And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by

It has been 9 years since we lost you, Dad. I love you and miss you, so much. Thank you for raising me to be a responsible and accountable man. I could not have survived the past month without your example. Thank you for the example of strength and owning my decisions. I hope I can be something resembling the great dad you are to Van Jr. and Vivie. I also hope I can be a great husband to Abbe like you were to Mom.

They need me.

Thank you, Dad.

Love,
Van Sr.

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

~ Sea-Fever by John Masefield


2 thoughts on And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by

  1. i still miss him, too. Knowing him was worth the pain of losing him. As i said at his memorial, he was unique. i’ve never met anyone who reminds me of him – even vaguely. i feel a kinship with your entire family. One of the luckiest moments of a life empowered by dumb luck was the moment i met your Mom and Dad. i knew it then as i know it now. It’s just more profound looking at it from the downward side of my life’s bell curve. Barb and i are here for all of you. You can trust that. i suspect that you do.
    big tom

  2. I was not blessed enough to have ever met your father. I am blessed enough to know you and through our friendship I have a glimpse of the man he was.

    I’m positive your father is looking down on you from Heaven and smiling. You are a good man and I know you represent your father and family well.

    Thank you for enriching my life by allowing me to be a small part of yours.

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