Today is Father’s Day. I had a wonderful Father. I probably didn’t appreciate him as much as I should have when I had him on this earth, but I knew my daddy loved me and cared for me.
My daddy was a farmer, first and foremost. He did have to work in a factory to make ends meet, but working on the farm was what he loved to do best. He was up early taking care of the animals and came home late at night from work at the factory. In Winters he would bring in armloads of wood to fuel the big stove that stood in our kitchen. He taught me that you fed and watered your animals before you ate or drank. He took very good care of his animals. Even though most would one day be on our table, they lived good lives. I would see my daddy hand feeding ears of corn to our cows. The cows loved him. I watched him wring chickens’ necks and then I would help him pull all the feathers off them to prepare them for my mother to cook them. He taught me how to do it properly and to get all the pin feathers off. I saw him cry over dogs and once he accidently ran over a dog with the hay cutter and cut off one of her legs and he rushed her to the vet and paid to have that dog cared for until she could walk again. She was a three legged dog, but she ran around like she had all four of them. He had a soft spot for all the animals on the farm.
My daddy had some tragedies in his life. His younger brother died at age twelve so he became the baby of the family and his three sisters spoiled him. My mother said they even brought him oranges at Christmas because they were afraid he wouldn’t get any! He had other tragedies which I find hard to write about, but he lived through them and became a better person because of them.
My daddy loved his family and loved when we all got together.
This is our boys with their Grandpa. He loved all his Grandchildren dearly.
My daddy and my mother were married for over fifty years. David and I just reached that anniversary and know that it takes a lot of work to keep a good marriage going. It’s not easy at times. My parents loved each other and were hardly ever separated. The one time they were separated and the first and only time my daddy flew in airplanes was when he had to go to some kind of training for his job. I went with my mother to the airport to pick him up and she was so excited and happy to see him again. She was like a school girl seeing her first crush for the first time when he got off that plane. Everyone should be loved that much.
We took a couple of vacations with my parents and had such a good time with them. So many wonderful memories. I can’t help but think Daddy looks like that man from the movie, “Up” in this picture. He was not grouchy like that man, though. Maybe all men get to looking like that when they get a certain age.
We took a train ride with them once. I think the first time either on had been on a train. It was fun traveling with my parents.
My daddy always smelled of Old Spice and cigarettes until he became a Christian and stopped smoking, cold turkey. I still love the smell of Old Spice because it makes me think of my daddy.
My daddy’s greatest joy was when we would sit down to a dinner and he would say that everything on our table was raised on our farm. We had our own milk, eggs, meat and vegetables from daddy’s huge garden.
I don’t know if your father is alive or has passed on, but if your father is with you, please take time to hug him and tell him you love him. I’d give anything to be able to see my daddy today, but I know he’s in Heaven waiting for me and that gives me great comfort. I hope he knows how much I loved him and appreciated him. Happy Father’s day to all you daddies everywhere.
I love you Daddy. Happy Father’s Day. Bye.