Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Fathers Day

The man I called father was not my biological father but he raised me. He was an intelligent man, with a gift of humor. He was also gifted musically.

His job was that of a postman. Before he went off to war he was called the whistling mailman but the whistle was gone for awhile after the war.

I remember the vacations we would take each year. We would take a month and traveling by car and sleeping in a tent we would see the USA.

I remember making kites and going to the park to fly them.

I also remember the long days for him at Christmas.
I loved my father and the things I loved about my father is also what I love about Dr John

Happy Fathers Day to my sons who are also great fathers.

I also want to comment about another father that I learned about from my friend in the hospital. When she came out of her coma she saw by her bed her x-husband who she hasn't been with for 28 years. The children who couldn't be there with their mother called their father and he drove 6 hours and picked up his former mother-in-law,bring her to the hospital because his children requested it. Happy Fathers Day "B"


Blogger Chana said...

what a wonderful ex-husband. i can honestly say that as much as there were reasons why my ex and i are not together that i could call him and he would come. no questions asked and no hesitance from either of us. and that in itself is love and a wonderful gift. as we may not be married, we are still family.

Your post is so touching. I loved how you said that what you loved about your father is what you love of Dr. John. I love those words. They are overwhelming true. What a love you both share. What an example you are both to your children. Of course your sons are wonderful men and husbands and fathers. Happy Day to you all, in heaven and on earth.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

That was a touching post Betty...the whistleing postman... I can imagine that his whistle was gone for a while after the war. Your vacation trip sounds like so much fun!

If I called my X he would come ..or if something happened to him I would go...for my kids. You have to always remember that he is their Father. Some hang on to all the bitterness but you have to let it go to be a whole person. Its better for everyone that way.

6:46 AM  
Blogger kristi said...

Anyone can be a "father" but it takes a real man to be a dad. It sound like you had a wonderful dad. You have so many good memories of your childhood because of him

7:28 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

We took a couple of those long car vacations when I was a kid. I don't think many people do that much anymore.

2:50 PM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

Hi, Betty! Thanks, so much, for sharing your memories of your father with us. I hope Dr. John and your boys enjoyed a wonderful Father's Day! They're lucky to have you!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

oh Betty i just read your comment of your smallest grandchild and the turtle. thanking you so much for sharing it. how lovely that swim must have been. i cannot believe they are just there, at a arms reach. i wish i could go there and see them and play with them. here they are very hard to buy. the laws were changed many yrs ago and only one type is available and beyond expensive. i love them so much i wouldn't want to keep one at home without a huge place and all that i could give it. so i rather dream of them and love them from afar. but i will someday go where you can just find them like you describe and probably never leave, lol...your grandsons sound so lovely and the little one with the turtle, tell him that i understand his love and his farewell...hugs Betty.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I am so glad that you have such special memories! He sounds like a wonderful man we all would have been blessed to know.

That is one heck of a ex husband!

6:09 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Wow...I have chills reading your post. I am glad you have good memories of your dad. We are looking forward to seeing the train layout this weekend.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

You were very lucky. What a nice picture of a father.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

What a wonderful father. I wish my parents would have taken me on trips around the country.

It makes me think about doing that with Belle. She would love that.

You have wonderful father's in your family! Lucky girl. ;)

9:03 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Thats such a sweet story. :)
I agree with kristi- it takes a special person to be a Dad.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

A very nice tribute to your father. My dad also was not my biological father, but I feel much the same way you do.

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day via Dr. John.

4:34 AM  

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