My take on love, loss, and what I wore. Inspired by a letter to a friend about the loss of a parent.

On this day, two years ago, I signed my offer with my current employer, a shoe company, and began planning my exit from my previous employer. With my new manager at the shoe company imminently going on maternity leave, I didn’t have terribly much time in between bidding adieu to my old gig and starting the new one, but I knew those few days in between the jobs demanded a visit home to my family.

It had been about a year since my father had had a second heart valve surgery that had…