Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Memories

I can't believe it's been ten years since we lost my dad, it still seems like yesterday. Today I wanted to re-share this special Father's Day post from two years ago.

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I had no idea how caught up I would get while searching through pictures for this Father's Day post. Memories of my dad surround me every day, but it's been quite a while since I looked through his old scrapbook and all of my albums.  So many pictures, so many happy times, and so many wonderful memories.  Happy Father's Day Dad.  We miss you every day!


Dad was the youngest of three children born in Medford, Massachusetts.  When my grandfather died in 1935, they all relocated here to California for a fresh new start.  Look at
 that sweet Dutch Boy haircut and the Mary Janes.

 My grandmother saved every newspaper article related to his high school sports and
college football days at Cal Poly.

Korean War veteran.
There's a note on back of this June 1952 picture assuring his mother that he didn't
 fire this old canon.

Proud first-time father to little ol' me.  
His dark wavy hair started to turn gray the year after I was born.  I must have been a
 real handful; thank you, Dad for not blaming me.

Proud first time grandfather to my son Neil.

Always a comedian.
Here he is in the mid 1990s trying to sell himself at one of our yard sales.
$3.50 was quite a bargain because he was also a fabulous cook!

Father's Day is a tough one for me.  I know it's hard for so many of us when the mothers and fathers we've loved all our lives are no longer physically with us.  The best decision I ever made was to call my dad early in the morning on June 20, 2004 to wish him a happy Father's Day.  I hesitated because I knew my mom would be trying to rush him out the door for church, but I called anyway and we had a nice conversation about the barbecue they went to at my brother's house the day before.  Much later that afternoon while we were all getting ready to take Mr. MST out to dinner, my mom called and had to tell us that my dad was no longer with us.  It didn't sink in.  I can't even begin to get into all the details and emotions because I still feel it just like it was yesterday.  I keep thinking about that old quote "Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today."  It's so true.  I'm so thankful for that last phone call.

I wish everyone a wonderful Father's Day.  If you're celebrating with your own father, grandfather, husband, brother, or son, give them all a big hug!


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20 comments:

  1. This is such a sweet tribute to your father, Betsy...I'm sure missing mine today, too. xoxo

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  2. Your Dad was so funny Betzzz! That's where you get your sense of humor.
    Big Hug!

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  3. Betsy,
    How sweet this post is about your dad. Oh the garage sale sign how cute is he LOL! What a great man he must have been. So happy you had that final conversation with your dad before he passed. What a wonderful gift for you to have. I hope all the wonderful memories will flood you today and Father's Day.
    Kris

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  4. What a precious post. I miss mine too. Your daddy was a nice looking man.

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  5. What a great story about your dad......a very nice looking man! I know how you feel, I miss my dad very much who has been gone for 13 years and my mom for 3. Such fond memories.
    Big Hug!

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  6. I have such a lump in my throat... This is a hard Father's Day at our house, on many levels. Loved reading your tribute.

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  7. OH, Betsy, I'm sorry that you lost your dad so suddenly like that! I'm so glad for you that you got to talk to him that morning...I'm sure that's some comfort. The pic of him at the garage sale is so sweet; he must've had a great sense of humor!
    Such a special post.
    Susan

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  8. Such a beautiful tribute to your father. I too believe in not putting off until tomorrow what we can do today...because you just never know what life holds. Blessings to you as you remember your sweet daddy.

    Hugs, Vicky

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  9. Thank you for sharing your story. And it is a powerful lesson to heed those instincts to act! So true about not putting things off. Best wishes to you as you remember his love for you.

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  10. Oh gosh, Betsy...tears AND laughter over here. That photo of your dad "selling himself" is hilarious!
    What a wonderful, sweet tribute this is to your dear dad.
    My dad has been battling cancer for several years, and I hate to say it, but I'm always wondering on a day like today (or birthdays, or holidays) if this will be the last...
    My parents are in California and us in Colorado, and it's hard not to be closer to them. You're so right, though- make those phone calls! Today my 16 year old is emailing my dad some photos of her and my other kids at his favorite spot to fish when he was well enough to come here.
    A big hug to you today, Betsy!

    Jeanette

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  11. I really enjoyed reading your tribute.(Love to photo of your Dad at the garage sale! What a hoot!)Thanks for sharing. :)
    I lost my Dad 3 years ago and my Mom 2 years ago. It's such a huge void not having them in my life.

    Hugs to you! Love your words of wisdom. xo - Julie

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  12. Father's Day is always tough after the loss of our Daddies. What a great Tribute to yours! There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss mine terribly too!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  13. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. It's wonderful that you have such loving memories.

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  14. This was a very touching post. I can understand how profound your emotions are on Fathers' Day. After reading all of the other comments, I feel such empathy for all of us daughters. No matter what our age, we never get over the loss of our fathers. In our hearts, and to the core of our beings, they were the one man in our lives that loved us for ourselves. Weren't we fortunate in life to have good fathers?

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  15. I do remember this post, as I remember him with his for sale sign. LOL Wonderful that you have such great memories of him. Great tribute - enjoyed reading it again.

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  16. That was lovely Betsy. Touching AND humorous at the same time. He was a handsome man, and obviously blessed with a great sense of humor. All we can really do is to try to be kind and patient with the ones we love, and who love us. How very fortunate for you both that you did indeed make that call.

    Thank you for your visit and your kind words today. I'm not sure if you hopped over to the other post that I linked to while you were there, but it was, coincidentally, a post about my dad as well.

    xxx

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  17. What a great post Betsy... love the photo of him at your yard sale!

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  18. I always say, listen to your heart. It is God's way of speaking to you. Your tribute to your dad is such a sweet one. I can see why you are such a wonderful person.

    much love...

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  19. I always say, listen to your heart. It is God's way of speaking to you. Your tribute to your dad is such a sweet one. I can see why you are such a wonderful person.

    much love...

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