Today is Day 7 of my 30 day blogging challenge! Ironically today's topic is to "write about something that you miss", last year on this date I lost my Papa. For those of ya'll who don't know me, my Papa was my grandfather, my best friend, my partner in crime, and my biggest fan. I miss him everyday, but days like these are especially hard. Now for those of ya'll who do know me, you know ALL about my Papa... He was a 6'2", smiling, laughing, always wearing a black cowboy hat, and always dancing man. He had an infectious laugh, a soul that shined even in the darkest times, and a hug that could instantly cure any problem in the world.
There are so many wonderful memories with my Papa, but one of my very favorites is my Nashville memories. I went to Nashville for the first time with my Momma, my Papa, and my red guitar (Dolly). We didn't know where we are going, what we were doing, but we were doing it! I remember walking into 'Tootsies" on the Nashville strip completely star struck by the photos on the wall, a wonderful band was playing, people were dancing and I felt like I was in a dream. My mom and I lost my Papa for what felt like 10 seconds, we turn around and see my Papa talking to the lead singer of the band. I walked over to him and then I was asked to come up on stage. My Papa paid $50.00 so I could sing one song, one song. He did that at every single bar that I could get into.
If there is a story that could describe him best, that would be it. He was selfless, fearless and willing to do what ever it took in order for me to happy and follow my dreams. My Papa made me feel like I could do absolutely anything.
Losing my Papa was the biggest loss I have ever been faced with, and I will forever have a void in my heart. He taught me how to love, how to live, how to treat people and how to be loyal. Loyalty was always a big lesson my Papa tried to teach, everyone who my Papa loved, he was completely loyal too. Family wasn't just blood, family was those who love, support and trust you. I miss my Papa daily, every moment, every song, and forever.
I will forever look into a crowd and look for the man in the black cowboy hat, singing, dancing, and buying everyone drinks. But I know he is still with me "God keep's them in your heart, but he lets them fly"
I love you Papa!!