Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Dad's Day

One of my creations for my Dad

My Dad has always been "Dad."  Never "Father." 
He and Mother both taught me to love nature.
Dad taught me how to be quiet in the woods and how to "see things" in nature.
I am usually the first to spot a critter.
He taught me how to cast a fishing line in such a manner
 that amazed my son when he was young.
(I can also bait a hook and take a fish off a line, but don't often employ such skills.)
He felt it was important to learn to play chess.  I learned to play chess, but I don't think my moves through and usually lose quickly.  But, I know how to play chess.
He kicked my ass on a daily basis when I was younger and eventually kicked me out for arguing with him when I was nineteen. 
We had a few years of barely speaking to one another. 
Later in life, things were very tough for me, through the "lean years" of divorce, but I was strong because my Dad had made me tough.  
We no longer argue.
  I may disagree with him but I firmly say
 "I am not going to argue with you about this- but..." 
He now takes good care of my mother (which earlier in life I couldn't have imagined).
He is a diet-controlled diabetic and takes good care of himself.
He is helping my brother to get his life back on track.
We now have good talks.  Earlier in my life, I never thought that would happen. 
He quit smoking.
I don't think he drinks any longer.
He listens (most of the time).
He has softened.
He is my Dad.

5 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

That was such a nice tribute to your dad - I get you had issues - glad they were ironed out! sandie

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I like your list. I am glad that things have worked out for the two of you.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Cheryl, Sounds like lots of forgiveness has happened . . that's a good thing. My biological Dad passed away three years ago, my Step Dad was really my "real dad" since I was six years old and I love him too much . . he's been a good guy. Hope you are enjoyed your Sunday! Sandy:O)

Cheryl said...

Lovely post to your dad. Things change with time and love.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Nice card. Dads usually mellow when they get older. We feared our daddy when we were young cause he was quite strict! But now with his grandchildren, he is a pussycat! Patsy from
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