Even Pest Control

Hannah Jane Nancarrow

I always expected to miss my Dad. I expected to miss his “dad jokes” and his subsequent full-bellied laughs. I expected to miss seeing his name pop up on my phone and hearing his voice on the other end. I expected to miss his gourmet cooking and the contented look he got as he sang along to Bob Dylan. I expected to miss the feeling I got when he’d put his arms around me, kiss my head and whisper “I love you, Kiddo.” And I really expected to miss his incomparable way with words and his sage advice on life. Somehow, amid all my other expectations, there are some things I never expected to miss; things like…pest control. Yes, I really miss my Dad’s pest control skills.

This new way of missing my dad came to me just as I drifted off to sleep last night. I heard a faint, but unmistakeable, high-pitched buzzing. I…

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Hannah Jane Nancarrow is a San Diego State University alumni, with a B.A. in journalism and new media. After graduating in 2011, Hannah worked in local T.V. news before her dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hannah managed and contributed to her dad’s incredibly popular blog (thenancarrowproject.com) and social media platforms before he passed away, after 11 months of bravely battling and blogging. The diagnosis was a catalyst for her own writing and for following each whim and dream. Today, Hannah writes her own blog and has been a keynote speaker at San Diego Women's Week, Relay for Life, and a top fundraiser for cancer-related causes throughout San Diego. Hannah also has a passion for health and fitness, since losing 75 pounds in 2011. She earned her Spinning® and group fitness instructor certifications, and teaches weekly cycle classes in Encinitas, California. Hannah also earned her real estate license and works in the family business, Nancarrow Realty Group, in North County San Diego.

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3 comments on “Even Pest Control
  1. ousley5 says:

    Thanks for sharing another wonderful story about your Dear Dad! I just read it out loud to Gary, and showed both videos, and we both teared up! We have been using his bug killing methods for years and it was so good to see him and hear his voice again. Take care, love, Stephanie and Gary Ousley

    Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  2. Gloria Jean Bishop says:

    Edited version. Sorry I missed those errors lol it’s early lol

    Sent from my iPhone

    Begin forwarded message:

    > From: Gloria Jean Bishop > Date: July 12, 2014 at 6:03:50 AM PDT > To: Eureka Nohelani 1-12 Bishop , Corey Cornell Bishop 7-13 > Subject: Fwd: [New post] Even Pest Control > > Edited version > > Sent from my iPhone > > Begin forwarded message: > >> From: Gloria Jean Bishop >> Date: July 12, 2014 at 5:51:06 AM PDT >> To: The Nancarrow Project >> Subject: Re: [New post] Even Pest Control >> >> Good morning Hannah. Your piece was beautifully written with humor and a pinch of emotional pain. As usual I enjoyed it. >> However, I’m glad the dogs didn’t suffer the loss of hair and the house is still standing lol. I had to read it to my daughter, she too laughed at certain parts. >> When my mom passed several years ago, the bible she had in the hospital had a message on a piece of paper with this question for me, ( will you bury me here or in New York?). I found this soon after the fact. Needless to say, I lost it. I was already in emotional anguish over her death. She became ill suddenly and within 4 days or so, she died on the operating table. I’m not telling you this to make you sad, just sharing that ” I know”. Everyone will experience and go through grief in a different way but it is real. I was an only child and living in San Diego county. The rest of my relatives are on the East Coast. >> My mom, was a phenomenal woman. She taught me a lot. She should have been a writer. She wrote e v e r y thing on pieces of paper way before tablets and diaries were popular. I’m still finding her notes, experience, a joke she liked, scriptures etc here and there. I have never been the same since loosing her, it has changed me forever. I look and see life differently, take nothing and no one for granted, became more spiritual, seek and pursue peace and comfort in my life. >> For a few years the pain was so great that dealing with life was no fun. But time… time has a way of healing or patching the wounds. Time and my faith in God has and is keeping me. I still miss her and her funny quotes. She was always cutting articles and jokes from a news paper or mag to share. In today’s world, my in box would have been flooded as I do my son and daughter lol. >> I lost my dad years ago way bf mom. That too was a sad ending. >> Anyway Hannah, I enjoyed what you write always. Either play music on low at bedtime, tv, or put on headphones to help keep anxiety and the noise of pests ( fleas) at bay lol lol. >> Wishing you God’s continued blessings always, a friend in La Mesa. >> >> Sent from my iPhone >> >>>

  3. Gloria Jean Bishop says:

    Good morning Hannah. Your piece was beautifully written with humor and a pinch of emotional pain. As usual I enjoyed it. However, I’m glad the dogs didn’t suffer the loss of hair and the house is still standing lol. I had to read it to my daughter, she too laughed at certain parts. When my mom passed several years ago, the bible she had in the hospital had a message on a piece of paper with this question for me, ( will you bury me here or in New York?). I found this soon after the fact. Needless to say, I lost it. I was already in emotional anguish over her death. She became I’ll suddenly and within 4 days or so, she died on the operating table. I’m no telling you this to make you sad, just sharing that ” I know”. Everyone will experience and go through grief in a different way but it is real. I was an only child and living in San Diego county. The rest of my relatives are on the East Coast. My mom, was a phenomenal woman. She taught me a lot. She should have been a writer. She write e v e r y thing on pieces of paper way before tablets and diaries were popular. I’m still finding her notes, experience, a joke she liked, scriptures etc here and there. I have never been the same since loosing her, it has changed me forever. I look and see life differently, take nothing and no one for granted, became more spiritual, seek and pursue peace and comfort in my life. For a few years the pain was so great that dealing with life was no fun. But time… time has a way in healing or patching the wounds. Time and my faith in God has and is keeping me. I still miss her and her funny quotes. She was always cutting articles and jokes from a news paper or mag to share. In today’s world, my in box would have been folded as I do my son and daughter lol. I lost my dad years ago way bf mom. That too was a sad ending. Anyway Hannah, I enjoyed what you write always. Either play music on low at bedtime, tv, or put on headphones to help keep anxiety and the noise of pests ( fleas) at bay lol lol. Wishing you God’s continued blessings always, a friend in La Mesa.

    Sent from my iPhone

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