Setting Sail

After my parents divorced, my father bought a sailboat and set sail out into the Atlantic. This was quite a shock to me as he never sailed before, nor had I ever heard him speak of his interest in sailing.

He bought a beautiful sailboat called Dire Strait and lived out on the Atlanta for quite sometime. He sailed the coast of Florida and up the Atlantic coast. He even sailed to Cuba. He turned 50 out on the seas by himself. My dad is brave. Maybe that’s where my children get their strength. You know…maybe it’s one of those things that skips a generation. Dad was even on the cusp of “The Perfect Storm”.

I can only imagine the peace and solitude of living on the sea. The sunrises and sunsets would complete the days. I’d be in Heaven. Storms would add exciting adventure. I imagine that watching from a distance would be both humbling and exhilarating.

Dad is preparing to set sail once again. And this time it is unbelievably hard to let him go.

I’m on the plane and nearing Tampa. Soon I will see my sister and we will do this week all over again. Only this time is our last time.

I’ve tried my hardest to hold back the tears on this flight. There will be opportunity later in the privacy of our room. My brother cancelled late yesterday afternoon. He is at peace with the last moments he had with Dad. I hope to find that same peace tonight.

Dad is preparing for his journey. He just needs to say goodbye one last time.

My heart is breaking. 💔


7 thoughts on “Setting Sail

  1. Oh Andi, I’m so very sorry! I was terrified when my Dadwas preparing himself for his eternal journey, My Mom and sisters could not bear to be in the room with him, so as, the oldest and a son, I pretended to be brave and convinced myself to be with him when he began that journey. I watched as his monitors slowly started decreasing, heart rate , oxygen, blood pressure all of them just started descending. As I was standing watching the falling monitors, my intense fear suddenly started transitioning to an aura of peace, and calm and tranquility, and I felt very presence someone else in the room. When the monitors reached zero and straight lines, there was a very subtle cool whisp of air that brushed across me as I could feel that presence and my dad’s soul rising out of the room together. It was at that moment that I could no longer question the presence of God! It was the most sacred and beautiful moment I’ve ever experienced. I held my Dad’s hand as he left this world and entered his heavenly world. While it was very dificult to let him go, I knew in my heart and through the feelings I experienced, that he was traveling to a far better place, and that gave me complete peace and comfort!!! I hope sharing this with you brings you the peace and serenity it brought to me dear Friend! God Bless! You are all in our hearts and prayers!! Love you Andi!

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