Wow! I never expected so many amazing stories from so many people. I actually had to fly out to our corporate office on Sunday afternoon (yes Father's Day) and I found myself on the plane reading the beginning of the comments and fighting back tears. I had a dear old lady sitting next too me asking me if I was okay... Thanks you for sharing and celebrating with me the fond memories of our dads!
I have goodies for honorable mentions too....
So it was hard but here is the winner:
While I have many good memories of growing up with my dad, one always comes to the top of my heart when I think way back about how much he cares about me. I was very sick at one point in time, having several bouts of tonisilitis as a kid. On this one particular time, I remember feeling so awful laying on the couch, just crying I was so miserable. And I remember my dad kneeling down before he went to work that day kissing me and asking me what he could do to help me feel better. I said, "I want a puppy." His eyes were so sad and I didn't know why (much later I realized it was because we couldn't have a puppy or dog at that time). When he got home that evening he came back over to me on the couch and woke me up. I rolled over and he pulled out a little St. Bernard puppy stuffed animal. It wasn't truly what I had asked for, but it was at the same time, and exactly what my father could provide. I wonder now, what he had thought about all day and where he ended up going to get that stuffed animal, as his job was construction work and we didn't have malls or stores like that close by. That stuffed animal (named Bernard)has been in my possession ever since. Even now that I'm 40, I still have him! And when I look at him, I just feel in my heart how much my dad loved/loves me!
Posted by: Kai | Jun 20, 2010 7:49:44 PM
As a single mom, I raised both my daughters (ages 23 and 20) by myself and I was always rewarded with Mothers Day and Fathers Day projects from school and cards every year. I had always told my girls that I was both parents to them but in reality, I was always so worried about how this was really affecting them. My fears were laid to rest this Fathers Day when I received a message from my oldest daughter who stated that even though I was her mom, I was the best father she could have ever had and she had no regrets about how she was raised and even that she is stronger because she had seen how hard I worked to make our family successful. Needless to say, I cried and realized that being a father is a state of mind more so than anything else. I am blessed (and relieved) to know that my girls have been raised by both a mother and father regardless if they are one and the same.
I am glad that you got to share so many great memories with your father and now with your son...Happy Father's Day to you and all the "real" dads out there!!
Posted by: Sharon Sprouse | Jun 22, 2010 3:30:22 PM
Thanks for sharing your Father moments with us. I have three boys so I can totally relate to the photo. I have many photos like that of my husband and boys.
I lost my dad a few years ago to heart disease. The good news is that he was never ill and really enjoyed his life while he was here. My little story about Daddy is so typical of our life with him. Our lakehouse flooded and when cleaning it out, he crawled into the giant AC duct with a blow torch to dry it out...yes, you heard me correctly. My sister and brother were in the house with me and we heard a big "POOF!" sound and then black smoke billowed out and Daddy was saying "its fine..." He comes out with a black face, no eyebrows and says "it's dry now". My sister was crying, my brother and I were telling him how dangerous that was. We were so mad. Now years later, it's one of our favorite stories and I so wish I had that photo to scrapbook. LOL!!!!!
Posted by: susan stringfellow | Jun 21, 2010 5:29:04 PM
My best dad moment was helping my dad paint the house about 12 years ago. We were cleaning out his desk drawers when I came upon a small list of license plate numbers. The bottom number looked familiar; it was the plate number to my now husband. I asked my dad what the list was and he just smiled and asked me what he always did when I went out with a boy...
I remembered that he always embarrased me by going out to the car with us and watching us drive away. It donned on me that he was getting the license plate number of the car I was leaving in. That list is still in the desk drawer and it will stay there!
Happy Father's Day, Thom!
Posted by: Dianna | Jun 20, 2010 7:00:20 PM
I will contact you next week for contact information.
Also, Visit CK's Blog to hear what Sharon Ann has been up to http://www.creatingkeepsakesblog.com/blog/2010/06/25/guest-blogger-sharon-ann-from-little-yellow-bicycle . They featured her as the guest blogger today and it's a great little story.
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