|Posted on October 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM|
Today, October 7, 2011, is the ten year mark for my dad's untimely death. In the past ten years I have thought about him every single day and wished he was still here with us. I have felt very cheated at times that he was taken from us in the way he was and I know he would feel cheated himself. The past ten years have made me think more than ever about the beauty of time with family. I have learned to cherish every day with my loved ones. I have learned to slow down and appreciate memories that are in the making. I always think of how you never know what life can bring and the best thing you can do everyday is make the most of your time and tell those in your life how much you love them and appreciate them. What used to seem like “bad” days don't seem that bad anymore and I've learned to take things in stride much more as I go through life. We may have days that don't go our way but at the end of them, we still have each other happy and healthy and I say thanks for this every single day. My dad's death has taught me this lesson but I only wish I would have been in this state of mind before he passed. I take comfort in knowing that if he were here I would be the best daughter I could be. So, in his memory I make sure to be the best wife, mother, and friend I possibly can and to truly appreciate every day with the people I love and care about. I never let myself get too busy with the mundane tasks in life and if I feel that I am doing this unconsciously it doesn’t take long for me to check myself and realize that I need to slow down and soak in a moment with my family. A laugh shared with my children, a long hug from my husband, all of these things are huge in my life. When I know I have captured these moments I am proud that I invested in them whole heartedly as those are what make me truly happy. I know my dad would be very understanding of this as he was very sentimental himself and it is in honor of him that I will never let my life pass me by.
I so much appreciate how this website has been received by my father's fans and have felt so happy with all of the kind comments left about him. This has meant so much to all of his family. We want to keep his memory alive as much as we can and appreciate that there is still a glimmer of what he brought to us all while he was here on earth through his moments on film, photos, and stories. So many people have contributed information that could have easily been lost in history such as match dates, photos, and stories from their interactions with him. We have even had some objects sent to us which belonged to him that have meant the world to our family to receive. I have learned little things about him in the process that I didn't know and I hope that people will continue to tell their stories and leave their comments. We can't thank you all enough for helping us reach a place where we can celebrate the life of “Gentleman” Chris Adams!
Deepest thanks to you all,
Jade Adams Bryniarski