It’s been three years ago today that my Dad passed away. The photo above is the last shot I have of us together. It was taken in May of 2008.
My Dad left behind a lot of questions and having those questions go unanswered, has left behind some hurt. But this morning, I remembered my Dad by making up a smoothie that he would have admired. Because, you see, he believed strongly that you should eat as many of the “superfoods” as you can daily. Unfortunately, that regimen only goes so far when you have cancer. Still, he’d start off the day with a breakfast cereal combination that included:
- Broccoli (yes, broccoli)
- Oats and other high fiber grains
- And any other fruit laying around
Along with his breakfast concoction, Dad would have a cup of green tea. And may the saints and angels protect you if you threw out his tea bag before he’d gotten at least two cups of tea out of it!
The smoothie I had in Dad’s honor this morning was a bit different, but I squeezed in some superstuff too. It consisted of:
- Almond milk
- One frozen banana
- Protein powder
- Wheat germ
- And pumpkin puree
I also made a cup of mango green tea out of a loose leaf tea. But I can only carry tradition so far. No way was I reusing those soggy, spent leaves. Hopefully, as I raised my glass of tea and smoothie glop, Dad saw me and appreciated the gesture of rememberance, because I really do treasure our shared breakfast moments. They were way too few and far between.
And once again, I celebrate my Dad’s life with a bit of bad cowboy poetry. When I read through the poem, I feared my sentiments may be misunderstood. Our family has a “unique” sense of humor and ways of expressing our feelings, so I hope you’ll see it in that light.