This photo was taken one Sunday morning in late December at a cousin's bar mitzvah. My father, as a Levi, was given an aliyah, and I believe it was probably his last one.
This is my dear "Swiss Miss" mom, Lilli (she should be well), with her -- and our -- beloved Jacob (Jack).
Father's Day is coming up this Sunday. Without my father.
My parents' 53rd wedding anniversary will be coming up on June 24. Without my father.
My father's 89th birthday will be on July 4. Without my father.
"Without my father." What a sad refrain, isn't it? But it's a reality these days, and once again, I am more than thankful for the many years we had WITH MY FATHER.
Hug your parents. Tell them how much you love them. Bring honor to the family name. Make your parents proud. Realize they are simply human -- like you -- and make mistakes, as well.
And always, always keep your treasury of family memories alive.