Dark clouds are billowing over the distant green pastures. A rickety old fence manages to keep the longhorn cattle from walking into the dirt road, which only sees an occasional truck each day. It’s the middle of nowhere, and I’m here in the camper for a much-needed break to simply relax for the weekend. I might slip out and paint the fields of bluebonnets.
Following our big online artist convention, PleinAir Live, which was an intense four days after even more intense days and months of advance preparation, I was exhausted. But instead of sleeping in the following day, or sitting on the back porch, or playing in my art studio, I had to face something I’d rather not face. Boarding an airplane, Laurie, the kids, and I flew to Florida, knowing we would be spending the next few days saying goodbye to my dad and being at his bedside.
Big Changes in One Month
When we left there a month ago after spending almost four weeks taking care of Dad, who was up and in good spirits and alert, we returned to find him shutting down. He was barely able to talk, and, though we were only able to make out a word or two, we just wanted him to know we were there at his side as he made passage to a new and better place.
Hospice said it would be about five days normally, but Dad had been working 15-hour days up till then. They said, “The ones who work are still working in their heads, and take more time to give up.” He lasted till 8:39 on the ninth day.
The hand of death can be swift or slow, but its grasp is strong and makes no exceptions. Rarely do we admit it looms, hovering above like vultures awaiting their kill. They circle for as long as it takes.
Some, whose greatness seems limitless and whose vulnerability to death seems almost impossible, these larger-than-life characters, fall just like the rest of us, perhaps the only difference being the disbelief among others that they could ever go.
Such was the case with my father, the man who stood above others, not in stature or importance (because those things were not his God). Not only was he the man with that magical eye twinkle and beaming smile who befriended everyone he met, he was the one who was truly interested, whether you were the head of a government or the restroom attendant. All were equal in his eyes. Each person had a story, and he was curious to learn it, and make a new friend. Like a high-powered magnet, he drew others to him.
Though driven to excellence and being as great as God intended him to be, he too possessed flaws and imperfections. He had regrets, but made sure he used them as lessons to prevent future mistakes. He too was seduced by shiny objects, but his family was his foundation, and he gave to them deeply. Every encounter had a story attached to a lesson he felt we should learn, but they were never lectures. Mistakes were ours to make, yet he was never critical. Instead he may have helped us find our own correction, but he never told us what to do, never yelled or raised his voice that I can remember, and never would be critical or negative about others. Never a word of gossip, not even so much as giving in to the temptation to pile on when someone else said something negative. Instead he would suggest that we should never be critical because we’ve never walked in someone else’s shoes.
Adventure was his muse, challenge was his seductress, and God was his guide. His family prayer, with us or strangers over each meal, was “Change our plans according to your plans for us.” Prayers were never short, and often as long as the meal itself. We were each mentioned, whether we were present or not, because he was calling on the Almighty for protection; he understood that our control and protection had earthly limits.
His number one goal for each of his family and friends was that they find “the ticket to heaven” referred to in John 3:16. He never preached, but the way he lived drew others to ask, at which time he would share. Countless stories of conversion or salvation were like notches on a gunslinger’s belt. Not because he believed one could earn their way to heaven by good works, but because he deeply wanted what he believed was best for others. He was an example of someone who loved everyone he met, and they felt it.
Staying Home to Go Home
The greatest gift we could give him was to hold to our lifelong promise that he would never be placed in a nursing home or die in a hospital. He was home, and thus lived his full life on his own terms. One of the greatest gifts I had was a daily visit for almost a month, when Laurie and I came to help with his care and where we would chat late into the evening every day while he was still able. Though he had an occasional bad day or two where chats were limited due to exhaustion from treatments, it was time I’ll never regret.
Your Terms Only
Dad’s other big mission was trying to convince anyone who would listen to live life on their own terms, not at the whim of others. That freedom, he would say, comes from starting your own business. His message got through to me, and it’s a message I share because he was right. It’s not easy, sometimes downright frightening, often at the control of outside influences like regulations or customers, but always in your own hands to decide direction.
