Missing Daddy

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The poignant thoughts of Pia’s entry about her seatmate, Senator Juan Flavier (who has now graduated from the senate) brought back memories of my own dad. Like Pia, I have a soft spot for senior citizens about the same age as my dad would have been today. Whenever I garner an achievement, I often think “dad would have been proud of me”, sometimes wishing I can catch my dad’s beaming smile with a nod of approval.

I am turning 50 years old this week and somehow I am thinking of the day my dad turned 50. My sister and I walked towards the UP shopping center so we could send a special card telegram to dad. Our greeting was:

Happy half a century old, dad!

I thought 50 was such an old age.

daddyoldboy.jpgFive years later, dad suffered a massive stroke that made him suffer aphasia. He was unable to comprehend oral words but understood written words. Pregnant with Lauren, I traveled all the way to Cebu thinking he’d die any minute. I am grateful that God gave me 18 more years with him. I learned so much from his pain. Those were the difficult years for my dad because he had to live a new life with his speech impairment. Not anymore the prominent businessman, he adjusted to having fewer but loyal friends and a simple way of life.

When I think of how hard my life is, I think of my dad’s pain. I think about the setbacks he had to take in life. I think about his orphan status, the loss of both his parents when he was just a young boy. I think about how he had to work his way through college. I think about his grief when he lost his wife, my mom at the age of 45 years old. I think about the humiliation of losing his speech. The loss of his job. The loss of his “friends”. I think about how he lost his 2 sons before him. I think of his suffering as he laid in bed for 4 years.

I thank my daddy for teaching me about resiliency, the ability to go on with life inspite of the adversities. I thank him for teaching me gratitude as he showed me how to turn positive energy into my life. I thank him for the legacy he will pass on to my kids and their kids.

I just wish I can still talk to him once again. This week I will pay extra attention to all the daddies in the world because I will catch a little of my dad in them.

While I miss dad terribly, I know he is still with me. I will always love you Daddy old boy, and my love will always keep you alive in my heart.

Hug your daddy for me please.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1354 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • emily

    I am a daddy’s girl so I understand how much you miss your dad. I gave my dad a hug today. *hugs*

  • I quite have an idea of how you miss your Dad. I almost lost our Papa in 2002 when he had to have his quadruple bypass.

    I wish I could just give him a hug now. 🙂

  • Riz

    I wish I could hug my daddy for you too 🙂

    “This week I will pay extra attention to all the daddies in the world because I will catch a little of my dad in them.” –> *sigh* Father’s day is nearing and I’m oddly scared. I dread to find out how I’d feel when Sunday comes.

    Advance happy birthday to you 🙂 And advance happy fathers day to our dads. I share your thoughts. 🙂

  • @linnor- We treasure every moment we can get with our loved ones.

    @riz- Father’s Day is about honoring the wonderful men in our life, whether it’s our own dad, our friends’ dad, a grandpa, or someone who’s “like a father.”

  • I wish I could hug my father too but I lost him last year. Last year’s Father’s day was spent doing a novena for him. Actually, that’s why I like your site, it teaches me ways of dealing with my grief over the loss of my dad.