Thank you to Amber for having me today!
I feel so lucky and honored; not only to be your Tribe Spotlight for February, but to also be your friend.
The last time I spoke to my Dad was almost five years ago. It was Sunday, March 31st, 2014, opening day for the Red Sox and we were watching the game from his hospital room. I had to leave around 9:30 pm to pick up my sister from the airport (she lives in Europe and was flying home just to see my Dad). Before I left, I vividly remember standing in his doorway smiling and telling him I loved him and that I'd see him soon. He said I love you too. Little did I know, that was the last conversation we’d ever have.
My sister's flight was delayed so we didn't arrive at the hospital until 11:15 pm. When we walked into the room, my Dad was coughing up blood and saying he couldn't breathe (he had a pulmonary embolism we later found out). Thirty-five minutes later he was gone. Just like that, gone. I was just sitting by his side two hours prior talking about the Red Sox. How can this be? I was never prepared to lose a parent so abruptly (who is?). My sister and I were by his side with his last breath. He wasn't alone. I thank my lucky stars that we were there with him. He needed us there as much as I needed to be there. You see, my Dad and I were best buds. We did everything together. We were truly blessed with a wonderful father/daughter bond.
My Dad loved music. Passionately. There are people that love music and there are people that truly love and breathe music. My Dad was one of those people. He would belt out Sinatra at the drop of a hat and would dance his heart out to Stevie Wonder. He was an incredible singer, dancer, hysterically funny and always the sharpest dressed man in the room. We shared many favorite things, but music was always at the top of our list. I took him to see Tony Bennett at the Boston Symphony for his 60th birthday. It was a night I will never forget. He was so happy, I don't think the smile ever left his face. This will always be one of my favorite memories.
I turn to music so much to be close to my Dad. So, if I’m feeling sad, I listen to Tony Bennett to remember that night. Or I turn up the speakers so loud and dance to “Sign, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder because it reminds me of dancing together on Thanksgiving. And sometimes, I listen and cry to "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Frank Sinatra because I heard him sing that so many times. I wish I could have played a favorite song for my Dad in his last moments. I have a feeling it would have been “Summer Wind” by Sinatra or any song by Diana Krall.
It isn’t too often that I get heavy on my blog Lifestyle with Katie, but, when I do, it truly comes from the heart. Losing my Dad taught me how short life truly is. So now I run a lifestyle blog and work as a personal stylist. I know my Dad would have encouraged me to inspire people. He was a go-getter and as I mentioned, stylish. I like to think I have those traits too. My blog is a great way to express my style, my love for music, cooking and family. I usually end each post with either a song or a quote so this one right here resonates with me today and every day.
If you’d like to learn a little more about me or read today’s Valentine’s Day Style & Gift Guide, you can find me here.