People say "Love is a Verb."
Papi taught me that Love is both: words and deeds.
He said "I Love You" "I Love You Too" "I Love You More" easily and often.
I never wondered if I was deeply loved because he told me, from the day I was born and every day since, that he loved me.
And then, because Love is, in fact, also a verb, he showed me his Love.
In big and small ways my father LIVED LOVE for me, for my brother, for our kids, and for everyone who knew him. He taught us all how to give and receive LOVE with open hearts.
If I've ever given you LOVE or shared JOY with you, then you have been in the presence of the lessons Papi taught me about what it means to live a good and meaningful life.
My Tío Jossie, Papi's older brother, captured Papi's spirit in this way: