All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr
”I was gifted with a wonderful dad who told me over and over how much he loved me. So many people do not get that. Yes, we want more time but I, right now at this moment feel gratitude for what I had. ..... I try to say “I love you” every day to him. Just in case he is in a place quiet enough to hear it. The skeptic in me doubts that he listens, but I still do it.” I stopped and started Erin Lee Carr's gorgeous memoir about six times last week. The only reason that I kept putting it down was because I could no longer see the words on the page through my tears. •
All That You Leave Behind is Erin’s powerful memoir and tribute to her late father David, who passed away very unexpectedly four years ago. Erin finds herself completely unmoored by his absence and so she begins to sift through their correspondence. I did this very thing after my dad died, reading texts and emails over and over... watching videos of him and playing back voicemails just so I could hear him one more time. Being the prolific journalist that her father was, Erin was fortunate to have thousands of tweets, emails and film at her finger tips and the end result of that is this incredibly stirring story of a flawed man whose encouragement and big love for his daughters never wavered. His words and the life lessons that are found throughout this book are not only a gift to her, but a gift to all of us.
Through Erin’s words, my heart was shattered - I could hardly get through some of the passages because I completely understood what she was experiencing and they made me miss my dad so much. Through her father’s words, my heart was put back together again because I was tenderly reminded of what it’s like to bask in the love of someone who is your biggest champion whether you are riding high on the waves of success or have hit rock bottom and are not sure how you will ever get back up.
I am very grateful for Sarita's (of @sunflowerwrites) beautiful soul who buddy read this book with me. I hope you will take a moment on this Monday morning and reach out to someone you care about... life passes too quickly to leave things unsaid. Thank you, Book of the Month for another amazing selection.