A Giant Inheritance
The inheritance my dad left me was his voice in my head influencing my decisions like a compass pointing me the right direction. Baskets of memories he went out of his way to make. For instance, at the end of each summer, everyone would get a one-on-one boat ride with Grandpa to impart advice and reconnect one more time. The memories are flooding me and always will, and now I must carry these traditions forward.
Not one week went by that I did not get a call or a text with a long comment on Sunday Coffee. Always encouraging, and expanding on the ideas I’d discuss. One of the last things he said to me, before he could talk no more, was that he loved the last Sunday Coffee. Then he said, as he often did, “Spread your wings. You have a gift to help others. This isn’t just about art; you can help the world. Think big, not small. Expand your reach. The world needs you.”
Sunday Coffee has been rooted in lessons from my life, many of which were passed to me from my father.
Though writing this is cathartic for me, it’s important to share these lessons, because we each have an opportunity to make a mark on others with encouragement, belief in them, and giving them the confidence they need. I’ve had that since the day I was born, and I’ll miss it. But I got enough to get me through a lifetime. Now it’s my turn to make sure I’m providing that for those I love.
You and I walk on this earth for a brief moment in history. I don’t think we’re placed here accidentally so we can just watch TV and become couch potatoes. Though there is a time for that, this is a fresh reminder that time travels fast, and we need to leave that mark in some way, with each person we touch, each day we’re on earth. Remembering that today might be our last.
What about you?
Who have you encouraged lately?
Who have you shown that you believe in them?
Who have you helped see the greatness inside that they don’t see for themselves?
Life has a purpose. Sometimes we go through years without understanding that purpose, and sometimes others see it when we don’t. My dad saw things in me that I did not see, and he boosted me with confidence and encouragement.
Today, as I celebrate the life of my father, and I celebrate his entry to God’s next realm, I’m filled with joy because his absence makes me see just how fortunate I was to be born to the parents I was given.
Time is short, and there is much work to do to touch more lives and encourage more people. Thank you for allowing me to share this deeply personal moment of my life with you.
PS: We all have everything we need inside ourselves to accomplish any impossible dream. But if you and I can help people see it before they see it themselves, we can impact their lives in a big way. What if each of us started today? Nothing critical. Only encouragement of others, and showing belief in them. (And no self-criticism either.) It would be like rocket fuel to make this world that much better.
I have received thousands of notes, e-mails, social media comments, and things in the mail. You’ve really warmed my heart with your outreach. Thank you. It means so much to me, knowing others are there for me.
I so enjoy your “Sunday Coffee” and particularly this one about your father and the sweet relationship you had with him. I know you will surely miss him, but he left you a legacy and beautiful memories that you have so generously shared with us, your readers. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to read something so encouraging and heartfelt amidst so much of the negativity we are bombarded with each day. Thank you for your stance with God….without Him, we are nothing. My mother is 93 and I’m still praying for her salvation, but I know God has a plan and I have to be patient and diligent. Thank you for all your efforts to fill our world with the positive beauty of art, and sharing your gift with others.
Thank you Eric for being vulnerable and sharing a piece of your heart and sharing the radiant encouragement bestowed from your father. May he be dancing in the presence of our father! Thank you for these words wake us up that “if not now, when?”. I recently bought a small place on the mediterranean coast in Spain based on that same thought as I’m nearing 50. I may never be a professional artist but as you said, we have the direction to make decisions where we spend our time and focus our energy. SO as I keep my day job in IT, your words have helped to futher fuel the fire that is reawakening in me this last week to get back to the easel. Also as this pandemic starts to subside, my idea business idea of art 2 venue is also showing a glimpse of possibility that I can get back to work on. Thanks again Eric. God Bless!
