I’m Like The Six Million Dollar Man

by Sherry Riter in Dad,Rockin' Friend,Woo Us To Your Blog

While I have been recategorizing all the posts on my blog in the pre-move to WordPress, I’ve had the pleasure and the pain of rereading many of my posts. I didn’t really realize how much I had written and I’ve covered a multitude of thoughts, memories and experiences..

Now it is Autumn.

When the leaves turn bright colors and begin to fall on the ground, I have a vivid memory of my dad’s short fight with cancer and the emptiness I feel now that he is gone. My parents divorced when I was nine years old and I ended a sixteen year marriage with Alyssa’s dad during this time of year.

Those experiences bring about terrible memories.

Painful memories.

However, the pain heightened an awareness in my soul that shaped and molded my personality in a way that nothing else could have done.

I actually moved on from those moments in my life as a different person. Looking back, I realize that all three of those experiences were greatly influenced by Dad’s choices which ultimately affected me in one way or another.

Long before Dad died, we had not only made our peace and all issues were confronted, but we developed a father-daughter relationship. I was glad that I was available with an open heart for my Dad when he was ready to have me in his life again. After so many years of yearning for a relationship with him, I was finally able to enjoy one. We talked to each other at least twenty minutes to an hour every day. Actually, I listened way more than I talked, but it is a hard gap of time to fill without him.

I miss listening to Dad’s voice every day.

I quite simply just miss Dad.

I miss the little things: the smell of his Old Spice, his white fuzzy socks, his laugh and the way he made me laugh every day with a joke or by recounting his silly antics. I miss hearing him say he loved me.

As time has passed, many aspects of my life have changed. I’m a different person today than I was two years ago because of the experiences I’ve encountered. Actually, I’m dramatically different in many ways and I’ve learned a very important lesson.

“Life is change.”

The goal of surviving through pain and/or trauma is to become a better person with more understanding after living through the changes.

I have progressed and no longer look down when I walk with hopes that the earth will swallow me up. Even if there is a bump in life, I can still see possibilities for happiness.

I have hope.

I’m like the “Six Million Dollar Man” from that television show so long ago….”I’m better than I was before – better, stronger, faster.”

Okay, maybe I’m not faster or stronger physically, but emotionally and mentally I am much faster and stronger. No matter how you look at it, I am better.

I know I am better.

I have survived and now I am flourishing.

I may still sometimes hang my head from the weight of problems that rest on my shoulders, but I know that everything will work out and I’m going to be fine. The possibilities for a life filled with happiness are limitless and that’s why when I look down, I’m still looking up.

Rockin' Friends Spotlight of the Week

Now, the time we have all been waiting for…(drum roll) This is the weekly post where I spotlight my Rockin’ Friends who are the Top Nine active participants and loyal followers in my community which has THE BEST people in the world! If you want to be mentioned here next week, then all it takes is to come in and start chatting with everyone in my community.

Below are a few discussions going on in my community :

Top 9 Rockin Friends

With a big, heartfelt thank you for their participation and friendship, here are the Rockin’ Friends this week in order of most participation.

I’m so glad that I’ve been able to become friends with these wonderful people who are so active in my community. I encourage you to add their blogs to your blogroll, but also come over and chat with us in my community.

For everyone mentioned in the top nine this week, feel free to grab the Rockin’ Friend badge below and thank you for your participation!!

Rockin' Friend

Until next week…Kiss your family, hug your friends and don’t forget to be the friend you would like to have around.

Woo Us To Your Blog

As always, attached is the weekly Linky to enter either the main URL to your site or add each post you publish throughout the week. You don’t have to do anything special, just drop your link in and get a little extra exposure to your site.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 TJ November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

Beautiful post Sherry, I am so happy for the memories you have of dad. He was delightful in so many ways. I loved his laugh too. Mom loves you


2 Dave Keller November 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Red, I can relate to your story of your father. My mom died from cancer in 1993 at the age of 63. I was very close to her. We had a special connection between us, and she knew me like the back of her hand. To this day I still have that special connection in a spiritual way. She lives with the Lord now and Heaven, and one day I will see her again.

You are so right in saying that "Life is Change." I too have grown emotionally and spiritually the years following her death. It is through change that we grow. The Lord teaches us and guides us through our life experiences whether they are good or bad experiences.



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