I'm going to tell you something I remembered today.
The thing I DON'T remember is if I've told you this before. Sorry if I'm repeating myself.
Anyway. After Dad died, my therapist friend told me to keep a notebook and any time I remembered something or felt his presence somehow, to jot it down. Which I did. Which I continue to do. At some point I remembered a conversation we (Dad and I--not the therapist and I) had while we were in France (my therapist didn't go to France with us), behaving like Americans who are trying hard not to behave like Americans. I told him that I sometimes really, really, really missed my old lives--particularly the one I had when all my kids were at home and we were this crazy, noisy, vibrant, male-centric family. And Dad said to me, "Oh, Honey. You can't live your life that way," meaning that I couldn't keep living while looking over my shoulder for landscapes that have disappeared.
This morning at the store, I spoke with a clerk who knows my mother, mostly because they had a friend in common. Barbara. BIG personality. Generous and inclusive and always game for a good time, even if her idea of a good time was going to BYU Education Week. So the clerk told me again how much she misses Barbara and how she would give anything to go back to those days. And suddenly I heard my dad's voice in my ear, "Honey, you can't live your life that way."
Thank you, Dad. You probably knew I've needed that reminder.