There was quite a lot of unfinished business with my dad, before he passed on. In some ways, I'm not sorry that we didn't speak of those things. He was very cruel to us as children. I understand why better now--it really wasn't us, he was simply feeling way too much pressure from being the sole support of seven children, his wife and himself. His end wasn't bitter or bad, but a peaceful passing after a long, hard life. In other ways, I do regret never getting the air cleared between us enough to love him as parent should be loved.
One of the very last things he ever said to me was, "You're beautiful!"