Special to the EagleHerald/Val Ihde
Chelsea and her dad, Frank, are pictured at his wedding in September.
Special to the EagleHerald/Val Ihde
Chelsea and her dad, Frank, are pictured at his wedding in September.

Throughout my entire life my dad has always said, “Life goes by in the blink of an eye.” Up until quite recently I didn’t really put much thought to it. However, the realization hit me like walking into a sliding glass door when it registered in my brain that this coming year would be my 10th class reunion. Yes, I will repeat it again, 10th class reunion. I’m still shocked. This also means that I’ll be 28 come April. Wow.

How many thousands upon millions of different memories, both amazing and sad, have accumulated into my life, who I am. Throughout those 28 years, there has been one person who is and still continues my biggest support system, confidant, who has been there through the good and the bad — my dad.

Growing up, I admit it I was very much my mother’s daughter. My dad always was behind the scenes, making sure he always made it to every piano recital, basketball game, among so much more.

When my mom passed away in 2015, it hurt us both immensely — beyond any words that can be expressed. On Nov. 5, 2015, I lost my best friend and he had lost the love of his life. From then on, for many years we fought religiously about the pettiest things most of the time. Both being strong-headed Germans definitely didn’t help us in that matter.

However, my dad never gave up on me, even when I was at my worst. He is the man who has encouraged me to do my best, go to college and become successful. He has driven me to become the person who I have become.

My dad has always wanted one thing for me, to be able to stand on my own two feet, never having to rely on anyone for anything. Being self-sufficient was of greatest importance in his mind and he hasn’t rested until I could prove that to him.

There are genuinely too many memories and words to describe how much this man means to me and what he has done for me. Without him, I can sincerely say I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this column.

But I can say one thing: That I’m sure he’ll keep on me for years to come. For the record, I will only say this once. Dad, you were right, life does go by in the blink of an eye. Thank you for everything.