Today marks the first anniversary of the passing of my father and I think it’s important to acknowledge my father’s life. The first anniversary can be a difficult time, it brings up memories of not only the relationship I had with my father it also brings back vivid memories of his passing. My sister and I sat with him as the Intensive Care Unit doctors and nurses turned off his life support. And we could finally see the pain and struggle he was going through pass as his body shut down completely.

I actually think it’s helped me to have been there when he passed away, the finality of his life is real.

So today being a year since he passed away is a good a time as any to acknowledge his life and I give thanks to him for all that he has done for me. I’m not saying he was perfect but I believe he did the best he could for his family given the skills and experiences he had growing up with his parents.

I am grateful for all the good times we had together and I miss the opportunity to share things with him. From talking about the local weather, to discussing what vegies we both had growing in the garden, to sharing a cold glass of beer on a hot summers day. At times he could drive me crazy but I plan to make a conscious effort to focus on the positive experiences we had together.

With both my parents no longer alive I really miss the chance to pick up the phone and have a chat with my mum and dad.

So today I pay my respects to my father for giving me life, without him I would not be here today.

RIP Michael Edmund King 24/06/1936 – 14/03/2017