I have school to complete in the next few weeks, and I just lost someone I care deeply about.
I wanted to take a moment and say a few words about my stepdad...
Belton "Brian" Hammond came into my life when I was almost 19. I had just moved out on my own at that time, and while I didn't recognize it then, I was REALLY in need of a good father figure in my life.
For the past 21 years Brian filled that role for me. He had no children of his own- and it is possible that he did not realize what he was getting into when he stepped into our lives, but he was a DAD to my sister and I, and he was GRANDPA to our children.
Brian passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning. He went very peacefully in his sleep. He was such a kind, kind man and I am just going to miss him terribly.