Dedicated for my Dear Father - For all the Flowers You have Planted

My father and I on my high school graduation day.
My father and I on my high school graduation day.

Joseph Adison once said,

“Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.”

Joseph, I know exactly what you are talking about for I have been fortunate enough to experience this purely angelic affection, though my dad's affection to me is mixed with ambition as well ;) Living so far away, I am almost always far from my loved ones. And though I miss them all, only my parents' absence creates a weird tangible void in my heart. I realize that those sentiments are not worth dignifying and missing your Dad's hug is not news worthy but when a man makes you feel like you are all the daughters inside the house and you are all the brothers too, I personally can't help but tell the world about this man.

William Shakeaspeare,

“I am all the daughters of my father's house,

And all the brothers too.”

The red bricks explained Dad's dusty look ;-) And now this is the view in front of the office room =)
The red bricks explained Dad's dusty look ;-) And now this is the view in front of the office room =)
Wilted Flower = Bad Mood in Progress
Wilted Flower = Bad Mood in Progress
Blooming Flower = Good Mood
Blooming Flower = Good Mood

How Dad Created my Heavenly Sanctuary -literally-

I was stressed, tensed, and irritated beyond description. The year 2007 was going to define my life forever or so I naively thought. It was the defining point between success and failure, between a scholarship and a rejection letter.

A typical 2007 evening, I isolated myself in the office room to get all the typical mundane academic chores done. The grey walls, the scattered papers, the broken lamp and the gloomy view by the window blended perfectly with how I truly felt inside.

My father -the driving engine behind all the motivation- as always, managed to distinguish between a genuine and a forced smile. He insisted that the almost grave-like prison I had locked myself in, was the main reason behind my gloominess. After assuring him that I was still and always will be in the "J'aime la vie" mood, I locked the room and pleaded to be left alone for a fake nap.

Eight hours later, my father came back looking like a construction labourer who has been exposed to physically demanding work in a dusty construction site. Under the dim light of my office, I almost unrecognized him in his disguise.

He was excited about 3 gifts. The first was a new lamp, the second was a red rose and the third was yet to be revealed. I followed him to see the gift and though I wasn't bothered, I wasn't about to burst his bubble. Curious as I was, I somehow failed to notice the red bricks under the dark sky. They were neatly aligned across the yard facing the office room to surround 3 new baby plants.

And then was the weirdest yet the most uplifting conversation I ever had with my father.

According to his philosophy that night:

These plants in particular were too sensitive to surrounding emotions and since my office was the closest to them, he will use them to track my swinging moods as follows:

  • A wilted rose : Self destructive mood. Indicates that slight intervention is required to save the flower.
  • A blooming rose: Great mood.
  • No roses: Dry season meant tough surroundings but he was to leave me alone because the rose has everything under control. Didn't know if he was referring to me, the rose or both but I was truly touched.

This is our garden now =)
This is our garden now =)

It is amazing what a fatherly heavenly garden can do to one's spirit. My father made sure it was customized for my needs, he made it lavish and colourful. The height and lavishness of the trees were to provide privacy from the surrounding prying eyes.

Now each time I sit down in the office to write or lay in the garden to contemplate, each time I take a picture inside the view I see a heavenly sanctuary so THANK YOU DAD.

Eventually Dad got carried away and ran out of ground space.
Eventually Dad got carried away and ran out of ground space.

Why Did I Write this ?

You are probably wondering why did I write this, a very random topic on a very random day. Fathers day is not even close. But I just believe that expressing our genuine gratitude towards the little things that touch our hearts keeps these little things flowing. I am sick of saying "I love you" too late. For once, we should express our emotions without waiting for a stroke or an occasion to ignite our feelings. For once, we should abandon the saying “You don’t know what you have until you lose it !!!”

In my personal opinion, You don't need a profound poem or an expensive gift to express such sentiments. A Thank You Card, a genuine smile, a simple gesture or a random hub will just do. =)

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I am profoundly moved by this exquisite tribute to a magnificent father -daughter relationship. It touched something deep inside me. I lost my father when I was 18 years old and there is not a minute that goes by that I don't ache for his presence. I vote this a huge up, up, up!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

This brought tears to my eyes noorin. It reminded me of my own father, who's been the kindest, most loving one anyone could know and yet is too far away from me to see as often as I'd like. Anyway, just loved the beautiful garden your father made for you... what a wonderful idea! (I hope you'll always let the roses 'bloom' there) Great tribute from a daughter to her father... you're lucky to have each other. And yes, it's so important to value people when you can.... or one is just left with regrets. Take care friend... :)


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@breakfastpop, thanks 4 ur kind comment and voting as well.

I am deeply sorry about your father especially that you were too young to endure such a profound loss but I am sure that he would have been so proud of you.

Keep on stepping by.

