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FATHER’S DAY 2012: Oh Dad, I Miss You

Loving thoughts of my dad on a special day set aside to honor dads across the country.

How appropriate to start my blog for FATHER’S DAY.

Oh, how I miss my dad.

It’s been about 28 years since dad went to be with our Lord but not a day goes by that I don’t think of him, miss him, love and adore him dearly.

As a teen, I was the last one of eight children still at home. Dad and I did everything together. I was always outside helping him with the gardening and yard work. Or doing woodworking in the garage. Dad was great!

And talk about green thumbs. Each year, even when his health was failing, he planted big boy tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and yellow tomatoes — enough to keep a few of us set for the season. And flowers: WOW! 

I’ll always remember the front walk leading to the house would be lined with peony bushes; and along the side of the house and the front of the garage were the most beautiful, fragrant roses you ever laid eyes on. And, of course, dad had to have the greenest, no-weeds aloud, perfectly trimmed lawn on the block.

Dad loved us, all eight of us, and my mom. He worked hard to provide a good home for his family, even after his health began to fail, he continued to work part-time, post-retirement. Dad was always there for me when I needed him. No matter what. No matter when. No matter where. What I wouldn’t give for just one more hug from my dad.

For those of you like me, please always cherish those memories of daddy's love. And for all you sons and daughters out there that are blessed to still have your dad, I beg of you; don’t take him for granted — not for a moment. Remember him this FATHER’S DAY! Tell your dad you love him and tell him often. Show him you care. Be there for him if and when he needs you. Because one day you may be like me — missing my dad so-o-o-o much on FATHER’S DAY.

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mau June 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Sorry for your loss too. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my dad and my mom. Our relationship wasn't always rosey but the good memories far outweight the bad. And I should say the same goes for my extra special father-in-law who is also gone but not forgotten.
Cricket June 17, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Love and miss my dad very much. 4 1/2 years gone. Will always be my papa though.
Melissa P. June 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM
My dad is still alive and I could not imagine being without him. Thank you for the reminder to cherish the moments and I am sorry your dad is not here physically today, but he is here. :)
Darcie Koreen June 18, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Cricket "PAPA" I love that! Occasionally I wish we called our folks "mama & papa" rather than "mom & dad". It sounds. . . more cozy. Keep those lovin' memories, Cricket; they can get you thru the rough times.
Cindy Douglas June 22, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I think of my dad so often too. He passed away at an early age of 60. Our one son never got to know him and that 's the part that makes me sad. Our boys never had a granddad to do the things that other grandchildren have a chance to do with theirs. My dad taught me how to change the oil in my car not to mention other things. I remember helping my dad some on a restoration of an old Model A. I loved driving in it! I was so proud when he'd take me to school in it--no other father had one like it, but my dad did! We went fishing together up at our cottage up north of Green Bay. That was the love of his life, that getaway up there. As a teenager, we would go to auctions in the area finding treasures for the cottage up north. These moments I miss. He taught me many life's lessons, including how to reuse things instead of throwing things away. He loved people, and he cared for others. I am a chip off the old block and am proud to say that I am! Thanks for a great article to remember our dads with!

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