This was one of the hardest few days of my life. My papa, Christopher McDonagh, passed away on Monday night after a hell of a fight of 10 years with multiple lung illnesses. I have cried all of my tears out for the rest of my life- I am pretty sure of that. I sit here crying again while writing this post.
Papa was one of my favorite people ever in this whole world full of billions of people. I just went searching in my email for more pictures and found emails from him I never answered- greeting cards he sent me for every holiday, even the little ones, like Valentines Day. Papa was that kind of guy- he just wanted to let you know he loved you and was thinking of you.
Everyone that met my papa described him as an amazing guy, the best gentlemen you will ever meet, and just a kind hearted soul. Those were all true and so much more. Papa was the kind of man who taught you so much along the way without even trying.
I thought I would write some life lessons that I learned from my papa who really knew how to live life like no one else.
The Things My Papa Taught me
You can have endless dreams in life and re-invent yourself as many times as you want.
My papa served in the US Army, was a Good Humor man, UPS driver, Carpenter, Alaskan Pipeline worker, father, husband, grandfather, brother, Irish immigrant and U.S. citizen, and many other things I’m sure we never even knew. Everything he did he did it with pride and purpose.
“Slow down, you have more time than you think.”
This is actually something he told my sister but when she told me it really stuck with me through him struggling and after his passing. When she asked for life advice he simply stated this. I can’t really think of better advice…
Family is by far the most important thing in life.
Papa left his family for 3 years to go work on the Alaskan Pipeline when times were tough and they really needed money. He always made sure to do things with us to keep us busy and having fun when we were little and would spend summers at nana and papa’s house. Papa would always lend a listening ear when you needed or a comforting word of advice.
Love is not always easy but it is so worth it.
Life is the most precious thing to us and it is damn worth fighting for.
Papa’s fight was 10 years long and he fought so hard in the most admirable way.
We love you so much papa and thank you for giving us so much wisdom. Please watch over us and continue to teach us even up there.