Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Daddy, My Hero

With Father's Day approaching this Sunday, my thoughts this evening are turning toward my hero, my daddy. My daddy loved his family and took great pride in providing for his family. He worked all one autumn digging up tree stumps from a farmer's field to have enough money to buy a winter coat for my sister, Myra, when she was just a young girl. My mother had Parkinson's Disease and for the last ten years of her life, my daddy was momma's major caregiver. Daddy had two daughters, Myra and I, and no sons. I suppose I turned out to be his surrogate son. We went fishing together and watched sports together. To this day, I love to go fishing and usually always watch some sporting event on tv and not a whole lot of anything else. Daddy was "Pop" to his grandchildren and let me tell you, he worshipped the ground they walked on. My boys would say, "Pop, have you seen that new Monster Wheels Truck at Wal-Mart?" and daddy would say, "No, I don't think I have. Let's go take a look at one because I think you need one of those." They would soon be back home with the latest Monster Truck one for each, Jeremy and Aaron. Tonight I am thankful for my daddy and the legacy he left for our entire family. He was a man of God and treated all people with respect and dignity. He loved to laugh and have a good time. His presence is with me each day. I have raised two sons, and I can see my daddy in them as they love their families and strive to meet the needs of their wives and children. I am wishing all father's everywhere the happiest of Father's Day and thank you for the positive influences you have made in our lives. Sending love to each of you, sweet friends.


Julie Harward said...

Vicki, this is just beautiful...thank Heaven for good Daddies huh! They are so good for little girls. Yours sounds like a really great one, it's wonderful that you were so close to him. I sure miss my Daddy too. Come say hi :D

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh, Vicki, what a lovely tribute to your dear daddy. I miss mine, too, so very much.

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Vicki, this is the most loving tribute to your dear father. I have tears in my eyes. I think there is a special place in Heaven for men who are so good to their wives, and your dad is right there. So is mine. I was a Daddy's girl, too. Loved reading this, dear friend.


Sheila :-)

Shelia said...

Hi Vicki, this was so sweet about your father. What a blessing to have all these wonderful memories for you and your sons to relive. I had a special relationship with mine too. He's in heaven now.
Isn't that something? We may have seen each other and in Roswell just didn't know! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Vicki, what a very sweet post! You have been blessed to have such precious memories of your Daddy. Thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful day!

Pom Pom said...

Your papa sounds like a true servant. Servants make an eternal impact on the world.

Lori said...

oh, that is a beautiful tribute to your father Vicki...he sounds like he was a wonderful man, father, and grandfather....thanks for sharing!!!

Paulina said...

Dear Vicki, thank you for sharing your lovely memories of your father, such loving memories he's left behind :o)

God bless you my dear.

Marydon said...

You are so fortunate to have wonderful memories to treasure & share ... you were truly blessed with your Father.

Happy Father's Day to your hubs.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello sweet friend! What wonderful memories of your daddy. I was a daddy's girl too. You were very blessed to have him for a daddy, and your sons blessed to have him as their grandpa.

Bunny Hugs,

Dianne said...

What a legacy!

I wish every child could someday write a post as you have written.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh Vicki, as always when you and I reminisce I am teary eyed... your daddy was (is) such a wonderful man... and I can just feel the love you have for him... how kind and caring he was (is... I have posted before that I still refer to loved ones who have passed on in the present tense... their passing did not change their souls) your family, ours had no boys either, and I was sort of the tomboy who did alot of things with my daddy as you did with yours...I love that you can see your daddy in your precious sons... thank you for sharing a very personal, beautiful tribute to your dear daddy... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

fannipauline said...

A very beautiful tribute to you dad.......I love your quote -"Don't be afraid of tomorrow, For God is already there" What a wonderful and loving thought and oh, so true.
Hugs, Pauline

Terri said...

I so appreciate your loving tribute to your wonderful father. I am so happy for you and your family that you had him to share your life with.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hello Vicki,
What a lovely, heartfelt tribute to your father.
I have very special memories of my "Daddy" as well and my children have been blessed with a wonderful father, too.

Leann said...

What a sweet tribute to your Daddy. Enjoy your memories.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Vicki, you always have the most sincere, honest and heartfelt posts. This is beautiful and your daddy sounds like he was a strong and loving man. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, many blessings, Tammy

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Dear Vicki..

Not only a wonderful tribute to your dad but also a testimony to his goodness. What a lucky girl you were to have had such a wonderful father....and the legacy lives on in your boys. Isn't that so amazing?

Blessings to all...

Warm huggies,

someplace in thyme said...

Oh Vicki, there is no greater tribute to a loved father than yours. When I read your post, it took me back to a time in life when families stood together and respected one another. A simplier times of hard work and devotion. Sadly, my father and father in law are gone and very missed to this day. I think there are many of us that will thinking about these wonderful men tomorrow. Thankyou so much for a beautiful post. Char

shirley said...

Dear Vicki, what lovely memories of your sweet daddy. I miss mine so much and it seems like a life time since he has hugged me. I miss him so. We can only honor our dad's and know they did us well. Happy Fathers day to all of us daughters...

Steve Ballmer said...

Very touching my friend!

Maria said...

Hi Vicki~
You have such a wonderful way to weave a story right into our hearts and make them a memory!
"I think you need one of those..." We all need someone to say that to us once in a while! What a sweet and gentle man you father must have been!

Vicki, I love your new blog photo collage... how sweet it is!
Happy Father's Day in memory of your father and to all the Dads in your world!

June said...

Waht a wonderful tribute to a wonderful dad! When you wrote that he treated everyone with respect and dignity, I thought to myself...and therein lies his greatness! To me that is the measure of a man (or woman). Thank you for posting this Vicki, I enjoyed hearing your love today!

carolannesboutique said...

Hi Vicki,
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your very lovely comment sweetie!
I so enjoyed reading your beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your Dad. He sounds like he was such a very kind and gentle man. I was close to my Dad too and I miss him more than any words can say. You are truly blessed to have had such a wonderful & loving Dad and to have such happy memories to cherish.
Wishing you a beautiful day with your very precious family.
Love to you always sweet friend~
Carol Anne

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Hello Vickie,

Eventhough you grew up with those adventures like a young boy would have, you still love teacups and everything pretty :-)

Your father sound like a wonderful man and a loving one at that. It is so cute to picture him with your sons in that conversation you just shared :-)

And most importantly - - a man of God. How blessed we are to have such fathers who taught us of him. I do believe that loving God first, everything else will follow - - family, friends, fellowmen. You are blessed!

Also, I would like to thank you for your kind words and for the prayers for my family too. We needed that and we continue still. I appreciate it and it truly helped :-)