Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Thousand Miles

I dedicate this post to the memory of Louis Peters,
my beloved father-in-law,
who passed away on July 28, 2016.
He was 86-years-old.

With Weston in 1999

He was a kind, supportive, loving, gentle and hardworking man.
An over-the-road truck driver who logged over 4.5 million lifetime miles.
To give you some idea of just how far that is...
It would be like driving to the moon and back.

Ten times

And as if that accomplishment was not impressive enough...
He did it without a single accident.
He was awarded the prestigious Safe Driver Award
by the state of Wisconsin.

But to me, he was more.
He was like a father,
always eager to chat about life,
the ups and downs and in-betweens.
He loved good jokes and good discussion
and could always seem to brighten even the most darkest of days.

We shared a similar temperament;
a heartfelt desire to be
free-spirited, fiercely independent and loyal to those we love.

He never ended a single phone call without telling me:
"I love you Lisa"

He was my rock, my grounding,
my counselor and cheerleader,
providing me with a constant supply
of a very special kind of unconditional love.

I miss you dear Dad
and will carry you with me
until I see you again.