I wrote this poem last year on the 25th anniversary of my Dad’s passing. I thought it was fitting to post it here on what would have been his 80th birthday.
It is so hard to imagine that he would be 80. I sometimes dream about what life would be like if he were still here. If I could ask his advice. If I could spend time with him. I don’t spend much time there, as it is not what I want to focus on. I imagine what he would look like when I see his brothers. If he aged as they have, which I’m sure he would, he would not look much older than he looked when he left this earth.
What I think about most is the example that he left for me and all of those who knew him.
Be kind to everyone.
Live life fully.
Pay attention to people.
Make a difference.
Follow Jesus’ example.
Celebrate what’s right in the world.
Invest in people. Let them know you appreciate them.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
I’m so thankful for his example, and thankful that he was my Dad.
In Memory of Noah E. Zimmerman
December 19, 1932 – February 12, 1986
Your time on earth was way too short
We wanted you to stay
To continue to teach us how to be gracious
And help so many people
Your love for others was evident
In everything you did
We still hear stories of how
Your kindness touched someone
And taught them about friendship and grace
We had you for a short time
And only wish
You had gotten to meet
Your grandchildren, the wonderful next generation
You left them with a spiritual heritage that
Will live on through them
And an example of unconditional love
That we pass on through our experiences
There’s a unique piece of you in all of them
Noah has your spirit, and your name,
Which is an honor in itself
Brandon has your love of the outdoors
And your skill for hunting and fishing
Amelia has your gift of laughter
And sense of fun
Jonah has your eyes and your
Kaden has your sense of adventure
And never ending love of life
Wyatt is your first great grandchild
With a smile that could rival yours
The years have come
And gone so fast
But your memory lives on
Within all of us
We love you!
What do you remember most when you think of your Dad?