IN LIFE AS IN THE DANCE : GRACE GLIDES

ON BLISTERED FEET.
---Alice Abrams

Saturday, June 16, 2007

My Dad...

1919 - 1969He was taken too soon, this man - my dad..I only knew him through the eyes of a child,
a young mother; I never got the chance to know him with the heart of an adult.
But watching him, learning from him through those child's eyes I learned lessons never
taught in books. He taught me kindness, compassion, to love creatures, great and small;
to shun conceit and love of self but to walk softly and put others first as he did.
I miss him every day - a pain that catches in my very being, almost making it physical.
He loved my mother more than anything and made certain that my brother and I knew it.
He served his country in the F.B.I., lamenting that his service was only spent in finding and sobering up AWOL sailors and soldiers. He detested it...and made his way in private enterprise until his untimely death. My mother continued in his steps until her death in 1992. Their love story was the stuff that every one hopes their marriage can be built upon; mutual faith, love, trust and committment. Real and devoted.
Dad, this is my 38th year without having that Hallmark moment with you...but I'm positive
that you are aware of my love for you and the thanks in my heart for your steadfast love and care.
HAPPY
FATHER'S
DAY

13 comments:

Ambulance Driver said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! Thank you for sharing it with us!

sasha said...

That's a very touching post for your dad, Gracie! I'm sure he's smiling down on you right now. And yes, he knows how much you love him.

Happy father's day to our dads :)

Cathy said...

Thank you. That was lovely.

Comedy + said...

Oh Gracie, you made me cry. What a touching tribute to your father. You are indeed a most wonderful, loving person. :)

Travis said...

Wonderful tribute to your father. He sounds like a fine man.

Lynne said...

Hillary,

This is indeed a beautiful tribute! I wish I could share such wonderful feelings about my father, but I am grateful to have loved and been loved by yours. The most meaningful memories I have of him are those of "unconditional love"...something very unfamiliar to me until your family invited me into your home and yours hearts.

Happy Father's Day Dear Uncle Clayton.

Lynne

Shaz said...

This is the most heart warming Father's day tribute I have read today, thank you x x x

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i am so sorry he was taken so early honey...

smiles, bee

Desert Songbird said...

Taken too early, but he left a lasting legacy in you, dear Gracie.

Morgen said...

A great tribute to your dad.
I think it's awesome how he was a part of the history of Southern California!

Ron Simpson said...

my father died when I was 15. I never got the chance to really know him. His father died when my dad was 2. I intend to break the short tradition of men in my family dying young and leaving kids to grow up without them.

Crazy Working Mom said...

What a fabulous tribute. You're a great lady, Grace and I'm sure your father was very proud of you!!

Happy Father's Day indeed.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Gracie. Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute for your father. I'm sorry that he passed away so early in life. I hope that he is looking down on you with peace and love in his heart.