Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throw Back Thursday: In Remembrance of My Dad on His Birthday

My dad would have been 71 this year.  He passed away in September of 2011.  I see him still in so many places: in a man walking his dog, a Marine Corps bumper sticker on the back of a car, the image of a wolf, a jigsaw puzzle, the books on my shelves, a taste of lemon pie, a war or action movie, the mountains on the horizon that I see on my way to work every day, my daughter's eyes, and in some of my own words and mannerisms.  I hear his voice sometimes. I know he would be proud of my brother and me.  He would also be proud of my mom and my half-sister, and most especially his two granddaughters.   Miss you, Dad. 

My dad, brother, Huppy, and I at Donner Pass, 1985
(Camping was one of my father's favorite hobbies.)



The graduate, June 1986

(My dad, a career Marine, had been told by his teachers in high school he wouldn't survive college.  Years later, he was so proud to prove them wrong, a straight A student, receiving his Associates degree in Accounting.)

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15 comments:

  1. That is a really nice tribute to your dad. I think what makes me the most emotional about the loss of my grandparents is that they never got to meet my kids (the sweet, amiable, obeying ones when they were like 5).

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  2. What a lovely tribute to your dad, Wendy. They never really leave us, do they?

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  3. Their influence remains. Beautiful tribute, Wendy.

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  4. Lovely :*) Your dad sounds like he was quite the guy.

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  5. This is so lovely! My dad passed away 12 years ago and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him. Sending you a hug, Wendy!

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  6. They are out of our sight, and it's hard to be able to hug them, but they are never truly gone, are they? Lovely tribute!

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  7. Lovely post and tribute. I had to laugh about him proving his teachers wrong. What a great story to have.

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  8. I agree with everyone who said this was a lovely tribute to your Dad. It made me tear up.

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  9. Wonderful tribute to your father. Loved ones are never forgotten.

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  10. What a lovely post Wendy! He will always be in your heart :)

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  11. A nice tribute to your dad. I love that you can see him in so many places. He will always be with you.

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  12. So sorry to hear of missing your dad. Ugh that's rough. Sounded like a terrific person, who's not forgotten. Nice post. http://www.thecuecard.com/

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  13. Thank you all for your kind comments! Sometimes it is still hard to believe he's gone. He wasn't perfect, but he loved me, and I do miss him.

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