April Fool. 

How do we mourn someone we’ve never met?

An only child in a single parent household in the 70’s had its challenges for everyone.  My father cut out early in my life and I never had the opportunity to know him, until he was dead.

April 1, 2004 is the day he died… the fact he died on April Fools Day seems fitting somehow.

I learned he had a brother who had 2 children and all of the sudden there were cousins and new family members.

I learned he had lived a let’s call it “colorful life”  in the Florida keys as a commercial fisherman.

I learned he never remarried or had any other children so I was it… end of the line.

So that’s it.  There’s not much else to the story except this day full of pranks and jokes comes along each year and every time I wake up on this day I wonder how I am supposed to mourn for a man I never met.