Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day ~ A Tribute to My Dad

Today is Father's Day and I want to honor my dad.

The older I get the more I realize how fortunate I've been to have a father like mine.

I've never gone a day in my life doubting that he loved me. Even when I messed up (yes, I did that plenty), I knew my dad loved me. I'm finding out that's pretty rare for a father and daughter.

My dad was always excited with each of us kids. Here's a photo I found after my mom gave birth to my brother Steve. He was the first born and the roof my dad is standing on was my parent's first house. And my dad built it. It was in Smithtown, New York which is on Long Island. The sign says "It's a boy!"

This photo is my dad holding me in his arms and I was three months old.

During my high school years, my dad and mom were both very involved in my life. They knew all of my friends and boyfriends well. They wanted everyone to feel welcome at my house because this way they knew what was going on. Don't laugh at this photo but many many years ago, I was crowned Lindenhurst Centennial Queen and they were so proud. I had the opportunity to represent our village for one year in parades and events.

When I moved out to Phoenix my dad took the drive with me to get me settled. He always loved Corvettes so it was fun for him to drive my car.

One year we went to San Diego, California. We were both hobbling around since he had knee surgery and I tore ligaments in my ankle. So, we helped each other along the way.
My dad reads the newspaper cover to cover every morning. Of course, the sports page is always first.
My dad even let me teach him about computers. He now does email and goes on the internet and he's 80 years old. You're never too old to learn!

And finally, here's my dad overlooking his family farm in Sumstad, Norway.
He feels so at home here.

Dad, I'm sending you a big hug and my love across cyberspace.
Happy Father's Day!

13 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an awesome dad. What a nice picture tribute to him.

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  2. Happy Father's Day to your father!

    What a blessing he has been in your life!

    Lots of love to you!!!!!
    Jill

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  3. Lovely tribute to your dad. I read all the accompanying stories as well. You truly have been blessed to have had such an inspiring family. Love the photo of your dad at your parents' first house, where he's shouting from the rooftop. Very sweet.

    I'm glad I visited today.

    Jackie

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  4. Hi Debbie. What a sweet tribute to your dad! And might I add... you're looking great as the Lindenhurst Centennial Queen! :-) Happy Father's Day to him.

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  5. Happy Father's Day to all fathers of the World!

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  6. What a cutie! Yes, you as queen and your Daddy. :o)

    I'm glad you still have your Daddy!

    Love,
    Beth

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  7. These photos from the family albumn are precious, Debbie! Your dad looks like a great guy.

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  8. I hope both of my daughters will be able to look back on me with as much love and respect as you do upon your dad. Very nice post.

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  9. Such joy, such honor, such love. May the Lord continue to bless you with oodles of love today and everyday.

    Hugs from Costa Rica,
    Sarah Dawn

    I am always so blessed when I stop by, I'm going to follow along to not miss a thing.

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  10. Dear Debbie,
    I spend most of my time outdoors as long as iy isn't raining. Not much PC for me these summers days.

    Your dad seem to be just the kind of Dad everybody should have.
    Both proud and reliable for his daughter.
    You must be so happy to have him around even in his 80th year.
    I do miss my Dad. Just the other day I said to Gunnar,"let's call Dad. There were things we could not quite remember."
    A sting went through me. I cannot call him anymore.

    You were a royal as a beauty queen. No matter your parents were proud.
    From Felisol

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  11. wow! that's very wonderful of you, Debbie:)) Your Dad sure is so proud of you... Your Dad's picture on the roof was so much fun! I've never seen something like that before:)) it's very sweet of him to welcome his son:))
    The last part was kind of bitter-sweet though... he's back to his hometown and far from his kids... but I'm sure he's at peace:))

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