Meghan McCain Recalls Sunday Breakfasts With Late Father John McCain in Powerful Post

Senator John McCain and daughter, Meghan McCain
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Meghan McCain misses her father and their family traditions. “84 days without you,” Megan, 34, began in a Sunday, November 18, Instagram tribute to the late U.S. Senator John McCain. “You used to get up early in the morning and go get us all Starbucks in town in the Cottonwood Safeway and then come home and make eggs and bacon. You always had a giant venti cappuccino.”

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The View cohost and the former Navy pilot would take their breakfast outside and eat on the porch of their Arizona home, she shared. The two would “talk about life and politics” while John would read newspapers. “I want to tell you about everything and get your opinion on everything — just like we used to do,” Meghan wrote . “I don’t know how you go from talking to someone seven times a day to never.”

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84 days without you. You used to get up early in the morning and go get us all Starbucks in town in the Cottonwood Safeway and then come home and make eggs and bacon. You always had a giant venti cappuccino. We would eat on the porch and talk about life and politics while you read the newspaper and watched out for the hawks to fly by. I want to tell you about everything and get your opinion on everything – just like we used to do. I don’t know how you go from talking to someone seven times a day to never. It is still so indescribably surreal to go through the motions of life without sharing all of it with you – like some awful parallel universe I fell into. The pain of missing you and the grief that comes with it continues to be sharp and primal. Some waves are more intense than others but they come every day relentlessly. Stay with me. Stay with me. Stay with me. I fight on because that is what you told me I had to do and demanded of me. I know you made me so tough and strong with the intensity that only you could have purposefully – and for that I am the most grateful. You raised me “Don’t let the bastards grind you down” you always said. Thank you for always, always being on my team and for being my best friend. I love you forever. To anyone else in my place or those who are not – I wish we wouldn’t put time limits or rules on grief, we all do it differently in different ways. I shared my father on social media while he was here (and he loved it) and I choose to continue sharing him now that he is not. There’s always the unfollow button if recognizing the impact of death and loss makes anyone uncomfortable. ♥️

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In the photo, the two-time presidential candidate is seen dressed in jeans, a polo shirt and a ball cap as he fried bacon.

“It is still so indescribably surreal to go through the motions of life without sharing all of it with you – like some awful parallel universe I fell into,” the former Fox News contributor revealed. “Some waves are more intense than others but they come every day relentlessly. Stay with me. Stay with me. Stay with me.” 

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However, Meghan soldiers on because that is what her father wanted. “I fight on because that is what you told me I had to do and demanded of me,” she noted in her post. “I know you made me so tough and strong with the intensity that only you could have purposefully — and for that I am the most grateful.”

The politician died at the age of 81 on August 25 following a battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. Shortly after his death, Meghan released an emotional statement on Twitter. 

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“I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me and supported me in all things,” read a portion of her statement at the time. “He loved me, and I loved him. He taught me how to live. His love and his care, every present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman — and he showed me what it is to be a man.”

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