Sunday, June 18, 2006


"...once upon a time, the world was sweeter than we knew, all the dreams were mine, how happy I was then....but once upon a time, never comes again.." Born after 5 years of marriage, and a child they never expected to have, I was a "daddy's girl". He could do anything, fix anything, had all the answers, and almost always a nickle for a popcicle or candy bar. He was the wind beneath my wings, as I learned to fly. Childhood bumps and bruised, scary hospitals and surgeries all got better, if he was there. He was a very patient man, who taught me much as I tagged along behind him. He showed me little plants in the woods, how to catch fish, where the best blueberries were, and so much more. He was born in 1911, married in 1935 as the USA was coming out of the Great Depression. I don't think life was ever easy for him, he worked hard always, supporting my mom, us three girls and my live-in grandma. Almost always, he worked at least 2 jobs to make ends meet. I had always thought I looked like my mom's side of the family. Lately I come to realize how much my 7 years old self(in this picture) looks like my Dad. My blond hair and blue eyes are a throw back to his family, and neither of my sisters have them. Happy Father's Day, Dad, I love you and miss every day. Posted by Picasa

14 comments:

Rae said...

No wonder I feel a kinship to you. I stopped by to say that I hope your eyes are doing better. And to sugest you stop by my blog as I have posted more of my grandma's blocks.
But then I read your most rescent blog. We do have a lot in common. My parents were born with in a year or 2 of yours. Got married near the begining of WWII. I had only 1 sister though. She is older. My dad worked 2 jobes often to suport us. Sometimes my mom worked (in the home) to help with support. My Grandma lived with us. etc,etc.

Rae

cher said...

what a sweet sounding man. sounds like you were lucky to have him as a dad...and no doubt he felt the same about you Finn. enjoy the day!

cindyquilts said...

Finn ... What a handsome man and I think you do look a lot like him. He sounds like the kind of man many of us had for fathers and uncles.

Best wishes,
Cindy B.

anne bebbington said...

Your post made me so thankful that my dad is still around :o)

Bonnie said...

Your dad looks like such a nice man. How blessed you are to have had a good dad. (I did too.)

Screen Door said...

I love your photos - what a treasure. Next time go home (louisiana) I must see if Momma will part with some. Our hair can change with a bottle. Clothing changes with fashion trends or our size (present company excluded).
Contacts can even change eye color. Time stands still for no one, but photographs allow time to freeze for a moment capturing memories.

Lily said...

Finn I think you have your Dad's smile.

The Great Depression had a huge impact on our family too. My grandfather only stopped working when he reached 80. Just couldn't bring himself to stop. He enjoyed helping the young fellas too, so it wasn't all bad!

Love the photo :)

Vicky said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father! Our dads were born the same year ... things were rough back then, but we didn't know it. Looking back, one of my fondest memories of Dad was when he would sit on the floor, all 6'4 of him, and play jacks with me! LOL!

Thanks for sharing your family with us.

((HUGS))
Vicky

Patty said...

A good and kind father is lifes greatest gift. Mine is still with me and I count it a blessing every day.
I love your family photo !

YankeeQuilter said...

What a nice why to pay tribute to your Dad.
Siobhan

Katie said...

Gosh, my dad was also born in 1911. I'm also an unexpected child, born when my dad was 30 years old. He was 93 when he died - a lifetime of history. Thanks for your memories and inspiring mine.

Fiona said...

That's a lovely photograph, your Dad looks so kind. I'm sure he was as proud of you as you clearly are of him.

Maggie Ann said...

What a precious family! I enjoyed your post Dear Finn. I hope your eyes are doing better today.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Finn I hope your eyes are getting better and that was a lovely tribute to your dad. We girls look up to our dads, don't we? I'll always remember mine because he was a mother & a dad to me.