This morning I received the call no child ever wants to receive, especially not those of us who live a world apart from our parents, siblings, and family.

My Dad suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. As I type this I cry because I cannot be there to take my Mom into my arms and comfort her. I cry because I cannot hug my brother or assure my grandmother that despite my tears I will be fine. My father and I had different views on the afterlife, but I do hope and wish ever so deeply that he is allowed to rest in peace, knowing he was loved.

Papa, ich hab dich lieb. 

— feeling devastated.

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