As Father's Day approaches, I thought I would take the time to let you all in on a part of my life that few get to see or even hear about. This is a picture of my amazing father, Dennis Tucker. They say there's no love quite like the love a father has for his daughter. And I believe that with every ounce of my being. My father loved me so much and was so proud of everything I had accomplished and had yet to accomplish in life. Even after my parents divorced when I was 13 years old, he still made the effort to be a part of my life and to make sure I knew on a constant daily basis, how much he loved me.
Sadly, on January 9th, 2008, he passed away after a massive heart attack. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was working an event for the Point at the VB Convention Center when I got the call. It was a listener contest to win a brand new car. I got the call from my mother and just completely lost it, in front of EVERYONE there. As silly as I felt, I could only hope they all understood that I had just received news that would change my life.
My point in all this emotional rambling is this: If you are lucky enough to still have your father in your life, remember to hug him tight, and tell him you love him (no MATTER the circumstances), because tomorrow isn't promised for ANY of us. Luckily, my last words to him were that I loved him, right before we hung up the phone. And for that, I am so thankful. I can't imagine if my last words had been harsh or unforgiving. So HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the dads out there. And to my daddy up in heaven, I love you and Happy Father's Day. Continue to watch over me.
(Sadly, this is one of the only pictures I have left of him. But it's exactly how I remember him, that jet black hair, tan and handsome!)