Tell Me All That You Know, I'll Show You Snow and Rain
Let's get this straight right up front. Dad was an atheist and so are most of us in the family. Sure, we are Jewish in culture and tradition, but there ain't no God to comfort you. He taught us not to believe that lie.
This is a time in the story when one would expect some of those Famous Last Words. I will try not to disappoint.
But, truth be told, the real last intelligible thing he said in English was "All I wanted was a screwdriver!"
Nobody could figure that one out. But by then, Kimberly had seen that he was tightly wrapped in the arms of Morpheus, so he was really dreaming away. Perhaps he was making last minute repairs.
We'll never know.
But a while earlier, a more significant and profound thought came out and this will be the one we will always count as the Famous Last Words because they speak to what sort of a guy he was.
Kimberly was on the bed, doing what she does. I was in a bedside chair as was Jeff. We were feeling pretty sad. Dad was mumbling, trying to get some words out out and finally said, very clearly,
"Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Kimberly kissed him on the head and said, "No, Dad, we thank you!"
The next day, the snow was gone. We got a phone call from our son, Brandon in San Francisco. He told us his wife, Vanessa, had just given birth to a baby girl whose name is Chloe.
We have already given her a nickname..GiGi (great granddaughter). I expect her to be shaving me someday.
All of us atheists believe they passed each other somewhere in the cosmos that snowy night and Dad gave her a high five on her way down.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.