Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Dogs in Heaven Have a New Best Friend

One week ago today, we, unexpectedly lost our beloved dad and Papa. Because of the shock, I have not been in a place to share. Because of my heartbreak, I could not face his funeral, but yesterday, in his honor, Martin, Lucas, Dominic and I went to the Santa Cruz pier. We did what Papa would have done, eat a nice lunch, watch the sea lions and the sailboats and visited the lighthouse, while watching the surfers. It was peaceful and I felt close to my dad. He was buried next to my mom in Marion, Illinois.
"To my dad...You will forever and always be my dad. Not my step-dad. My dad. Thank you for being one of the best things that ever happened to me. Thank you for all the love and support and laughter. Thank you for instilling in me a love of a good conversation, a stellar work ethic, the joy of reading the newspaper, the comfort of a fire in the fireplace and, of course, the love of baseball.
All you ever wanted was to be in your home, cooking and fussing over your family and your dogs. You were such a night owl and, in that, you brought Jessica and I so much comfort, as we felt so safe when we went to bed at night, because we knew you will still up, either watching baseball, some old western movie or, on many occasions, David Letterman.
You were the best dad of girls, as you had so much respect for us, with only a little eye rolling when we obsessed over hair or when you arrived home from work to find one of my boyfriends break dancing in the driveway, dressed like a ninja. I will always remember your patience when I did things like bring you the lyrics from a Duran Duran album, so you could decipher the meaning of the words for me.
We have missed you so much these past 10 plus years, with us living so far away. But, I do want to say that it has brought me so much comfort knowing that this past 10 years, I feel you have lived your best life, with a beautiful home and a beautiful family and some crazy dogs, all while in the home town you loved so much.
Sharon and the girls gave you such a beautiful, stable life and I only wish you got to enjoy it longer.
No words can possibly describe how much we will miss you every single day for the rest of our lives. We love you more than the stars in the sky. The world is a much darker place without you in it. I’m not sure how or why this can possibly be fair, but I just hope that God has big plans for you. I hope right now you’re sitting around with your mom and dad, catching up, while being surrounded by all the dogs you’ve loved and lost.
During your service, Martin, Dominic, Lucas and I will be at the Santa Cruz Pier, in celebration of you. That is our little way to feel close to you in a place that you loved.
Rest easy, our beloved Papa.
The dogs in heaven have a new best friend.
Kimberly, Martin, Dominic and Lucas"

Daniel Randolph Jenkins
July 6, 1950 - April 8, 2018
The best dad a girl could ever have. 

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