Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I like driving in my car

(It's not quite a Jaguar.....Remember the song by Madness?)

This picture was taken in July 2007. We were going to Whitby to visit Mike (my brother) and his family.

Probably one of the most favorite things my Dad liked to do was drive. Sometimes he had no clue where he was going and really had no place to go, but he would just get in his car and drive. He found great pleasure in simply driving. He was never the type to simply sit down. He liked to watch nature programs and rugby but was never a TV lover. He loved to read books but liked to be outside for the most part. Dad told me on several occasions he would always find somewhere to go, something to do, someone to help whilst he was driving around. Whenever he was helping others was when he was at his happiest.

He told me once that he used to purposely drive the streets to see if there was anyone who needed his help. He found great happiness in helping others.

A good laugh in our family was when we would go to Beverley, Hornsea, Bridlington, Scarborough in one trip. Oh best not forget Withernsea :)

I will always be grateful for the fact that I have had two years to really grow to love and appreciate Dad even more. I have always loved him, but I have grown to love him deeply. I once heard that cancer is a disease of love. I wondered what that really meant and I began to realize it was due to the true bond it creates. I have learned more about Dad than I thought I would ever know. I have seen many blessings and even though my heart is breaking, I am so grateful for the time we have had together.

A prize will be given to the person who can tell me how many cars Dad has owned! :)

"We love you Dad"


Jana said...

Maxine, this is such a beautiful blog :) I love what you are doing and it brings tears to my eyes nearly every time I look at it. I have such nice memories of your dad from the short time that I lived in Hull.

I've been asked to speak at a Stake Fireside about how members can use blogs. Do you mind if I share this blog as an example?

Jana Gill

Maxine Conrad said...

Hi Jana,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
I would be honored for you to use this blog as an example for the fireside. It is a struggle at times to post (due to emotions) but I also believe it will be good therapy :)
Let me know if you have any questions.

Love to you and your family