Last Christmas

by Katelyn Block on December 22, 2011 · 23 comments

Last Christmas, I don’t remember what I was doing.

I know I was at my house, and I know I was with my Mom, Dad, and sister. Sam and Lilly were there too.

We didn’t go anywhere because my Dad had been in an accident on December 1st. I try not to think about it, but at certain times I don’t have an option.

On December 1st, 2010, I got a call saying that my Dad was in the hospital.

On December 1st, 2011, I got a call from my Dad, saying he wanted to chat. I didn’t even realize what day it was. He told me it was a day of celebration.

All I could do was cry.

It’s a strange feeling when you know what you felt at a certain time, but it is too painful to even put your toe in the water.

One year ago today, I was sick. I’m pretty sure we were all sick in our own ways, but through all of it, my Dad was the one who surprised me the most.

He was the one who had to spend three months in the hospital, becoming rehabilitated and re-learning how to do household tasks. He should not have been trying to dig me out of my sickness.

But he did.

He stayed up late into the night, holding me until I felt better. He didn’t need to do that.

But he did.

My Dad is the strongest person I know. He’s gone to medical school, flown to Grenada to take care of the sick, dedicated hours to performing research that will one day save so many from disease.

He’s cared for my Mom through two pregnancies, raised two children, made life-shifting decisions (at least in my view), and cared through my Mom and our family through her breast cancer.

And then he cared for us when he was the one that needed the most care.

My Dad is my hero.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 22, 2011 at 7:11 AM

So sweet Katelyn. Your dad sounds like an incredible person.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 22, 2011 at 7:15 AM

So stinkin’ sweet. Dads are the best. Seriously. My dad always tries to be rough and tough and not let his emotions show, but I know his heart. He is a softie.

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I think all men are like that. They just don’t think we know it. ;)

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Lauren December 22, 2011 at 7:19 AM

LOve this post! My dad is my hero as well. :)

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Sarah December 22, 2011 at 7:58 AM

This is such a sweet post. I got a little choked up reading this post since it made me think of my own dad. A father/daughter relationship is so special. You are a lucky girl to have such a great role model as a father.

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Thank you. I remind myself of that every day.

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Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! December 22, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Amazing post Katelyn! Your dad is truly a hero! Thanks for the amazing reminder how important it is to tell the ones in our life how much they mean to us! Have a wonderful day!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy December 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

This is such a sweet post. Dads are wonderful, aren’t they? I almost cried when I was reading this :).

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Ohh! I’m glad I got to the heart of people. Just don’t cry. Haha.

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Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee December 22, 2011 at 9:53 AM

I’m so glad your dad has recovered. Your family is adorable! Happy holidays. :)

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chelcie @ chelcie's food files December 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM

such a sweet post:) you’re dad sounds like a super dad!

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale December 22, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Aww Katelyn this is so gorgeous! Dads rule and yours is obviously no exception. :-)

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Mallory @ Have your cake December 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

enjoyed reading this post, katelyn. very sweet. have a happy holiday with your family!

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Dolce December 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

This is so sweet:) Dads are superheros. This actually reminds me so much of my dad. Battled numerous life-threatening illness, and he’s still here to be my best friend!

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Mwah. The best.

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Caitlin December 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

So glad you can celebrate this year with the whole fam happy and healthy :) Merry Christmas!

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Kelly December 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

What a beautiful post, he’s very lucky to have such a sweet daughter, as you are very lucky to have him as your father.
I too, feel that my dad is the best dad in da world, and he is my hero!
DAD’S ROCK!!!!!
Merry Christmas!!!!

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Kit-Kat December 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Aw, that is so sweet! From what I see in the pictures, your dad looks quite handsome ;-) Lucky girl to have such a caring, strong dad!

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Haley @ Health Freak College Girl December 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM

this is such a beautiful post :)

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Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run} December 23, 2011 at 1:45 AM

wow, this was amazing katelyn. i’m envious of the relationship you have with your father; he sounds like an incredible man.

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Katelyn Block December 23, 2011 at 2:49 AM

He really is.

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