“i luv u brooke” were the words he sent from his blackberry just a few hours post-brain surgery in february.
words i had heard time & time again over the last twenty-six years of my life.
this time, it was different.
twelve hours earlier he was put under, removing a golf-ball-sized tumor from his head.
with the fear of not waking up & breathing again behind him, he typed the fourteen characters into his phone & sent them to his daughter stuck in a snow-storm three states away.
to me, his only daughter, it was a day & a moment i never take for granted.
to us, his biggest cheerleaders, it was a day we will never forget.
so today, we spend time with the man who taught us how to persevere when times are rough & unpredictable, how to possess a genuine faith in others, & to never lose sight of what matter most in life- love for family & those who have been there through it all.
happy father’s day, BR. love your face off.
(picture taken October 2009… BR with his girls, Bentley & B)