Saturday, June 14, 2008

A Marginally Happy Fathers Day!

If it will disappoint you that I have not lived a chosen life, skip my post today. Check back on Monday! Okay, Fathers Day.......my "original" father died a few years ago. I didn't go to the funeral. I know now I should have...not for me, but for my brother. For that I am sorry! I don't remember ever really "knowing" my Dad or yearning to spend time with him. He had demons, we all do, I know now. His were just very apparent. Because of my Dad, there a few things I know for sure~1. He was proud of us. He told me a million times that he was rich because of his children not the amount of money he had.
2. Education is vital. As a little girl, he would lick his finger and straighten out my eyebrows and say,"Your girlfriends and boyfriends will come and go but your education will be with you every minute of your life."
3. Some people are able to fight their demons and others are not. Dad was a drinker as long as I can remember and therefore, I am not. Never have been. I don't want to give that demon a chance.
I am also grateful that we were a part of his family. I have 9 or 10 aunts and uncles and 25 (or so) 1st cousins on Dad's side. I am glad he would rather leave us to play with our cousins than force us to tag along with him. My 4 closest cousins and I formed a wonderful bond that a lot of people don't experience. We learned to get along well and embrace our differences. (I am compiling a list of "farm" memories and will pull them out later.)
Thanks Dad, for giving me a brother and sister and marrying a nice lady after you and Mom divorced (thanks for that, too) and giving me a half-sister! I appreciate what you tried to do for us.

On Fathers Day, I also salute my granddaddy. His relationship with my mother has shown me that it is a wonderful thing for a girl to love her daddy. I have numerous wonderful memories of spending summers in Virginia with my grandparents. Granddaddy walked in the door just in time to sit at the table as The Andy Griffith Show came on the TV. (He and I "talk Andy" to this day.) His dedication to my grandmother such a wonderful testimate to his faith. If she gets up in the middle of the night, he gets up to check on her. I could write a book about my wonderful granddaddy (I may do that).
Big Daddy and Poppy have birthday's coming up, so they will get their very posts the first week of July. You won't need tissues for those!

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