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November 1st, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

With the help of my daughter-in-law, I’ve made a playlist of Nate’s favorite songs.  I sit here wearing his jacket, listening to the music that made him happiest and I feel like he’s sitting right here with me.   But something in the songs he loved has granted me a little insight to the person he was inside, somewhere beyond “daddy” and “husband” and “son.”   “His songs” are optimistic, upbeat, happy and joyous.  Country life with simple pleasures, the love of someone he trusted, little faces looking up to him.  Being outdoors. Karaoke.  Playing pool.  Just being loved.   My little boy had grown up into a man I didn’t know well enough due to the many miles between us.  Even weekly phone calls can only bridge just so much.  I’ve learned so much about Nate from his passing.  How much his friends loved him, how generous he was with his time, helping people, how everyone loved his smile.   He will always be irreplaceable to me, although everyone’s lives go on.  I hope I can keep enough of Nate’s spirit alive for his little boys so they remember, and are proud of, their dad.  <3

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