The Adventures of Trish of all Trades

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This is my incredible nephew who can fall asleep anywhere. I will be
channeling him this evening. Amazing (started at 4AM flew in to Boston,
ran to work to drop off bags, went to the UMass SM confernce, back to
work,  Foley Hoag for Andrea Coville, then back to work, then GEM for a
Future Boston / Startup Institute event/ then back to work to get my bags)
but long day.

This is my incredible nephew who can fall asleep anywhere. I will be
channeling him this evening. Amazing (started at 4AM flew in to Boston,
ran to work to drop off bags, went to the UMass SM confernce, back to
work, Foley Hoag for Andrea Coville, then back to work, then GEM for a
Future Boston / Startup Institute event/ then back to work to get my bags)
but long day.

#8

Today is dad’s anniversary. Remembering him today, even more than usual, because his hammy self would have appreciated it. And well, because every year on this day I wake up feeling like he’s gone. 

You know, I couldn’t find a lot of pictures of us together. And next to none of me with him when I was in high school and college. Those were some rough years for us. I went from being daddy’s girl to arguing with him a bunch. Although, I distinctly remember calling him a lot while I was in college. Sometimes I just wanted to hear his voice when I was upset or making a big decision. 

I still close my eyes in the midst of a big decision to see if I can hear his voice. I can’t. I mean, it’d be creepy if I could, right? I have come to realize, though, that he’s speaking to me through my actions. My gut feelings. He doesn’t have to be around for me to live the way he taught me to… with reverence, kindness, and joy. 

So, while May 12th has always been a little bit of a heartbreaking day for me, I am filing today under #100happydays. Because being sad today would go against his wishes (did I ever tell you he wanted me to wear a bright multi-colored dress to his funeral?). I’m so very happy to have had him around, for as long as I did, to teach me everything I needed to know about life. Some of that knowledge, I’m still unlocking today. He always said people will know he was good, because his children are good. I’m honoring him by working at Vsnap, a company I love. I’m honoring him by serving others through volunteer work. And well, I TOTALLY honored him by sampling everything at the buffet yesterday for Mother’s Day. 

So do me and my pops a favor. Give your dad (or fatherly figure) a hug or a call or even a text if you can today. We should always be doing that kind of thing, but ya know, sometimes we all need reminders to say thank you to the people that have shaped our lives.