Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day!

I'm one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful father! Here's a picture of BigDaddy when he was a little boy, taken around 1934 or 1935. He's the little guy, next to his big brother. Isn't he a cutie? You can just see the mischief in his eye. I would loved to have been around back then. I suspect he was a handful when he was a little boy.

As an adult, he's been a lot of fun. He was such a gentle, loving father. He came by it honestly -- his father was that way too. When I was very young, my maternal grandfather was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Long before the days of Hospice, BigDaddy took a 4 month leave of absence from work, and our little family of four moved to my Grandma's house, so that BigDaddy could take care of his father-in-law in his last days. What an incredible thing to do -- that's the kind of big heart BigDaddy has.

I never remember him raising his voice to MyDadLovesMeBestSister and me. We adored him, so if we were acting up, all he had to do was look at us disapprovingly and we straightened right up. I also don't remember being spanked. I do remember the one time I learned just how smart he is. MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I must have done something to make him really mad. He told us that he would spank us in 30 minutes. Oh the suffering! 30 minutes (which is forever to a little girl) of worrying about a spanking-to-come was FAR worse than an actual spanking. We spent our 30 minutes trying to figure out how to soften the blow. Our final solution was for each of us to tuck a kitchen pan in our pants to shield our rear ends. I don't remember the spanking, but I sure remember the suffering that preceded it!

BigDaddy has always been surrounded by women and he's learned to go with the flow. Always game to visit a quilt shop or just hang out with the ladies. Remember that picture I posted in March of us in our aprons? That's typical Dad. But he's not a girly man! He holds his own with the manly men. He can do anything around the house -- from hang wallpaper to rebuild a car engine. And he's a fabulous woodworker.

Really, I must stop now. You get the picture. He's just perfect and I love him so! Happy Father's Day BigDaddy. You're a Good Egg!!!


P.S. Here's a sweet video, not really Father related, but perfect for Father's Day. It's been mentioned on several blogs, but if you haven't seen it, it's well worth it!


freddie said...

why is that Father's day? We have Father's day on the 17th of March here in Italy... anyway, nice story about your daddy, but mine is good too!
ciao from Rome

Junie said...

Anna - What a great Father's Day blog! Great pictures too! I can tell where you get your many talents and your kind heart....the egg doesn't fall far from the rooster ;-)

meggie said...

Lovely tribute to your father!
OUr Father's Day is not until September in OZ & NZ.

rohanknitter said...

What a lovely post about your dad. He sounds like a great guy.
Thanks for sharing that clip - amazing!

cherry menlove said...

What a super post. I loved reading it, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. Dad's are grrrreeeetttttaaaattttttttt!

Cherry xx

christina said...

Awww, he IS a cutie. I'm really far away from my dad but I phoned him yesterday and we had a nice chat.

Ragged Roses said...

Your dad looks and sounds wonderful - a real cutie!