Everyone has that special trinket, family heirloom or inherited item that dates way back when which gives you a sense of nostalgia. A happy time that makes you yearn for those moments again where just one look at it brings a wealth of memories to mind. It doesn’t matter how much it is worth in rands and cents, the sentimental value is beyond compare.
I never had the opportunity to meet my father-in-law as he passed away many years ago. His death wasn’t followed by a long illness but was rather sudden , especially since he had just turned 40 the day before. 😦 I still feel this sadness in my heart when we talk about him because I never got that chance to meet him.
The thing is, even though it has been almost two decades since he’s gone, I still hear stories about him. His amazing generosity and kindness that was shown to everyone and his character and reputation were of the highest standard. He had so many friends that you couldn’t even count them – they still recognise my husband to this day and greet him with immense respect.
The one account (there are so many) where my father-in-law showed courage is of a time when he risked his life to save his friend – he literally put himself in harms way and was even shot in the process! However, he lived to tell that tale and all of us know it now. People remember him fondly , the way he lived his life and the values he imparted to his children are signs of a man that will never be forgotten.
Is it possible to miss someone you haven’t even met?
So when my mother-in-law asked me if I wanted his mint-condition, aviator, 1980’s gold Ray-Ban’s – there was only one answer.
It is my link across time and space to a humble , caring, loving, brave man who passed away before I had the chance to hug him and who I would have been proud to call DAD.
Bag: Forever New