Cheers,


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@myownworld, Im so sorry for bringing tears to your eyes but your sensitive soul and kind comment just made my day. I guess u know what's it like to live so far away from home, the independence sure rocks but it doesn't matter how old we grow or how independent we become 4 we ll still miss our daddies !!!

And I promise to let the roses bloom and spread the "J'aime la vie" mood around the house. Though more often, my kind family and wonderful father lift me up =)

Thanks for stepping by. Cheers


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Your father has the heart of a poet. His caring and sensitivity are rare, and it is wonderful that you were able to recognize and appreciate what an extraordinary man he must surely be. Your tribute to your father is special, and thanks for sharing it with us.

Mike


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Nature_Boy 6 years ago

I red your words about your great man

2 days ago, actually My Tongue stuck in my mouth and couldn’t describe this great man who really deserve all the love and appreciation, it is sure that he loves you so much an you do as well, It is great to have a lovely family who care about us and fill us with love and worm , thank your god for that because what you have many people are missing it in there life and dream that some day they could make a life like what you have.. A family with love


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Mike, he indeed has the heart of a poet, the mind of a genius and the wisdom of an experienced old man.

I guess I would be the most ungrateful person if I fail to recognize his art of kindness.

I appreciate your kind comment. Keep on stepping by =)

Noorin


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Nature_Boy your absolutely right. I am very fortunate to have some one as great as this man and like I said, I would totally be the most ungrateful person if I fail to see it.

I thanks God for it every day. =)

Ur comments are always a pleasure. Thanks for stepping by.

Noorin


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

You are very lucky, Noorin. My relationship with my Dad really bad and somehow, hard to be fix. You are indeed really lucky.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Freya, I am really sorry to hear about your relationship with your dad. It must be hard for you but I am sure that with your kind spirit and poetic sense you will either have it fixed or at the very least u ll get over it and create a much better relation ship with your kids.

Noorin


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I already get over it for sure, but not without tragedy! :D Ah, daughter and her father. The relationship can be beautiful and useful if it go well, but really destructive if it go wrong.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

I couldn't agree more Freya =) U r so right.

Thanks for stepping by.


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Lightuponlight 6 years ago

Hi! noorin! Beautifully written. Your dad must be one of a kind. Must be an extremely wonderful and Spiritual man! no wonder he gave you the name noorin. I am sure you know that noor means light.

I loved this hub. The rose, my favourite flower. May God Bless you and your family!


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Lightuponlight 6 years ago

Shared this hub on face book and twitter! I hope this is ok!


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Lightuponlight, thank u very much ... He is indeed one of a kind. Lol abot the naming, my name is noorin coz one both my grandmas are nooria so the plural was noorin i.e. double lights ;-)

And I really appreciate that you shared this hub, im very flattered =)

Keep on stepping by Lightuponlight 4 u light up my page =)


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Lightuponlight 6 years ago

Thanks, grand daughter of two nooria! They must be very proud of you!


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Lightuponlight, im lol @ the comment, and i hope they are =)


Calling Crow 6 years ago

I enjoyed reading this so much!!! I feel calm, peaceful and reminded of the love of a father. It is amazing what a man will do for his little girl. Thank you for sharing this.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

ur very welcome Calling Crow. Love of a father is indeed powerful =)

Keep on stepping by ...


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I love how you expressed your love and admiration for your father. Thank you for allowing me to experience your pleasure.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Awww James, thank u very much 4 the comment. I am glad u enjoyed it =) Btwy I am still looking forward 4 ur book to come out. It's so on my 'to read' list.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

What a wonderful gift...a Father's Love! This was awesome, you sharing the love your Father has for you:) You are so fortunate, not every girl can genuinely feel...this kind of love from their Father? May God continue to bless your love, a love that will last a lifetime in your heart:) Thank you! P.S. The flowers are beautiful!


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you so much heart4theword =) It is indeed a wonderful gift and my family is one of the greatest blessings i ve been given in life ... Now that im away again from them, i miss them and especially dad like crazy =(


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Beautiful hub, sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with your father, so much love - thanks for sharing this with us - cheers!


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thnks Whidbeywriter ... I indeed have a great relationship with my dad =) If it wasn't for the luv of that man, I wouldn't have been half the person that I am today =)

Keep on stepping by =)


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, noorin

This was one fantastic read! Loved every word. I voted Up + all of the choices. Your graphics usage was superb.

This hub brought my late father to mind. He loved roses and all types of flowers.

Thank you for sharing and causing me to appreciate my dad even more.

I like hubs like this. I urge you to keep up the great work and may you have a world of success on HubPages.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery

Your Friend for Life


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noorin 18 months ago from Canada Author

Hello Kenneth,

Your feedback made my day. And thank you so much for your kind wishes.

It's been a while since I have written a hub but I really intend to get back to it, I really miss writing but mostly I miss interacting with other fellow hubbers.

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