This weekend, I cried.
Tears for my friend who lost her mom. Tears of gratitude for a host of beautiful, talented friends who shine with God’s Spirit; and all of us throwing a big bash in our friend’s honor.
Then, I got the call. A sweet lady that I have never met named Judy on the other end saying, “hey, we are on 1-40 and I’ve got your dad’s guitar, where do you wanna meet?”
This isn’t just any guitar. This is the guitar that laid across my knees as I sat in my daddy’s lap while his fingers gently strummed melodies that I translated as complete adoration for me. I don’t remember my life with my dad without this guitar. Seems ironic that my dad played the piano for a living, but yet his guitar encompasses our closeness.
“How about the Memorial exit?” I said.
Sitting in the car, waiting, I thought about how many years it has been since my dad passed away. I thought about how young he was to be battling cancer and how courageous he fought it.
He wasn’t my hero until it was too late to tell him. Every little girl wants to be the apple of their daddy’s eye. In that respect, I was like every little girl; but unfortunately, I didn’t see that his world had always revolved around me until I moved out of his world. That is one of the ugly truths about divorce; sometimes, the children move away.
Judy steps out of the car, happy and hyper. I loved her instantly. She hands me the guitar in its case. I smile and politely say thank you and get back in my car. I cried the whole way home. Some tears just ran down with no explanation, just a heart overflowing.
After sharing my latest prize-possession with my family, I busted out the ol’ video camcorder and promptly played a video of dad playing the guitar to Eden. She sat curiously in my lap watching her granddad play a tune and reaching for the strings. She was all of nine months old.
So, I have given you where I have been with this guitar and where I was as I got it, but now…let me tell you where I am going. I am going to learn to play this dearly beloved guitar so that I can someday put Eden’s kiddos in my lap and play them a memory.