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  • Fears (Score:3, Insightful)

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad's situation. I understand the whole thing about "How would I do X if so-and-so wasn't here?" My approach has always been to make sure that all those things that I might regret are handled before it gets to be an issue, as much as that's possible. I went through the mental exercise of my dad's mortality a decade or so ago, and I made sure in my head that if he died tomorrow, that I would have no regrets, no "I wish I'd said...."


    • A few years back I realized that I could lose anyone in my life and be okay ... except one. That was Dad. I've had to take that exercise in two weeks.

      As for regrets, I know we don't have any, at least not the kind based on actions we've taken. Dad and I have had our arguments, but they weren't anything beyond what any two people who live together and interact go through. We're on good terms, we love each other dearly, and both of us know it. The family's taken our vacations and seen our sights, worked together so his values would be imparted to our generation, shared good times and bad, and if my dad died this afternoon nobody could say he didn't lead a full life in his 56 years or that any of us left anything unsaid.

      But I'm just awed at all the things I still want to ask him about. Car and home repairs. Investment advice. Religious questions. Women questions. Parenting questions. I firmly believe my father to be one of the best parents alive. I'm biased, but I have done some comparison. ;) He just knows so much about human nature and about how people need to be treated. I hope I've absorbed a fraction of what he knows, and I pray to God he'll still be around to advise me when I have my own children to raise.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers