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Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Favorite Thing


Today it's easy to find a favorite thing. Today would be my Dad's 98th birthday. He passed away a few years ago and we miss him so. He was the best Dad a girl could have. I remember when I was little...sitting in the big brown chair on his lap, while he read to me. He had to work the night shift...so he always read to me before going to work. We would listen to H. V. Kaltenborn on the radio, giving the news and then he would  leave for work. He was a gentle soul...so caring with the babies in the family. I have pictures of him with all my babies, taken from behind...their little bald heads showing on his shoulder while he walked them.He once asked a couple who were eating in a restaurant ..with a crying baby, if he might walk the baby for them. He picked up the little one and walked around the restaurant...so the couple could enjoy their meal.  A family picnic would find him providing a taxi service home for my little daughter...who didn't want to go potty in the outhouse.Trips to kiddy land and fishing with them and his wonderful car rides to Lake Geneva. I miss eating out with Mom and Dad. He loved to go to lunch...try new restaurants... and we did go every week.When his days behind the wheel were over...I would take them every week..He was a poet...sitting in his little room with his old fashioned type writer...writing a poem for each of us on our special days. .Mom was the apple of his eye...and he kept his marriage vow...in sickness and in health....when she had Alzheimer's disease. He took care of her for 10 yrs. with that awful disease. The last year of her life, when she had to go to a rest home...he visited everyday......always at lunch time. He was really a saint on earth. So, happy birthday, Dad from all of us....especially me.
Balisha   



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15 comments:

Pat said...

He sounds like a wonderful Man, Husband, Father and Grandfather. I know your memories are precious.

Claudia said...

You've made me tear up. What a wonderful portrait of your father. He sounds like an extraordinary man - kind, compassionate and caring.

Thanks so much for joining in this week, Balisha.

Diane said...

You had him a long time; what a blessing!

Blondie's Journal said...

He sounds like he was an absolute treasure. It makes me happy that he lived such a long and full life.

XO,
Jane

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

What a lovely tribute to your daddy. Thank you for sharing your memories.
Blessings from Still Woods

Leisa @ Day by Day said...

What a beautiful post--your father sounds a lot like mine... a gentle, unforgetable soul. Thank you for sharing your happy memories :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing this with us - What wonderful memories you have of your father.
Thanks for stopping by and nice comment. Hope ou are enjoying the weekend.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a lovely tribute to your father! It made me miss my own dad who I had always thought must be the very best dad ever! He was always my #1 fan. :-) We both had our wonderful dads for many years. How blessed we are!

Balisha said...

After reading these comments, I guess many of us have had or have wonderful Dads.There's nothing like a Dad and daughter's relationship.My dad was always there to cheer me on...

Susy said...

It's really not all that common to hear of really great dads. You were blessed, and how wonderful he was with you for so many years. Blessings.

Tammy Chrzan said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely father!
Tammy x

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

What a lovely remembrance of your father. (Love the bows on your heads!) Mine would have been 102 or 103 this month!

Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comment!

debra @ homespun said...

OH what a wonderful nurturer..I especially love the part about him walking the babies in the restaurant to give the parents a break!

I am thinking that YOU must have given him a hard time when you were a baby so he wanted to spare others LOL! :) Just kidding, Balisha but I could not resist :)

Balisha said...

Now Debra....Whatever do you mean? I was the perfect child....NOT!
Balisha

Barbara said...

You were Blessed.