Reflections on Hunting, Fishing and the Death of My Father
Credit: Jerry L Neal, Colorado Outdoors Online
On Dec. 23, 2013, my father, mentor and friend, Jerry Neal Sr., passed away at his home in Morrison, Colorado.
I was close to my dad and his unexpected passing just before Christmas made a heartbreaking loss even harder to endure. Aptly, my dadís final words to me remain sealed in a Christmas card that I still have not opened. Iím not sure if Iím just not ready to read his final sentiments below a generic Hallmark greeting or if saving his unopened card has simply been my way of trying to hold on to a part of him for a bit longer. Even now, as Iíve reached the one-year anniversary of his death, the realization that my dad is gone often hits me as if Iím hearing about it for the first time. And his absence has left a void in my life that has been hard to accept.
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