Worth every damn bit of sacrifice to get a cheeseburger in paradise

"I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes.  Big Kosher pickle and a cold draft beer!  Good God almighty, which way do I steer?"


I hope you're enjoying that burger and beer, Dad, you sure as hell earned it.

It was a fitting good-bye, 50 or so of his closest friends and family celebrating his life as much as mourning his death.  Beer, Margaritas, and Mojitos flowed freely, cheeseburgers and onion rings never stopped hitting the tables, and Jimmy Buffet played in the background.  He'd have had a good time.  (I have to say, the guy at the restaurant was soooo funny, "are you sure you want to have a repast HERE? You do realize that Jimmy Buffet owns this place, right?"  Yes, fully aware, we're burying him in a Hawaiian shirt, somehow, a repast at Cheeseburger in Paradise just feels....right)

I've always known he was a great man, most Dads are.  It was moving to see how many others saw him as such, as well.  I watched as my once troubled but now military cousin placed his stripes in Dad's casket.  When I asked him why, he replied "Uncle Tom's the reason I joined the Army, and I never got to tell him I was promoted to Staff Sgt." 

The morning of the wake, I was switching out purses, and found 2 free drink chips for his VFW hall.  I placed one in my wallet, and slid the other into his hands, where nobody else would see it.  I figure when he gets wherever it is he's going, he'll probably want a beer, maybe even a Scotch. (Dad, buy yourself some *good* Scotch for a change, no more of that Dewar's $hit, aaight?)

My thoughts are fragmented, my memories of the past several days more like an unordered mess of snapshots than anything else.  I am unbelievably sad, yet at the same time, relieved, and at peace.  Some moments are harder than others, but underneath my pain, I know he's no longer suffering, and knows who he is again. 




The drink chip... beautiful and perfect.  :)  There's no Dewars in Heaven, I assure you.   Godspeed PapaC. 







I totally cried reading this. It made me think of my dad and how I honestly don't know what I'd do without him. *hugs* I'm so sorry for your loss. :[

Damn it you got me. I teared up twice reading this. It sounds like you all did it up right. 


What a wonderful tribute to your father. I would say you were  both blessed.

Cheers to your father LadyC.  May he find friends and peace where he is now.

And may you continue to find comfort in friends, family, and all your good memories of him.


 May you find the best bar in the sky and enjoy your time amongst friends there. 

Hang in there LadyC


"Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead? Living Dead Girl"

i am so sorry for your loss lady. i am glad that you are finding comfort that hes not in any more pain. i beleive its the only way you can move on sometimes. i hope he finds my grandfather. they might get along very well.

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