My mom died just over two years ago.
My dad has not been a part of our daily life in the last nine months.
My life and the daily rhythm of my brood of boys has changed drastically over the last two years. The two people that played such a significant part in their lives, are now gone.
Gone without understanding or knowing.
Disappeared from our presence but not from our thoughts or our hearts.
We cannot pretend to understand another’s grief.
We can only sit with them in acceptance for wherever they are.
We cannot judge.
We can only be.
Last Thursday, after much personal work with a beautiful counsellor, we decided to leave Papa’s slippers outside the door.
A symbol of welcoming.
In hopes that he will soon return.
To our daily life.
With his arms always loaded with fun things to do and great gifts to eat.
With his joyful laughter and silly stories.
Our door is always open to you Papa!
We don’t understand.
But we love!
With open hearts.
Your slippers are waiting Papa!