author Mary A. Pérez’s,
“Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace”


Filed under Dementia in Family

3 responses to “Because Of You

  1. Angela

    It’s moments like this you cherish for ever. Tearing up seeing this photo of my mom holding her Daddy, my Grandpa! ❤️ It touches my heart deeply, as I wish I can hug my Dad again. The love in this photo says a thousand words. Brings us back when we were children running to our Daddy for their love. Beautiful photo Mom. This one needs to be in a frame. I love you!

  2. Oh, Mary Ann. What a welcome roadmap to see.

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