Ten Years Already?

Jot D. Carpenter
March 19, 1938 ~ February 17, 2000

(L to R) Riley, Sean, Jot (a.k.a. Dad or Pop), David and Kevin Carpenter
If your Dad is still alive, please call him and tell him you love him. If he’s not, please think of him today and every day.

If your Mom is still alive, please call her and tell her you love her. If she’s not, please think of her today and every day.
Brothers? Sisters? Children or Grandchildren? See above
Aunts? Uncles? Nieces and Nephews? Cousins and Friends? See above
Until next time…Build Relationships…Solve Problems…Have Fun
9 Responses to Ten Years Already?
  1. Anonymous
    February 17, 2010 | 1:35 pm

    I lost my mother over 20 years ago and do think of her most days …. she was the most beautiful lady inside and out and full of grace. Every day I strive to be half the woman she was. You've peaked my interest in your father. What do you cherish most that he left you with? Lisa Stewart

  2. Sean M. Carpenter
    February 17, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    Lisa – I am sure your Mom was a wonderful person. My guess is you inherited many of her traits. I am sure she's proud of you.

    As for my Dad's impact on me, that's a great question. Among the things that come to mind – joy of travel, appreciating nature's beauty, encouraging and challenging those around me and always striving to learn more every day.

  3. Kristin Campbell-Miller
    February 17, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    Dad left this earth on 10/01/07. I think of him often…. laugh with him from time to time, and still cry like the day he left. How, after this long, does it seem like yesterday?

    He taught me a lot. About laughing – about watching the sun rise and set – enjoying the moments. And I'll never forget the way his voice sounded when he called me 'darlin.'

    Chin up, Sean. Our dads would be proud.

  4. Anonymous
    February 17, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    The way you honor your father is such a tremendous legacy for your own children. Evidently you have inherited his excellence and are passing it on- well done.

  5. Anonymous
    February 17, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    One never forgets those that they have loved and now cherish the wonderful memories, teachings and funny stories that they've left us with, and I just pray that I can be a fraction of the people they were. I lost my Mom in Jan of '93 and now my Dad 2 years ago this June. The ache never leaves, nor does the deep love diminish. But I trust in the Lord that we will all be reunited when He sees fit 🙂 Sean, You're Dad was surely so very proud of you!
    Jeanie Scott

  6. Jill Rudler
    February 17, 2010 | 9:13 pm

    I lost my dad on November 13, 2002 and think of him every day! I agree that we don't tell them when they are here, just how much we've learned from them, how much they mean to us, and how much we love them. But our memories will have to keep our hearts open to the love we share with others on a daily basis. That is one great lesson that I learned from my dad!

  7. Sean M. Carpenter
    February 17, 2010 | 9:20 pm

    Thanks to all who have read the post and left comments. It means a lot to me to know that others share in the grief and continual healing process. Isn't the human memory a wonderful thing, allowing us to remember the joy and love instead of the pain and suffering? I hope you all find sunshine among the clouds – today and always.

  8. Cultural Offering
    February 21, 2010 | 5:22 pm

    Sean – I am sorry for your loss. A few weeks after I lost my father, a 70-year-old man approached me with condolences. He told me that I would think about my father every day. He explained that he lost his own father many years ago and STILL thought about him every single day. He was visibly upset as he told me all this and then he added that he tried to honor his father's memory every day in all of his actions. That was eight years ago and he has been proven out on every thing he said. It was a great piece of advice as well. Take care.

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