Thank you for sharing so eloquently, your emotional experience as your dad passed on, and for
sharing who he was (is). What a great dad you had!! You have so much to pass on and share!
What a gift your writing is to the world. Condolences to you and your family in the loss of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man to have known and a living example of how to touch other by example. My parents were cut from the same cloth as your Dad. We cut our teeth on encouraging each other and others. It is one of the driving forces of our family and I see it in your family too. How rich and wonderful God is to have given this legacy to both of our lives. It comes with a large measure of responsibility to share that love with the world. Thank you for such deep and meaningful sharing that you do with all of us through Sunday Coffee.
Living with an open heart doesn’t mean we don’t have challenges, losses and heartache. It just means we are willing to risk being open to others. I don’t know how to live any other way.
Your encouragement on my new journey in art is a precious gift from God, which I will treasure and grow. I read once, “Life is what God gives to us. What we become is our gift back to God”. I am taking your example here and using it to bring joy to the world, like you and your Dad have.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for sharing about your dad. I know he’s in God’s beautiful kingdom. I pray for your peace and comfort and to be surrounded by God’s love.
I’m there for you brother…always. You and your Dad have had the gift of sharing some of life’s most basic truths with many – including myself….
and I’m grateful for it.
How wonderful that you have such great memories of your father. I’m sure he was met with a big celebration! Like many others, I’m sure, I feel like I’ve sat on the porch with a friend whilst reading your Sunday thoughts. And, it’s always encouraging. Thank you! I often need those words more than you may know. Today I wrote my newsletter and mused about how 2020 gave me time to dig deep and acknowledge what is really important. Family & spending time in Gods wonderful creation were amongst my top three. I, too, write in hopes of encouraging. May we be torch bearers to a world in great need of hope!
My condolences to you and your family.
Thank you for all your encouragement, not only in the art world but for life itself.
This is where the expression “the apple never falls far from the tree” comes from and quite a wonderful inheritance!
Eric, My heartfelt condolences upon your father’s passing. You had a great model to emulate. you have made your father proud with your accomplishments. You have encouraged hoards of people so far and I urge you to continue. I read your Sunday Coffee chats and listened to your podcasts. You are an inspiration, my friend, if I may call you so.
May God bless you with peace.
Eric, you are truly blessed to have such an incredible man for your Father and it does show through in You. Sincere condolences to your family. This was a beautiful Sunday Coffee and your Dad would agree.
So sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounds like a great father and he influenced you to be a great man. And his legacy has not gone unnoticed, he is still teaching through you. Your a gifted influencer and teacher.
Condolences from the heart on the passing of your father. What a wonderful spirit he was (and is), from the stories you tell of him. It is clear that he passed that same spirit of loving and giving along to you, as well. So your Dad lives on in more ways than one. Everyone has been so eloquent in their sympathies, and I for once am at a loss for further words. So I will just wish you the comfort of Our Lord, author and keeper of all life. And may your Dad RIP with Him. Am sure that he is a brilliant star in the Heavenly.
Thank you for sharing about your father and remember that he said to “spread your wings” and that “the world needs you” The world does need you and when you spread your wings you are lifting other in flight too. Thanks for all you do.
What a beautiful tribute to your dad. He sounds like someone I would have loved to meet. It’s so special that you share the way he trusted God. That explains all of his goodness. I am sorry for your loss and know that you must truly miss him, but I am so glad that you know where he is. Maybe someday I will get to meet him. Thanks for sharing your sweet memories.
Hi Eric and Laurie, I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Your dad was such a warm and welcoming person. The last time I chatted with him he invited me to paint on his property any time. That was such a kind and welcoming gesture, I will never forget it or him. Your eulogy is such a heartfelt and beautiful tribute, well suited to a wise and generous person. From having met your Dad, from having read your post, and from knowing you, I have a better understanding of how great people are made. I am sure he was so incredibly proud of you for you have and continually do make this world a better place. May the memories and love forever shine bright. Sending hugs.
