Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Our father was taken to his Heavenly home at a very young age: 23, leaving me at 3 years old, my brother at 21 months old, and my other brother at 2 weeks old. It was very tragic and very traumatic. But Dad is still with us and very much a part of us. Each of us kids have now lived more that twice as long as Dad did, but each of us carries startling resemblances to him. There's the physical traits; chalk those up to genetics. But then there are the little quirks, expressions, and personalities that come through even though we didn't observe him directly. It's a comfort to know he is so much a part of us.

We had significant father figures throughout life: precious uncles, grandfathers, teachers, pastors, coaches, scout masters, and friends. I have to include Mom here, too. She overcame frightening obstacles to raise amazing kids! To all of those who nurtured us, and who continue to be our role models and mentors, we love you and thank you for sharing of yourselves for us and everyone you continue to give to so unconditionally.

Happy Father's Day!


Shelly said...

So sorry that you lost your father at such a young age. My hubby lost his when he was 9 so earlier today we visited his grave. You have a great blog and I will be back often to read it.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Barb, your Dad did die at a young age..your mom was a strong woman to raise kids alone, I admire her...Hope your day was a good one. hugs, Baba

Weary Hag said...

My daughter didn't know her dad until she was nearly sixteen. You spoke of genes and the little subtle 'ways' that somehow find their way through regardless of absense. She has always danced EXACTLY like her father ... every move, every rhythm-less jerk - haha - chuckling now just thinking about it. It's really pretty cute.

Sorry you lost your dad when you were so very young.

Carmi said...

Hi Barb,

Thank you writing about such a difficult turning point in your family's life, and the inspirational direction you've taken since. In writing so poignantly about the power of family, you've touched my soul today.

The new Thematic Photographic theme - glass - is up. I just know you'll once again come up with something magical.

Allison said...

Wow...what a story. This is a beautiful homage to your dad esp. on Father's Day. Thanks for coming by my blog!

Linda said...

Hey, it's Floyd! Hi Floyd, I wish I could have known you as the cool father in law you would have been - gee you look a lot like my son Bearly!

PS your kids turned out all right!