the first of the firsts


Phil & Des, Circa 2010

Today is a big day for my family; it’s the first of the firsts. Today would be 26 years that my dad and Des would be married. It is the first special/big/holiday-type day of the many, many more to come.

Its not my anniversary—its theirs—but to know their love, and know her grief, you would hurt today too.

I miss you dad. Des does too. She bought that reverie harp the two of you saw on TV. Its amazing. Beautiful, really. You actually can’t make a bad noise on it. You would love it.

So tonight I will raise my glass (actually a cup of tea) to the most wonderful, perfectly matched, most in love couple I have ever known. May sweetie and I be even half as happy as you, show as much love, bless as many lives. Amen. Let it be so. Amen.

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