A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Requiem im Pace, Dad

My father passed away yesterday. Thanks to a sweet and loving husband, a wonderful group of coworkers who have written lesson plans, a very supportive principal, and my district's leave policy, I was able to be with him the last few days. Things are tough right now, but there is no more suffering for my dad.

I may be quiet for a few days, I don't know.

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22 Comments:

At 2/1/06, 6:49 PM, Blogger dan said...

Take care.

 
At 2/1/06, 8:22 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

My heart goes out to you. My father passed away unexpectedly many years ago....no one got a chance to say goodbye. You were one of the lucky ones, you got to be there and say 'goodbye'.

Your father lives on in you. You are an example to the world of the good your father helped create. Regardless of how he was when you were younger, you are now a shining reflection of good. Smile and enjoy the next sunrise.

 
At 2/1/06, 8:54 PM, Blogger educat said...

Grace and Peace to you. Really. I thought over what to say and I wish you an extra measure of both.

Was pleased to see all your comments yesterday and knowing what you were dealing with then make them more meaningful.

 
At 2/2/06, 12:34 AM, Blogger EdWonk said...

We will remember you in our thoughts and prayers.

We'll be here when come back.

 
At 2/2/06, 7:06 AM, Blogger Fred said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

 
At 2/2/06, 7:22 AM, Blogger graycie said...

A strange place to find comfort: Steven King wrote in one of his novels about a good man named Tom who was mentally disabled. He comes to another character in a dream and speaks with wisdom and eloquence. The other character (while in the dream) asks him how this can be. Tom replies that he is not his everyday earthly self. "I'm God's Tom now."

Long after my father, Pete, died, I began to try to think of him as now being "God's Pete," without the flaws that hurt us all so much as we were growing up. It has allowed me to look for and to see the good things in him.

Your father is his best self now, and as Polski said, your father did create good in the world, and you are carrying it on.

My thoughts are with you, Ms. Cornelius.

 
At 2/2/06, 10:36 AM, Anonymous John said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts, and those of many other regular readers, I'm sure, are with you during this difficult time.

Take care of yourself, and come back to the blogosphere when you're ready. I look forward to the return of your wit and wisdom.

 
At 2/2/06, 11:13 AM, Anonymous Muriel said...

The death of a father is a loss that leaves us with nothing but empty words.

Take care of yourself. Keep in your heart all that was good in your father. Then pass it on.

Peace.

 
At 2/2/06, 1:38 PM, Anonymous k said...

Bless you and your Dad.

 
At 2/2/06, 6:16 PM, Blogger NYC Educator said...

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.

 
At 2/2/06, 6:22 PM, Anonymous Jess said...

My thoughts are with you. Take care of yourself.

We'll be here when you get back. Best wishes to you and your family.

 
At 2/2/06, 6:34 PM, Blogger elementaryhistoryteacher said...

I'm sorry for your loss. What a wonderful group of coworkers you have to pitch in and help you. That is one thing I didn't always have when I worked in the "real" world.

 
At 2/2/06, 9:44 PM, Blogger Janet said...

I've been here before but I haven't been here often. That being said, I don't believe I have the right words to say.

I am sorry for your loss and I am impressed you think enough of your readers to blog to them about what's going on without just disappearing. Far too many bloggers disappear for MUCH smaller issues.

 
At 2/3/06, 6:55 PM, Blogger Mike in Texas said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I understand the pain you feel as I lost my mother last year and a nephew in December to an undiagnosed heart problem. All I can say is don't be afraid to experience and express the emotions you feel.

 
At 2/3/06, 9:22 PM, Blogger Thespis said...

Deepest sympathy and prayers from all the folks at Thespis Journal.

Don't be quiet too long, you have a lot to say.

Our best to you and your family. May God Bless you.

Thespis

 
At 2/3/06, 9:28 PM, Blogger GuusjeM said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. A school family can be amazing and so supportive.

 
At 2/3/06, 10:54 PM, Blogger Carol said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I lost my father unexpectedly many years ago. I still feel the loss. It does get better, though. I'm glad you were able to be with him the last few days of his life.

 
At 2/4/06, 10:04 AM, Blogger James said...

Ms. C - I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope you find peace with it soon, as I'm sure your father would hope for.

You're in my thoughts, I wish you and yours the best in this trying time.

James

 
At 2/6/06, 4:07 PM, Blogger shari L said...

Sending lots of good thoughts to you and your family. Loss is such a tough thing to deal with.

 
At 2/6/06, 8:20 PM, Blogger Janet said...

Thanks for your suppor today. Hope you're doing "well".

 
At 2/6/06, 10:57 PM, Blogger DeAnn said...

I am delurking to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I cannot even imagine what you're going through.

I'm so thankful for you getting to be there with him, and I pray that your family will find comfort and peace in this time of such great loss.

 
At 2/7/06, 7:15 AM, Blogger Jenny D. said...

Oh, I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. Be good to yourself while you mourn. It is hard work.

 

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