Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Who's Your Daddy?
Oct. 10, 1992- one moth to the day after his 40th birthday. TKG played football in Dallas that night, and as a freshman cheerleader (no, you can't see THAT photo!) I went along. We arrived back in Tyler about midnight, and as I was 15 and not yet driving, I did what I always did after an away game. I called Dad to come pick me up. We lived about a mile from the school, so he was there quickly. We went home, and I headed to the kitchen for a snack; he went to the back of the house to the bedroom. A few minutes later, my mom came into the kitchen and said Daddy wasn't feeling well, was having some chest pains. She was going to take him to the emergency room, and would I please stay awake until she called me to let me know what was going on. My two younger sisters were asleep in their rooms, and she didn't want to wake them- at this point, we all thought it was heartburn. We never thought it would be a heart attack.
Because he was awake and waiting for my call; because mom was awake and recognized the need for action; and because he had some fantastic, quick-thinking doctors who knew a heart attack when they saw one, Daddy is here today. They were actually able to stop the heart attack in progress, to get his heart beating normally again, and to save his life- and, who am I kidding, our family's life. Daddy is the heart and soul of the Roberts family. The worst day of my almost-35 years was the next day, when we were allowed to see him. It profoundly shook me to see my Daddy, my hero, my Superman, hooked up to all those machines and looking so weak. This was the man who had taught me to throw a baseball, to ride a bike, who had given me his red hair and impish grin, and wicked sense of humor. He taught me so much, and we came so close to losing him.
So as we celebrate his 60th, I am profoundly grateful for the extra 20 years we've had together; that he was there when I graduated from college, that he was there to walk me down the aisle, that he was there when my world crumbled; that he has been there every time I ever needed him. I am such a Daddy's girl, and I am so proud to say that!
I love you, Daddy!