My step-dad Anthony M. Vanyo was my dad. He accepted me as his own family form the very beginning. I was called daddy’s Princess. When he came into my family’s life it was like a true Cinderella story. In his eyes I was a Princess. He was a tall man when he walked into the room he was larger than life. He was a robust man so full of life that is why it is so hard to believe that a heart attack took him away from me.
I still feel all the love that he had for me. The memory of him still swirls around in my head and in my heart. He gave me a since of self and a since of inner strength. He adored us all but I ...view middle of the document...
So if a tree fell during the night onto a pole line he would have to get up and leave for work.
One Christmas he was working in a city because of the big ice storm we had back in 2009. So he was not able to come home so he called us that night and gave us the bad news and said” he could not make it home for Christmas”. Well a few hours later he had called abck and told my mom he was going to be able to come home for a few hours.
He parked his truck on the side of the house and walked down the alley. My mom opened up the door to let him in to surprise us he was hiding beside the refrigerator. Then my mom called me and my brother into the kitchen and said” There is a surprise for you and your brother, but you guys have to look for it”. Then all I did was looked up and saw my daddy. He made my Christmas he best Christmas I have ever had.
No matter how hard my dad’s job was he always had time for us. To him family came first. Yes he always had a job to do so he could support our family. But to him family was always his number one priority.
January 2009 was the worst year for me. It was on January 11, 2009 that I was told that daddy is no longer with us. That he passed away. I was heartbroken, my dad meant the world to me. Three days later was my birthday. It was the worst birthday ever because daddy was not there to spend it with me. The second reason was because that was the day we buried him and said our good buys to the one we loved.