What a beautiful tribute to your father. I am so sorry for your loss. That part of life is never easy, but what he has given to you is worth more than anything else you could have received.
Eric, I leave you my heart felt condolences with the loss of your father, knowing that your acceptance is granted. Your tribute to him reminds me so much of my father and the acceptance he always gave to those he met. Though he passed many years ago, he has always been present through the lessons he taught me and the love and devotion he had for his family. I feel so blessed to have had such a father. I have great pride in him and I am certain you have such pride for yours. This Sunday coffee is one which everyone can learn from. Through our own interactions with those we meet, we can be teachers to others. You my friend, are a master at delivering such a great message. Prayers to you and your family.
Thank you for this lovely tribute. I tend to get lost in depression at times, zoning out in front of the tv. I will try to keep your inspirational thoughts in my mind and just get out there and get things done!
Your very touching tribute to your dad made me think of the lessons I learned from my father. It is parents like yours — and, gratifyingly, mine — who teach by example. There is no more valuable legacy than that, and the resolve that comes along with it: the determination to pass along that legacy to our children and loved ones.
My sincere condolences to you and your family, Eric.
Dear Eric. Wow, thanks for sharing this tribute to your dad. I didn’t know your dad, but your description of him sounds just like you. Always encouraging and seeing the good in others. And honoring the Lord Jesus in all you do. God bless you and comfort you.
What a beautiful tribute to your father! Thank you for sharing. So sorry for your loss.
I have seldom ever read a greater tribute to a loving father than the one you wrote about your Dad and the kind of man he was to all of you. That had to be an immeasurable blessing growing up with that kind of love and wisdom. He molded you well and you too are a terrific encourager. May you stay strong in those many good memories and pass on that love he so freely gave.
God bless you and comfort you knowing he is with our savior and I’m sure God has already put him to work..
Eric, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father. From your comments here and in other posts, I know that yours and your father’s faith in God has been, and continues to be, a great comfort and source of strength. How wonderful to know that we can look forward to seeing our parents again in the next life! I am sitting here teary-eyed after reading your words today, and want to thank you for sharing such intimate and personal thoughts with the world. You truly do make the world a better place, and I am going to adopt your father’s prayer of asking God to change my plans according to His plans for me…what a wonderful man he must have been and a tremendous legacy he has left for you and your family. As I pursue my art career more diligently after retiring from a busy law career, I look forward to attending one of your wonderful plein air events and meeting you in person some day. Again, my heartfelt condolences. God bless you and your family at this difficult time.
Eric, thank you for the heartwarming words from deep from your heart. – I had to say goodbye to my parents; my dad (88) six years ago and my mum (93), a year and a half ago. I think that nobody is ever ready to be an orphan -although I am already 65 years old. – I want to thank you for your strong believe in God and what it means to me. – May you keep all your wonderful memories of your dad; nobody can take that away from you. – May God keep you – and all of us – on the road that He planned for us. – I pray for comfort for you and your family. Take care of yourself and live God’s dream for you. Dalene J v Rensburg – South Africa.
Your family is in my thoughts. I am greatful for the lessons passed on to you and from you to us. 💔
Your Sunday Coffee blesses me every week. Today I shared it with my son.
Sorry for the loss of your father, he sounds like he was one of the great ones.
Much Love from our family to your Erc.
See you on Watercolor Live.
I have often sat with you on the porch and this quiet girl would like to reach back out to you to let you know I hear the wise words of your father through you and thank both of you for your illumination in our lives.
What a beautiful tribute, may God Bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing this very personal part of your life, your wisdom and the inspiration you have given to so many.
My words can not express the sadness of saying goodbye to a parent. This story brings back great memories of my dad; John 3:16 was my dad’s favorite verse to share.
Thank you for sharing your memories and encouraging words.
God bless you and your family.
