On the fortieth anniversary of my father’s death, there’s still room for gratitude

On the fortieth anniversary of my father’s death, there’s still room for gratitude

“The trick is to live long enough so your children aren’t naming their children after you.”~H.D. Moore

A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through photos on my phone with my one-year-old grandson. We came across the above photo. It’s a picture of my dad (on the far left) with his uncle and his brother. While he looked at it I said to him, “That’s mama’s grandpa.” I then peeked over at my daughter and thought how sad it is that she never had the opportunity to meet her grandfather.

Today is the fortieth anniversary of my father’s death. He died at age fifty-seven and sadly he missed out on so much. Out of eight grandchildren, he met only one. That relationship lasted only three years. There are now also seven great-grandchildren. That’s fifteen people that will only know of my father through photos and stories. They missed out on so much, too.

And yet, on this sad milestone day, I can’t help but to feel blessed. I have so much gratitude that I’ve been able to see my children grow into adults. I’m grateful that I’m able to know my grandson and make memories with him.

So here’s to my dad. We’ll keep your memory alive. And here’s to your offspring that is doing that. Long may all of us run.

Related Post: Healthwise you are not your father

Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Filed under:

Fathers, Mortality


Welcome to ChicagoNow.

our bloggers,

post comments, or

pitch your blog idea.

Meet The Blogger

Howard Moore

Every five years or so I decide to update this section. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for close to ten years. The last time I did this I was close to sixty years old. Now I’m just a few months away from the big 7-ZERO. Scary AF!!! I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing an update when I hit 80, but you never know. But until then, lets just be grateful.

Subscribe by Email

Completely spam free, opt out any time.


Donald Trump (205)
Parkinson”s Disease (50)
Coronavirus (34)
Chicago Cubs (33)
Covid-19 (30)
Paul McCartney (28)
John Lennon (26)
Cancer (24)
Melanoma (23)
Eric Clapton (23)


Music (393)
Wellness (333)
News (319)
Health (266)
Satire (221)
humor (206)
Uncategorized (188)
Pop Music (182)
Parkinsons (159)
Entertainment:: Music (146)

Latest on ChicagoNow

On the fortieth anniversary of my father’s death, there’s still room for gratitude

from I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes by Howard Moore
posted today at 6:11 am

Spring game takeaways spotlight EIU defensive goal for fall season

from Prairie State Pigskin by Dan Verdun
posted today at 5:30 am

Watch Paul Vallas discuss how he would take on the teachers’ union in Chicago, vigorously support and implement school choice, hold the line on city property taxes and deal w/Chicago’s massive pension shortfall: Cable and Web

from Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz by Jeff Berkowitz
posted Monday at 8:31 pm

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Washer hits walk off 3-run blast for his 2nd HR of game; García also goes deep twice; Crow-Armstrong, Quintero, and another stellar Riley Martin outing keep Pelicans in 1st place

from Cubs Den by Michael Ernst
posted Monday at 12:55 pm

Democracy dies in ignorance.

from The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor by Dennis Byrne
posted Monday at 12:49 pm

Read these ChicagoNow blogs

Cubs Den

Chicago Cubs news and comprehensive blog, featuring old school baseball writing combined with the latest statistical trends

Pets in need of homes

Pets available for adoption in the Chicago area


It’s like the couch potato version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

About ChicagoNow



Recent posts RSS

Privacy policy (Updated)

Comment policy

Terms of service

Chicago Tribune Archives

Do not sell my personal info

©2022 CTMG – A Chicago Tribune website –
Crafted by the News Apps team

Read More

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.