Grieving isn't new for me, and it's been a long, long road -- this journey of saying goodbye to my father. Ronald Reagan called his Alzheimers the "long goodbye", and he was right. Since the day my mom called to tell me the news six years ago, it's been an incredibly difficult, painful but often beautiful experience.
When I was a baby, my mom had a well-deserved night out with friends. Upon my mother's return, she found me fast asleep in a diaper held together by electrical tape. Hence my dad's parenting credo: You may not do everything perfectly as a parent, but as long as the job got done and no one got hurt, it's all good. And really, more than anything, I'm just grateful he used electrical tape and not a staple gun.