Your father sounds like a wonderful man and father. Thank you for sharing these beautiful thoughts about him, and I pray your words and his life fill you with comfort and thanks for the person he was to you. Yes, John 3:16 – The Way, the Truth and the Life of Jesus Christ was at the heart of his soul. May he rest with great joy and may you and your family live in joy as well.
Dear Eric, It will take you a LONG time to read all that those who care about you will write you. But I trust you will take the time to do it because this is as important as what you shared with us about your dad.
As you know, such a huge loss is one that will take a great deal to process, which is what I found when I lost my parents. But many are here for you and yet we all know it is a private path to travel.
Sending you all the comfort and support I can.
Keep talking to him and be on watch for his communication back to you. It will not be like the crudeness of this physical universe, but a sensitive delicate spiritual wavelength.
Dear Eric, What a beautiful tribute to your father. He really sounds like a very special man. God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow but I am sure you know he is in Heaven and his memories will always be with you.
Thank you, Eric, for sharing your inspiration at a sad, yet beautiful time. God, our Heavenly Father sends us here. We learn and grow. We do our best. He calls us back to some day rise again, to be with those we love once again. It has been said, “Whatsoever intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.” D&C 139:18. What a beautiful plan!
Good morning Eric…I enjoyed reading this article this morning. This last year has been horrible for many, but it seems that I have seen a lot of people I know who have lost their parents in this last 2 years and especially in the last few months. I lost mine many years ago and was blessed that at the time they were living close.
I myself have lost 2 husbands, the last was this last year. I will say that I have been blessed that both supported and encouraged me as an artist. It is doublely hard to lose your muse Art is a great healer and it has worked for me in the past. I continue to heal, but never forget those who have been the foundation of my faith and strength. I continue to survive and I know that writing this was a step in your healing as well.
Like all wounds, we take away the scars left behind as a reminder of the injury and move forward.
My blessings go with you.
You are truly a blessing. Your creativity always shines through in your art and your writing.
What a legacy he left! God’s blessing and peace for your family.
I’m sorry for your loss. From what you have told us about your dad, you have a boat load of wonderful memories to keep you connected to him until you can be reunited.
My most sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your beloved Father. Thank you for sharing this very personal part of your life and to know that he left such a wonderful legacy.
Such a beautifully written tribute to your father. My god, he sounds like a lovely man to have known and you are so right to have had the parental
Upbringing that you had. I am one who appreciates all of the tireless work that you do. Not all of us can do that! But I absolutely loved plein air live 2021 and signed up right away for next year. I also enjoy so much of the sharing of artists work and workshop information that comes out of your hard work. It is really heartwarming that someone like you can pull all of this off and yet still remain grounded. Bravo to you and your father.
Best wishes and condolences to you and your family
Reading about your relationship with your father shows your family’s roots are those along a well watered stream.
I know you will draw deep into these memories you have shared.
Thank you for sharing and I am sending you warm regards and love.
My sincere condolences on the loss of your very wise father. He’s now passed the torch to his talented son, and I’m sure you’ll make him proud. What a beautiful tribute, written so eloquently. May God Bless you and your family as you go through this challenging time … peace be w/ you +
My condolences on the loss of your Father
Eric My deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. .
That is a beautiful commentary on your father and a total blessing to read. I’m so happy your father knows Jesus. There is no life on earth better that a life lived with Him. Thank you for your article.
Nancy and I send our condolences and blessings to you and your family. Your Dad had his priorities right – and he is now walking alongside Jesus with a smile from ear to ear.
Your dad is right…
“Spread your wings. You have a gift to help others. This isn’t just about art; you can help the world. Think big, not small. Expand your reach. The world needs you.”
deeply moving…thank-you so much for sharing
A beautiful tribute to your dad, my condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing all that you do.
Deepest sympathy to you Eric and your family on the loss of your father.
He has been inspiring to you and you in turn have inspired us who read your column every week.
All well said, Eric. Blessings to you and your family.
