A Special Time with Dad

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No matter how busy the schedule or how far the distance, we seem to go through life thinking, "I will always have tomorrow". Then suddenly, out of the blue, tomorrow never comes. All we can do is cherish the time we have, remind our loved ones how much we love them while they are here, and keep the happy memories shared with those we love near and dear to our heart.

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My dad was a wonderful loving father who always put his family first. He loved traveling, camping, hiking, family game nights, picnics, and “oh yes,” church potlucks and all-you-can-eat buffets. He was a man who loved anything that brought fun-filled adventures he could share with his children and grandchildren. He gave us a lifetime full of happy memories that are priceless. Trips to Cedar Point in Ohio, Disney World - Florida, Gettysburg, PA, Washington D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia - camping at Timber Shores, Interlochen, and Cadillac State Park – hiking in the Gilas, gold digging in the Cabello foothills of NM, and cherry festivals in Traverse City, MI are only to mention a few. He loved maps, even though he didn’t always use one, and historical monuments. He always gave us many opportunities to experience a glimpse of history and cultural events.

He was not just a fun dad. He was also a man of strong moral character with a heart of compassion, and a lifestyle of structure and self-discipline. In our younger years, he always tucked us in and said prayers with us which I passed on with my kids. It was a very special time at the end of the day that sent a very special message. Be thankful, have hope, and care for others and their needs also. He also had a funny way with words and special ways to express his infamous wisdom and child rearing skills I always remember.

One of my fond memories was whenever he went on a business trip he would always bring back a little necklace for my sister and I. The most special memory of all that will forever be imprinted in my heart is a special moment I shared with him while he was in the hospital. As I was holding his hand, he pushed it over and held onto mine instead.


Dad, you have always held my hand through all of my struggles and happy times in life. I love you and will miss you dearly!”

-Love, Jennifer

xoxo

In Loving Memory of Dad: July 18,1932 - July 7, 2012

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Rice Girl 2011 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

4wardthinker, what a beautifully written hub. My heart goes out to you for your loss. It is apparent that your Dad was very a very important and influential person in your life and you loved him very much.

Everyone handles the death of a loved one in their own way. My daddy was the first loss I experienced as an adult and it is still with me. Keep the good times close to your heart. Some people write a journal to the loved one they lost - as in writing letters to someone they miss. However you do it, remember how much you loved each other. It will help you through the bad times. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Take care.


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4wardthinker 4 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA Author

Thanks for your words of encouragement Rice Girl 2011. Some days are harder than others, but he is in a better place now without pain and suffering. I think writing a journal would be a good idea. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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