Those were the words that my father spoke last week when speaking about Sunshine.
Yeah…I know. How amazing is she??
My sister has never been the loving daughter that dad always hoped that she’d become. When mom was sick, my sister might have called dad twice and spoke to mom once. She’s lived in the same town with my parents for years now (after being away for years) and I saw them more often than she did.
So when Sunshine jumped on a bus last Monday afternoon just to be able to support me, little did dad know just how amazing she would be with him, as well.
When we sat around the living room, Sunshine sat next to dad and chatted with him. She didn’t spend every waking second talking about herself, rather she sat there and helped dad smile. When I was reading my mom’s eulogy at her funeral, Sunshine was the one who moved to sit next to dad and hold his hand and hug him when he broke down.
I also heard him tell a friend on the phone that he feels closer to Sunshine than he does with his own daughter. She’s just THAT KINDA SPECIAL.
And here’s the kicker…
Dad wants to get out of town for awhile…away from the hurt and the pain and the memories. My 16-year-old brother has his March break in two weeks so dad decided to book a last-minute trip down south. He decided to make it a cruise because he and mom loved to take cruises together.
Well…I love my brother and all, but both dad and I realize that he’s not the greatest conversationalist in the world. Dad also knew that there would be quite a few times where he’d probably be alone and he’d be devastatingly lonely. SOOOOOO….
…he asked Sunshine and I to join him on the cruise.
Yeah…I know. How amazing is that? We both scrambled over the weekend to make sure our ex’s were okay with this turn of events. Then we had to clear this with our employers. Once that was done, Sunshine had to gather the documentation required so she could apply for a passport.
SHE’S NEVER BEEN ON A PLANE BEFORE.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to not only go down south on a cruise (it’s a 7-day cruise that I’ll discuss in much more detail over the next few weeks), but to know that I’ll be the one by her side as she gets to experience parts of the world outside of Canada for the first time makes me extremely happy.
So yeah…to say that she has my father’s “stamp of approval” would be an understatement. And after last week, I don’t think I could love her any more than I do.