Its been 13 months since I lost my husband and the void has been painfull., covid came and I couldnt hug anyone…. it was so lonesome … hard to look at my brushes .. but soon I found an empty card stock and painted each and every day with gouache .. (after being with Mike Hernandez.). And it has been my life-raft..I painted for my church shut-ins My plein Air group is back painting tulips and the new spring…. I am blessed ..sorry for your loss and you are also blessed with good memories and loving family…. love and hugs
. God bless you and your family Eric! Your Dad will always be there smiling back at you! Your heart is a grateful one ! Your Sunday morning coffee is a blessing .
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Of course you’ll miss him, but I think that there must be some comfort for you knowing that he’s proud of how his son turned out and faces the trying challenges of Life. Your weekly comments about Life demonstrate that. A father can’t ask for much more than that from his son…. or daughter.
I just want to let you and your loved ones know that there is someone here from afar who feels like he is there with you
to say prayers for your Dad and share solemn moments at a time like this. There is a multitude out there all over the world
who feel the same way as I do. The benefits we are enjoying now as artists and aspiring artists through your tireless work
to reach and help us are your father’s legacies. I thank him and wish him blessed journey.
With thoughts and prayers,
My condolences on the loss of your Father. I am very happy for you that you appreciated him and learned from him. May he Rest In heavenly peace.
I look forward to your post every Sunday. The wisdom that you share is universal. It always strikes my heart. Please continue what you are doing. You are a gift to the world and your father was right. Love, compassion, and encouragement to be who we are in this world.
What a wonderful legacy your dad has left you and your family, Your writings are so inspiring ! My God comfort you as you grieve the loss of your dad.
So sorry for your loss of your wonderful father.
He must have been very special and now you are carrying his legacy; to love everyone and not be judgmental.
We should all be more like your father and today after reading your column, I’m changing my ways to be more helpful to others.
Thank you for your wisdom and for sharing the beautiful of your father.
Your father was the sort of wise soul that the world always needs more of, and now he’s gone.
My condolences on your loss.
Thank you for reminding us of the bigger picture. My dad is also in his 94th year and I know it will be difficult to say goodbye. You’ve helped, in no small way, with your offerings. May you be comforted with the memories of your father. Now, who can I encourage today?
Eric, what a wonderful man your father was. He has given you the same inspiration for all the wonderful things you do for people. It is a great legacy that you are carrying on his love of people. Thank you for all you do and the inspiration you have given so many.
I watched your video of you driving around in Florida and I wondered what you were doing there. So I know now and it saddens my heart for your loss, but gladdens it at your Dad’s gain. Thank you for sharing your deepest feelings with all of us who wish you well.
Your father’s wisdom was a light for everyone. Your eulogy was beautiful. Thank you for sharing. He reminded me of my Father whom I miss daily despite his having passed in 1995. That’s the sign of a truly impactful life and I am blessed to have had him in my life.
Hello, I will try to be less judgmental, and critical of my fellow human beings. Your fathers death has changed my thinking. I will change a black square to white
My sympathies for your deep loss. Thank you for sharing these very personal feelings. Makes me think of my legacy.
Your dad and mine might be brothers, it sounds like you are writing about my dad, he’s been gone for 15 years, but I still love him and remember him, and my mom in my prayers. He never raised his voice, never had a bad word to say about anyone. Filled in our minister was out sick.
Eric, thank you for reminders which encourage me to try to improve my contributions to my family’s lives and to the lives of others. Your thoughts, your words, your work make a difference.
So sorry for your loss Eric. What wonderful memories you have of your father and the way he encouraged you in life. I always read your Sunday coffee to my husband while we contemplate how we will spend our day. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place. ps I hope you did get out of your camper and paint that field.
Thank you, such a wonderful reminder. What a fantastic legacy. God’s blessings on you and your family as you say a temporary goodbye to your father.
What a beautiful tribute to your father. I wish you peace and comfort as you travel through life with his memories.
