So I'm sitting with Mummy and Monica again, but this time, Monica is the one who's crying the most (though both me and Mummy have tears in our eyes as well).
I asked Monica if she had a story she wanted me to share. And she had this to say:
"Well, when I was younger, Daddy would open his arms as wide as he could and say 'I love you THIS much'. That's what he would always say to me."
And with that, Monica started to choke up and started crying. And so did me and Mummy.
Those seemingly "little" memories are the things we hold and cherish the most about Daddy. Daddy wasn't flashy, and he may not have understood the impact those "little" things would have on all of us - but they were powerful.
Daddy demonstrated with his life how great an effect a person can have on another's life, whether a friend or stranger, with those "little" gestures. We would all be very wise to pay heed to this lesson. And I think this quote from Paul Shane Spear says it the best (yes, I'm on a favorite quote-kick at the moment):
"As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person."