On this Father's Day, I'd like to pay tribute to my Dad.
He's definitely a "Dad"....not a "Father". Long before fathers were "hands-on" my Dad was an intregal part of my life. He worked hard - sometimes at two jobs to keep us all fed and clothed, but I remember as a young child, I couldn't wait for Dad to get home from work so I could rough-house with him.
I respected him immensely. Not because he was an authoritarian, but because I loved him so much, there was never anything I wanted to do to disappointment him. The few times that happened, and Dad had to scold me, I could still feel the love shining through. I never, ever felt that Dad didn't love me or care for me.
There were lots of family times in our house. I loved playing with dad in the pool, and I loved when he came outside to play kickball or basketball with me, my brothers and sister, and all the neighborhood kids. He took us to drive-in movies, and offered up ice-cream after he'd already stuffed us with the huge dinner which he helped my mother prepare.
As I got older, I realized my Dad gave me even more than great memories. He gave me, through his example, a great work ethic. He gave me a no-nonsense regard for people and life. He gave me a sense of strength and well-being. He gave me a sarcastic sense of humor and a positive outlook on life. He gave me a shining example of what a husband should be, as he loved my mother so very much and was not afraid to show it.
I consider myself the luckiest girl in the world to have a father like mine. He's still involved in my life. I still look to him for advice. I still see him as my example of how to live my life. As each stage of my life evolves, I think back to how my Dad handled those stages, and I am grateful I can pattern my life after his.
Thank you so much to my wonderful Dad. I love you so much! Happy Father's Day!
My very favorite photo of my dad. Love the smile.....love the goofiness....love the sense of humor.
The only times my Dad ever relaxed was when he was camping with my Mom.
My Dad just loves his family, including his great-grandbaby Emily. Who can believe there's almost 70 years difference in their ages?
Dad loves being with his children....Steve, Me, Dad, Chris and John.
Dad and my Mom had a happy marriage for over 50 years.