21 Jun Happy Fathers Day!
My Dad is a great Dad.Tall in stature and big in heart.
Growing up my Dad had a dark room where he would have his photographs processed, many in black and white, so we were told to smile at an early age.
We have tons of pictures of us as kids. I went through many pictures and remembered when I smiled proudly in my Brownie and Girl Scout uniform, happily adorning the badges I so proudly earned.
I remember Dad taking me to my softball games, and me playing catcher or left field, and yet, being consoled when I stuck out. So many memories of growing up, it all seems so long ago. When we get together we now laugh at some of the stories. My Dad can always tell a good joke! He has a memory for them, me… not so much.
Dad absolutely loved the movie , Best in Show, and it became such a joke among us where he would say, “Did you see that movie, Best in Show.” hahaha.
Dad has an amazing vocabulary and we told him that he should have gone on Jeopardy! He works on crosswords endlessly, usually sitting in the large, brown weathered soft chair up early in the morning.
My Dad has had different jobs as I grew up, but one of his first was being a bus driver for Port Authority. Wow, the stories we heard. The man with long hair on one side, and no hair on the other, who had done a comb over, only for it to fly back when the wind hit him. Tales of the Bus: My dad could write a book.
He has also taught the visually impaired for many years as did my mother. They both found it to be a rewarding job.
Dad has many stories to tell, but as we got older, we realized that some of the stories were retold. When we heard the beginning of a familiar tale, we all would chime in simultaneously, ” Heard That!.” So now, Dad utters three words before he gets to often hear our chorus! We love the story of when he was at an event where people were tasting wine, how refined and dignified. haha! A man approached my dad and ask what he enjoyed, one of his favorites, and dad said, “Reunite”. We get such a chuckle, this was when it was popular on tv, ” Reunite it tastes so nice, Reunite natural on ice.” You remember the commercial!
My Dad has always been there to listen. When I first was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos disease, and pain was unbearable, I would often call and speak to Dad as he had understanding and comforting words to say. Dad has been there in good and bad times.
We have heard stories of his brush with fame in theatre, where his one line was ” How bout them peaches?” He practiced diligently, however the inflection came out all wrong and his drama career was at an impasse. Dad was ahead of his time in fashion, as he speaks of himself wearing a trench coat and carrying a brief case in high school.
I love my Dad with my heart
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DAD!
Dedicated to my Dad, Ron