Thank you so much for “Sunday Coffee” in general, and this post in specific! I love your message. Your dad was a special person, and I know he must be very proud of you. I know he’s smiling down on you and giving you a great big heavenly hug! I absolutely loved your dad’s prayer, “Change our plans according to your plans for us.” Such a short little statement, but with life-changing implications.
“Sunday Coffee” is something I look forward to every Sunday. God bless you for this gift!
I am sorry for your loss. Sounds like you had a great dad. Your tribute to him is lovely- quite touching. I send you and your family good thoughts during this time of transition.
Eric, it is heart warming to see the love in your family to each other and to God. Your dad is in a better place for sure. Your words through Sunday Coffee shows his impact upon on your life, I am sure he has a great big smile on his face; mission accomplished! Warm wishes during this time of grief over his passing but the memories will carry you on. Each day you can awake to a new memory from so much he has given you. God Bless. P.S. Keep up the great work through your writings, your words so many times are food for the soul.
Your tribute to your father was, as always, beautifully written with heart and finesse. How lucky you were to have him as a mentor, guide and parent. You have fulfilled his gift to you by being open and honest and the cheerleader you are for all of us. I just described you to a recently widowed friend to whom I sent your essay as the Barnum and Bailey, the influencer of plein air painting. May he rest in peace knowing that he was beloved by so many.
hugs to you and Laurie and your kids,
So sorry for the lost of your father. But I guess you really haven’t lost him as he lives in you everyday and is a reflection of the words you shared here. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for sharing. What encouragement! Appreciate you.
My sincere condolences for he passing of your father. Sounds like you were one of the lucky souls in life with your father.
I am so sorry for your loss but rejoicing to because your Father has gone to heaven. I’m not a writer but you sure are. I love reading your words. I always feel like I’m right there with you as you describe something Your Father will always be with you. In everything you see and do and every once in a while he’ll let you know with some kind of gift. Be it a bird at the window or an unexpected something showing up just when needed. We love what you’ve done for artists and people. Keep it up. God bless.
You bring back the joy I received from my parents who both died in January 2007. I loved Plein Air Live two. I had some great Ah Ha’s. Know that there are many of us who are including you and your family in our prayers.
Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and encouragement. What a wonderful legacy your father has left, which, through you, will pass on to generations to come.
I greatly appreciate your sharing your faith, which is the very foundation of who you are.
God has given you a great gift with words, and love of people! Thank you for sharing that which you have been given.
Brenda I believe you are my friend from the past! Kip and I would love to hear from you! We now live in Newport News, Virginia. My email is [email protected] and Kip’s is [email protected]
Good morning Eric, as I sit here in my family home that I moved to 6 months ago to take care of my 95 year old father, who has gone blind, after leading a very active full life, I realize he is doing more for me than I for him!
I was living, but not in my heart. I became a widow 8 years ago quite suddenly after 40 married years. Yes, I was painting and going through the motions of what I thought my retirement should be but holding my heart in check.
Being with my Dad, getting to know him again as a senior adult has opened my heart again. I marvel daily how fortunate I am to be able to spend this time with him.
I am sorry for your loss, but know by how kindly you speck about your Dad only his physical self will be missing from your life. Thank you for all you do.
Thank you Eric for sharing your heart and encouraging all of us even as you grieve the loss of your Dad. You learned his lessons well and I am grateful that you share them so eloquently.
Please accept my condolences. Your post today is tear wrenching. In a wholly original way, it brings to my mind John Donne’s line, “Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” The line before that one goes, “Each man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind.” Your point, I think, is crystal clear. Time is short. Get involved.
Thank you. Stay strong.
What a wonderful column! Yes, encouragement is a wonderful thing to pass along!! I, too, try to pass it along on my blog daily. I can only hope that it touches those who read mine. You have been a help to me in every column that I’ve read and I thank you. Keep spilling the Light!!