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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: Why I Love My Dad
By Patricia Sprague


Father’s Day, this year will be a bittersweet time for my siblings and me. My father departed from this earth on December 15th, 2004. Bitter, because I miss him terribly, sweet because of the legacy and love that he left to us.

I love my dad because he was a hard workingman, caring for my mom and the 7 of us! He often worked two jobs to provide for his family. We never lacked as I could tell, if we were still hungry at the table, there was plenty of bread and gravy!

I love my dad because he loved to sing. I remember him bellowing out,” Old Man River” and then softly singing to us girls, “And Your Daddy’s Little Girl”. He sang the ABC song to us, which always made me feel special. A… Your adorable, B…You’re so beautiful, C... “You’re a cutie full of charm…”. We all sang sweetly to him as he peacefully left us last December.

I love my dad because he was truly an exceptional gardener. I believe anything he planted thrived and flourished. Everywhere we had lived, he had transformed a plain yard into beds of blooming flowers, beautiful roses and stately trees. He taught me how to keep the gardens weeded! My brother, Jim’s tribute that he wrote stated at the funeral was…” He spent thousands of hours with back bent, nurturing his plants. This was the core of his spirituality, the years he spent on his knees bringing beauty into the world.”

I love my dad for his faith in God. Even though, his faith was quiet and private, he wanted his children to be taught of God through a private school, and sacrificed his own desires and even needs to provide that kind of education.

I love my dad because he served his country in World War 2. I know that the horror of that war haunted my dad, and yet he never regretted serving the country he loved and his desire to secure freedom for his generation and generations to come.

I love my dad because he loved my mom. When mom departed before dad, their marriage had been over 58 years long. At their 50th wedding anniversary, he had tears streaming down his face as he praised and honored his wife. Their devotion to each other was precious.

I love my dad for his humor and his strength. Again, my brother Jim said it best….
“Even on his deathbed, fully aware of his fate, dad laughed and kidded with us. With his iron will, he refused to give up. As we kept vigil, dad slept through the night and didn’t slip away in the darkness. He never gave in. He waited to greet the new day and the full light of the afternoon. And when he drew his last breath that golden heart of his beat on still until, finally, it too stopped. A spirit as strong as dad’s doesn’t cease to exist. It goes on, free from its mortal confinement. A part of it lives in each and every one of us who have known him and love him still. That is the legacy that he has left for us.”

So, to all who have their fathers with them still on this earth, please won’t you see them this Father’s day and tell them how much you love them and appreciate them? Would you give them a hug from me to?

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Carol Shaffron06/14/05
Your description of your memories and tribute to your Dad is a blessed gift to read.
Jessica Campbell06/14/05
What a wonderful remeberance writing this is. May God bless you.
Holly Laux06/14/05
Blessed are the Father's who teach their children about God's love. Your father is a reflection of Christ our Lord. The memories are abundant for you my friend, may God continue to bless you. Beautifully written!
Joyce Simoneaux06/14/05
The many ways you loved and honored your father are something to be envied by those of us who have no such memories of a father. You honored him beautifully with your words.
Shari Armstrong 06/14/05
What a beautiful account of a wonderful father!
Amy Verlennich06/15/05
I know that my husband would pray to have such wonderful things remembered of him from his children as well. Thanks for your memories.
Lynda Lee Schab 06/18/05
I was right there with you through your trip down Memory Lane. Thanks for sharing your amazing father. With a little grammatical editing, this one could be a winner.
Blessings, Lynda
Michelle Burkhardt06/19/05
Nice tribute to your dad. I love hearing when a man is such a good dad. Thanks for sharing.