My Dad

My Dad was a happy guy. Even in this picture taken shortly before his death, he never complained. He lost his wife, his house, his driver’s license and his mind but he was never angry (at least that he showed). Father’s Day used to include a big party up at Camp Veritans–my Dad ran the games. He was always a fun dad and was very encouraging of my art and music. I miss him. 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and to the moms who did double duty. 

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19 responses to “My Dad”

  1. outsideauthority says :

    Lovely photo, lovely memories


  2. Mary Brearley says :

    Yes- he looks a lovely man!


  3. Poet Rummager says :

    A life well lived is one filled with simple joy. Touching reflections. xo

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  4. Susan Feniak says :

    Nicely done. Fond memories are hard to beat.


  5. memadtwo says :

    What a wonderful photo! (K)


    • memadtwo says :

      I used to entertain at the Senior Day Care where my Dad went. The day he slept through my performance was the beginning of the end, I knew. He was gone shortly after.


  6. Phil Cooper says :

    What a lovely picture and a lovely post


  7. Carol A. More says :

    This picture and your lovely heartfelt words brought tears to my eyes but gave me pause to honor my own long-gone father. Thank you. Daughters of fathers like yours are the kindest (and most talented) people I’ve known.

    Your post also brought a memory back to me: one of my father stuck in a nursing home while recovering from an episode of front-lobe dimentia (unable to walk without cause). He suddenly sat up, pressed his hands to his face and said “I’ve lost everything. My life, my home, my hearing, my sight, my mind, my legs….what’s left to live for?” I had no words of comfort and could only sit with him, witnessing a moment of surrender. I held it together until I left his room, then cried all the way home. It was the saddest moment.

    To everyone’s father: (regardless of the good or bad or a mix of both) you’ve helped carve out a life here and for that I, and everyone whose paths have crossed it, say, thank you and Happy Father’s Day.


    • memadtwo says :

      His was a life well lived. I honestly never saw him in a bad mood (and my mom picked on him mercilessly). I try not to do that with my husband. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’ve been having a hard time lately processing my own situation and thinking “what’s left to live for” is a tough one. (I’m not quite there yet, thank goodness). It was beyond difficult to see my brave and brilliant father fall into dementia but also an honor to have him live with us for the year and two weeks after my mother died.


  8. melbasnaturalbydesign says :

    I love this photo. It is simply precious. Happy Father’s Day!


  9. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Hi, Nina – love how you remember your dad, what nice things to say and memories to have of a man who helped make you who you are today.


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