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Missing My Husband on Father's Day

Aaron took care of many people beyond our family, and I can't count how many regarded him as a father figure. Our kids, Tori and Randy, worked so hard on Father's Day to please their dad.
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If time heals all wounds, why is today's second Father's Day without my husband even more difficult than last year?

He sure would have liked to have been here this week for the birth of our second grandchild and his first granddaughter. I can see his smile and feel his pride and gratitude; but I sure wish Liam and Stella could have met their grandfather and spent many Father's Days with him.

Our kids, Tori and Randy, worked so hard on Father's Day to please their father. I saluted their creativity in finding gifts for the man who had everything and needed nothing. He loved them so much, so they could never miss with a present for him.

I felt the gift challenge more than they did, and my Father's Day job was to give him something more special than the previous year. Remember, we were the couple with the "gift-wrapping room" in our house, which heightened the pressure.

Aaron took care of many people beyond our family, and I can't count how many regarded him as a father figure. I always felt I had to get him something to show him how much he was appreciated by his family, his employees, all the people with whom he worked, those who regarded him as a role model and just about everyone who watched his shows. Thank goodness for racehorses, fascinating clockwork driven costumed "automata" figures, an antique "wheel of fortune," Ms. Pacman and a pinball machine I designed for him with the names, locations and voices from the many television shows he produced. I couldn't get him traditional Father's Day gifts, which was ironic because he was a traditional father.

Trader Vic's, where we had quiet family Father's Day celebrations isn't there any more. He wouldn't have liked that.

Tim Russert passed away Friday. Not only was he a great broadcaster and man, but someone who brought us all back in time to happy family times with the stories about his own father and son. Aaron would have been sad to learn that Tim passed away at 58.

I'm thinking of you on Father's Day, Aaron. I may even watch a few episodes of The Love Boat, Dynasty and Charlie's Angels just to feel a little closer. Randy, Tori and our grandchildren are great. Thought you'd want to know.

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