The Charles Joseph Larkin

Family Memory

His granddaughter Lori wrote this on the anniversary of her father's birthday.

I Miss Dad's Hugs the most

By Lori Larkin Andresen, July 22, 2005

I was once told by my friend Gretchen that a wonderful way to honor and remember someone you love is to doing something that would have made them happy. 

I think in honor of Dad's birthday tomorrow I will play with every baby, talk to every senior citizen, pet every animal and do at least one random act of kindness.  In other words, start the day with love, live the day with love and end the day with love. 

When Dad passed away, I took a few of the books he was reading at the time. One, of course, was his Bible and another was Dr. Wayne Dyer's "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace.' 

In the book was a small piece of paper and written on it, in Dad's handwriting, is, "I always entertain great hopes" (Robert Frost I believe). 

He always told me I could do and be anything I believed I could be.  He always told me that he was proud of me and always supported me in whatever I was doing. 

His love was unconditional.  And I could feel that with every hug.  I miss Dad's hugs the most. 

I also miss the way we would talk over each other when having a conversation.  (guess I got my yapping skills from him). He would raise his hand and tell me it was "his turn" to talk. 

He taught me to fish, play softball, show appreciation and most importantly to love unconditionally.

I don't always live up to what he taught me, but I will be eternally grateful to have had the best Dad in the world!