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Love and heartbreak.

My apologies for being absent from Modern Kiddo this past month.

As I mentioned earlier, my Dad was diagnosed with mantle cell leukemia in late March and I took the month of June off from work to help care for my father in Florida and Boulder.

Sadly, my beloved Dad died last Friday. His obituary ran in the New York Times today.  Unfortunately it doesn’t include the fact that he was the most supportive, loving Dad in the world who kept every crappy piece of pottery I made, would send me back my letters from college red-penned with edits, and came up with a dance called The Buzzard that Morris Day ripped off and called The Bird.  My mom said it best—the heart of our family has been ripped out.  And it hurts. A lot.

Thank you so much, friends, to everyone who reached out to me during the last month. Every hug, comment, text, email, call was so so appreciated. And especially big thanks to Alix, who has been running this site with amazing grace for the past few weeks since I’ve been out.

As you can imagine, I am gutted wit grief and still in shock—it all happened so fast—and will probably take at least the next week or so off from posting to focus on mourning and being with my family.

Thank you all for understanding.

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  1. Amber Liddle says

    I”m sooo sorry to hear about your dad passing. Never an easy thing. Keeping you in my thoughts, Leslie!

  2. Pamela Klaffke says

    I am so sorry to read this, Dottie. Your Dad sounds like he was an amazing man and father.

    • Dottie says

      He was an amazing man and father. Thank you so much for your condolences. xo

  3. Stacy says

    I’m so very sorry Dottie. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and have read all of the things you’ve shared about your Dad. Wishes of peace and healing for you and your family.

    • Dottie says

      Thank you so much, Stacy and I appreciate your readership of the blog! That means so much, lady! xo

  4. Jody says

    A beautiful, fitting tribute to a lovely relationship and an amazing man.

    • Dottie says

      Thanks, Jody! I’m so sorry that I missed your visit to SF, but hopefully, I’ll catch you next time. XO!

  5. jenny says

    Sweetheart, Dottie.
    I am just so very sorry for all of this. Sending you and your family so much love.
    See you soon, friend.

    • Dottie says

      YES! See you soon! Your coming out to visit is a total bright spot this summer. I CAN’T WAIT! Love you, lady! xo!

  6. Eartha Kitsch says

    I’m so, so sorry. I can’t even imagine what your heart must be going through. I wish that he could have been with you many, many more years. Love to you and your family.

    • Dottie says

      Eartha, you are the bees’ knees. Thanks so much and I wish he was around for many many more years too. xo!

  7. fuzzymama says

    I wish you and your family all the loving thoughts that you need during this time. How lucky you are to have had such an amazing father. May peace be with you.

    • Dottie says

      Thank you, lady! Sadly, the peace thing is taking its time, but hopefully soon. xo!

  8. Artist in LA LA Land says

    Dottie, I’m so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you. Yes, take it easy and take your time. This must be so hard. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    • Dottie says

      Thank you so much, friend! It is hard and thank you so much for reminding me to take it easy and take my time. Two things I have a hard time remembering!


  9. Jeannie says

    I am so very sorry… I can’t even put into words how sorry I am for your tremendous loss. What an amazing father your Dad was.
    Sending you and your family peace…

    • Dottie says

      Thank you for this note–this is by far the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. Dad was truly amazing. xo!

  10. Mom101 says

    Oh Dottie, I’m so terribly sorry to hear this. It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship, and I bet he’s so proud of the woman you’ve become.


    • Dottie says

      Oh Liz–thank you, lady. I will miss him every day. Every damn day.

  11. Gabrielle - Design Mom says

    Your tribute has me in tears, Dottie. What a great man! And the picture at the top is absolutely priceless. What a treasure. And what a treasured relationship between you and your father.

    • Dottie says

      Thanks, so much, Gabrielle–I’m very lucky to have him in my life. Family really does mean everything, doesn’t it?

  12. Stephanie says

    I’m sorry for your loss. I lost my mom a few years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her. The pain gets easier with time but, life as you knew it is forever changed. Keep close with those that you love. These losses remind us that every day is a gift. So sorry.

  13. gabrielle says

    so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, he sounds like such an amazing man

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