I’m recycling this post from June 21, 2009.
Father’s Day is a bit different for our family. It is a day for me to remember my dad who passed away 1986 when I was 27. There is no celebration, just remembering.
Being the baby of the family, I had a special bond with my dad, I adored him. He was a quiet man, with a strong faith, loved his family and had solid work ethic. I would like to think I got that work ethic from him.
I also learned it’s better to back into a parking spot than to back out, and it’s better to be 1/2 hour early to something than one minute late!
We spent a lot of time together, even as a teen, I loved being with my dad, even as a teen, I loved our weekend camping trips, summer vacations and even just running an errand to the hardware store!
We shared a love of photography too. We have hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures and slides from camping trips and vacations. I would love to know what he would think of the digital world!
One silly memory of my dad was while we were on a 3 week vacation in Nova Scotia, my all time favorite vacation of all times with my parents, I think I was 12. We were at a campground that had a lake, and my dad decided to go off and relax on the beach for a bit. My mom and I were doing something else, so he went alone. As you can see from the pictures above, my dad was bald. He wrapped a towel around his head to keep it from burning while he “rested”. Well, he fell asleep, only to awaken with a sunburn. His head was white and he had fallen asleep with his right hand on his chest, so he had a big white mark that looked like he had his right hand over his heart!
I am sad that Tara never got a chance to know my dad. I tell her stories and I call him my dad, not her Pop-pop….
For Tara Father’s Day has NO meaning, as her father left us when she was an infant, and has had no postive impact on her life in anyway. For this I am sad as well! A little girl should have her daddy, but he choose otherwise, and I have done my best as a single mom.
(EDITED to add – Tara’s father passed away in December 2009)