Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate
In April of 2017, I was on vacation in Cancun with my mom, walking on the beach. We came upon a wedding that was being setup, right there in the sand. I told my mom when I got married, that’s exactly what I wanted – to be surrounded by the people that meant the world to me, the beach and the waves for a ceremony. I asked my mom if she thought Dad would walk me down the aisle and she said I should ask him. At the time, I was not engaged but I called my dad who was in Arizona and asked, “Dad, when I get married, I want to get married on the beach. Would you walk me down the aisle?”
He didn’t hesitate and said, “Of course! But wait – can I wear my Converse?”
In September of the same year, Dad was diagnosed with Acute Myleoid Leukemia. I met my spouse about a month later on November 5th. Two days after Christmas, we lost my dad.
In October of 2019, I was married in the sand next to the love of my life, the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by those that love and support us. I held a pair of my dad’s Converse as I walked myself down the aisle.
This Father’s Day, I hope you can celebrate your dad and treasure all of the things you love about him. I plan to celebrate my dad in memory and spirit. May each of you have a wonderful Father’s Day as you celebrate yours!
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