A little over two years ago, I lost my dad. He was killed by a drunk driver when he was on his afternoon bike ride. I never got a chance to say goodbye. When I heard the news, I cried and desperately sent him a text, hoping God would rewind the world a few hours and my dad would see it: “I love you more than anything.”
I’ve tried to talk to my dad a lot over the past couple of years. When I’m lying in bed, going for my daily walk, cooking dinner. If you ever see me and it looks like my mind is somewhere else—I won’t keep you in suspense—I’m thinking about my dad, trying to figure out whether I followed his hummus recipe correctly or what he would say about my new job. It can be lonely wandering through a world where you only get to visit your dad in your mind, but one of the most comforting things I’ve learned is that I’m not the only one. There’s a beautiful universe of people thinking about their dads constantly, carrying memories of them wherever they go. I’m lucky to call two of those people my friends.
Isabella McKinley Corbo lost her dad on October 21, 2017. Cameron Sharp lost his dad on January 21, 2002.
I asked Isabella and Cameron a question that requires great courage to answer: If you could talk to your dad for a few minutes and if he could hear you, what would you say?
I recorded Isabella and Cameron going about their daily lives and placed their heartfelt messages over the ordinary video. The contrast between the profound and the mundane is an experience that Cameron, Isabella, and I are all too familiar with. It is in those precise moments that most people take for granted that thoughts of our dads arise.
I hope my immersive video gives you a glimpse into the lives of those who have lost. I hope you feel welcomed and moved.
And to those sweet parents who left us too soon: We love you more than anything.