Today is my dad's birthday....he would of been 94. My dad was special, especially to me. I was the youngest and he took me everywhere with him....at times even when he went to work. He gave me many gifts, the main gift was love followed closely by confidence. He always made me feel pretty, I always knew he was proud of me and I loved when he would say how nice I looked, I knew he was proud to take me with him. I have since realized how important it is to a daughter to know how "special" it is to have her father's approval. It was natural between my dad and I, we didn't have to work on our relationship as so many do today.....we accepted each other the way we were.
Now my dad wasn't perfect, although some things he did were. His lawns and gardens were beautiful. I could tell you what street I lived on and had you known my dad you would of been able to pick out our house immediately just by looking at his garden. He had a gift for growing things unfortunately a gift he didn't pass on to his children. None of us have ever been able to duplicate his efforts. He also instilled a strong faith in me, now this gift he passed on to all of us though only a few has accepted it. This is a gift I am forever grateful for, a gift that keeps on giving.
My dad was Irish, a very proud Irishman indeed. He was always impeccably dressed whenever he went out. He worked hard and he played hard. He loved his drink, sometimes too much and thankfully this was something that he didn't pass on to us either. In fact I consider this a gift as well, as we all knew how drinking changed people's personalities, we seen this in our dad and we learned this is not the way we wanted to be. He was funny and could make us all laugh, he had a temper and could make us all cry but always we knew he loved us. He gave us a strong work ethic, taught us to keep our word when we gave it and showed us that life could be lived so much easier with honey than vinegar. Oh how I loved him
Thank you dad for all you were and are in my life. All the lessons you taught have been used in my life many times. I love you dad and miss you even more.
God Bless my friends.......many, many hugs.......:-)