Had a Dad #2

December 13, 2011 | Skip To The Comments (6)

rob brink had a dad


I waited at the top of the stairs as he closed the front door.

Halfway up, I handed over the card I bought him.

“Thanks,” he said.

He didn’t need to open it to know what it was.

Bowling was always his thing.

“Now I can die a happy man,” he said.

The brutal honesty that comes with acceptance is enough to paralyze most people.

Three months into treatment and six months before the end, with Antimetabolites, Alkylating agents, Topoisomerase inhibitors and Anthracyclines pumping through his veins, my father bowled a perfect game.

These miracles grace us in tiny, temporary doses. And I’ll never need another.

Part 1: Strength


  1. I wish it wasn't this way... but I understand. Diagnosed on Mothers Day, two days after I shared the news of her becoming a grandma... she shared her news. Despite the chemicals in her veins, she managed to walk me down the aisle and when she was too ill to be in the room with me during labor, SHE apologized to ME. I know it's not the same as this.....but grief and inspiration have a way of running parallel. With all my love, and a thousand black-eyed susans, Rya

  2. Both pieces are profoundly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. So sweet. I love it. Once again I can't wait for the next installment.

  4. xo

  5. Dear Nooker,

    I can't express how proud I am of the way you expressed your love and memories of your Father...your Mom couldn't have found anyone better to share her life with...he was a great husband, father and person...Grandpa and I loved him like he was our own son and I thank God he gave us such wonderful grandchildren...I see so much of you in him every time I look at his pictures..I'm sure he's somewhere knowing just how good you are and he's very proud of you...I know someday we'll all be together again...I love you and am very proud of you and everything that you do...Grandpa would be so proud too...Love Grandma

  6. Great stuff..He's in my thoughts EVERYDAY..went to Dog Races in Florida last week..more fond memories..it was Dec 12..I played the 1/2 Quinella..I was'nt a winner..but HE sure was...

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