There have been many people that have had an influence on my life. My friends, family, girlfriend, and teachers all have affected my life in some way or another. I am very close to many people, all of whom have changed me in some way. None of them have had the affect that my father has had on my life. My father and I were best friends. He was always there for me. If I was ever frustrated with any problems he would always work it out with me. He backed me up in everything I did. At all of my sporting events, I could look up in the stands and see him cheering for me. If I was ever in trouble he would help me out. I could express myself to him and let him know how I was feeling. He gave me confidence. With him there I believed that I could do anything. I was the happiest kid there ever could be untill September 7, 1992.
I remember it like it was yesterday. My father had gotten me a new hockey stick and I was having one of my friends spend the night. We had a whole agenda planned for the following day with my father. I had a hockey game in the morning and then we were going to spend the rest of the day together having fun. I remember being very excited and going to bed early. I brushed my teeth and said good night to my mother. My father was sleeping on the couch. I remember seeing his false teeth hanging out of his mouth as he was snoring. Little did I know that would be the last glimpse of my father that I would ever see. I woke up early in the morning, which was really unusual for me, and noticed that my friend had gone home. I didn t think anything of it. As I was getting changed I could hear someone crying upstairs and I heard my aunt. I though to myself, great something is wrong. My mother, brother, and sister all walked down stairs to me in my room. My mother had told me the worst news I have ever heard in my life. She told me that my father didn t wake up and was dead. I was devastated. It felt like my heart had been cut into two. The news was such a shock. There was no warning at all.
This incident changed my life forever. I cannot even describe the dent this left in my life. I was ten years old when it happened. An age when I needed my father the most and he was no longer there. From that point on there has been an empty space in my heart. I no longer had a father figure to teach me how to shave or to tell me about girls. All of the things that my father would have taught me I had to learn on my own. Thank god that my mother is a very strong woman. She really held the family together. She really stepped up and helped me out to coupe with this horrible incident. She is always there for me and I thank god for her. I took all the advice he gave to me and I use it every day. No one or thing will ever be more influential on my life than my father.