We don’t regret the hard times and in fact, they have made us stronger. But my comment to her was that I surely hoped that the rest of our years together wouldn’t necessarily be so full of trial. That’s when I have to keep reminding myself that we have to treasure our family outside of these trials and to focus on the good that we have which is each other and our brown-eyed girl. I couldn’t help but wonder if the only time we were going to be able to rest was when we got to heaven.
In our talk I told her that I wanted to restfully enjoy life with her before then so with that said here’s the list of folks I’d like to see when I get to heaven.
Think of this as a list of things that in my feeble mind would make heaven…heaven.
My wife. And yes, I want to be married to her when I get to heaven. I know what some may believe about marriage in heaven but I’m asking for this anyway.
My wife and I got married late in life (we were in our 30’s) and although we’ve been very happy we’ve been lambasted by outside forces ever since. I’d like a thousand-year honeymoon please and I want it without scrambling to make the car payment. After the thousand-year honeymoon I want a hundred years of cruising at sea with all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets.
This spread must include pancakes. French toast I can live without but not pancakes.
My daughter. I want to be a father to my daughter forever. We have way too much fun to pack into however long we are on Earth so when we get to heaven I want to build her the longest water log ride ever built in the history of mankind and ride it with her.
Then we’d build a starship cooler than the Enterprise and go exploring the universe. After that, I’d want to take her to a hundred-year seafood buffet and chow down on shrimp until well….we move on to something else.
As a side note, my daughter has been saving her pennies for a year or so to buy herself a kindle. Last night I found her savings in my chair with a note telling me that she wanted me to use it to go see my dad.
I broke down for a little bit and after I composed myself I went in and told her how proud of her I was.
My grandfather, Benjamin. He was an inspiration in the sense that nothing bothered him. My grandmother could be fussing at the top of her lungs at him about how he never lets him get a word in (it was actually the other way around) and he’d turn to me and wink as he giggled. Then he’d take me out to his shed where he kept spare parts of anything he could find and try to build something out of it.
My dad. My childhood wasn’t the greatest and my birthdays brought me great sadness until I got married (my wife knew this and showed up at my doorstep at 4am and took me out to breakfast when we were dating). My dad now has Alzheimer’s and the person he was is slipping away so in essence I never got to be the son I wanted to be. I want more time with him. He was amazing at basketball especially for a guy who is only 5’8”.
My wife says that even if I don’t get my wish that heaven will be so amazing that it won’t matter.
I just can’t imagine heaven without them…..or blueberry pancakes.
Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy for all ages.
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