Best Father in the World

My Dad (on the right) and the family in front of the home he built from the ground up.
My Dad (on the right) and the family in front of the home he built from the ground up.

The kit car my Dad made

My mother in Dad's kit car.
My mother in Dad's kit car.
Dad's garden in the back yard of the house he built.
Dad's garden in the back yard of the house he built.
My dad as a baby with his parents.
My dad as a baby with his parents.

You may not agree, but I have the best father in the world. He is a hard working man and quite fit for his 86 years. My Dad is a self-made man. He came from a family who raised sheep and chickens and became educated enough to build a four-story home for his family. I mean literally, brick by brick, electricity, plumbing and all. He bought books and learned how to build a home. He can fix almost anything. All his neighbors, who are highly educated, call him whenever they need a handyman.

My father has worked at many different jobs, sometimes two at a time, to keep food on the table and keep his wife happy (which was not easy). He did get some college in and became an accountant for a little company. He raised four children, my brother, me and my two sisters. My brother is a medical doctor, one sister a nurse, another works with special needs children, and I, well, I write amongst other endeavors.

My father did not stop at just building houses, though. He has since then bought a car kit and put together a real running car. He is asked to drive very important people around in parades every Fourth of July parade in our hometown and even in other larger towns. He puts on his little hat and totes the high mucky muck people around. He loves it.

He also flies planes. At one time, he had his pilot's license and when I was young, I remember going up with our family in a plane and doing loopy loops above the valley where we lived. It was tons of fun - not sure I would do it now though. Because mother worried about his safety, he was not allowed to go flying so much, so he took up building remote control model airplanes and flying them instead. He made some real beauties.

My Dad is also a carpenter. He has a little shop in the basement where he can turn out some beautiful wood furniture. He even taught himself how to do Intarsia and we have one of his pieces in our home (a fantastic ship on the waves with birds and clouds in the air) It is amazing!

For my Dad's 82nd birthday, he wanted to go sky diving. Sure enough, he was able to make it just fine and has a video of it. Go Dad!!

Even though Dad never had very much money, he never forgets birthdays! He always sends a card and money to me, my husband, my children and now my grandchildren (his great-grandchildren). Same with Christmas. I can't say enough about my dear father.

My father is very witty and has a great sense of humor. He can always tell you some jokes, albeit some may be a little R-rated. He is not stuffy, has a great bass voice and can lead the music in church. He has treated my mother well up until her passing not too long ago.

My Dad is a short guy, but has a big heart. He gives service to others all the time to the people around him. Lately he has been doing genealogy/family history. He has gone back several generations and tries to get us all to do our share too.

After my Mother's death, Dad came to stay with us in Hawaii for a few months. He goes walking every morning and loves talking to people. He is so friendly and truly interested in getting to know about others. He does not need much. When he came off the plane, all he had was a little carry-on baggage that had all his clothes, books, and even a present for me. That kept him going for all the time he was with us.

My favorite time with Dad was when my husband and I traveled to Scotland with him to see where our ancestors came from. We rented a car and drove to Glasgow and many other areas. It was really fun and sometimes it was hard keeping up with Dad. We stayed in the highlands and it was so incredibly beautiful there. It was interesting to see that some people still raise sheep like my Dad's father did in Utah. It almost looked like it could have been a scene in Utah, except it was much greener. Utah is desert.

Even though Utah is a desert, my Dad enjoys gardening. Our family home is always full of beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers that he planted. He also raises vegetables each summer and ends up giving away lots of them to the neighbors.

Nothing makes Dad happier than to have a house full of his children and grandchildren making all kinds of noise and mess and then he will clean it all up. He even has learned how to bake cakes and cookies cause Mom always had them around when the grand kids came. He stays up with current events and can hold a lively conversation about most subjects.

So, if you think your father is the best, you are wrong (unless you convince me otherwise - but I doubt it).

Happy Father's Day Dad! We Love You So Much!



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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Yes by what you said it sounds like he really is. So is my Dad. I love him a lot. :)


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I am glad I know my dad and that he is such a great guy. He is such an inspiration.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

You're welcome elayne, Yes, Some people don't know were their dad is, Its sad, but true.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Gracias peacegirl101. I am lucky to have a great dad- so many don't even know who there dad is. He has always been devoted to his wife and family, and still going.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Some people don't have a even have a dad! We are very blessed to have dads and to have such special ones too! It sounds like you truly love your dad with all your heart.

I like the car that your dad made! Its so cool!!! Aloha


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Well you know, everybody thinks that THEIR dad is the best dad in the world ( me included :) ) But it sound like your dad is certainly special to you, just as my dad is to me. You are blessed to have a great dad and so am I. Hope your Dad lives a very long life! Aloha!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I am surely blessed mquee. I feel fortunate to have a father that is still very much part of my life. Aloha!


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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

It sounds to me that you are very blessed person. Your father is the example of what all fathers should strive to be. This is an impressive story about a very impressive man. Thank you for sharing. Bless you and your family.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Sorry to hear about your father. Not sure how much longer I can enjoy my father and I will cherish the time we have together. We are going to church with Dad tomorrow and dinner afterward. We are looking forward to it. Thanks for your comments BJBenson.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I love it when we writers write about the people we love in our lives. Your father must be a great role model for you. My father has past, I miss him very much. Cherish the time.I am glad he was able to past his role of greatest father to a wonderful man as your dad.


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dealrocker 6 years ago from California

This article is so, so, so good! Very enjoyable. Liked your other hubs too! Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I appreciate your taking the time to come over to read about my fantastic father tonymac04.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

A very enjoyable read about a very special man. Thanks so much for sharing your remarkable dad with us.

Love and peace

Tony


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes, Micky Dee, I agree. He's one of a kind.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

WHAT A GUY!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

So true, James. He is a awesome guy. I could tell you more about my father, but it might seem like I am bragging.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I truly enjoyed reading about your great dad. I love the kit car. And he's a pilot, too? Awesome guy. Thanks for the fine read.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you came by Anolinde. Yeah - he is a wow Dad. Thanks for your comments.


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Anolinde 6 years ago

Wow, Elayne, what a great dad! :) I enjoy hearing about self-made people (and my dad was one, too!) as your dad. And wow .. skydiving at 82! Amazing :)


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That is interesting Pamela. Maybe we are cousins or at least kindred spirits. Glad you enjoyed my Dad's Father's Day tribute. I could go on and on. I wasn't the easiest to raise, by far of the kids, but they survived me. Aloha!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I really enjoyed your hub about your dad. It was so positive, I didn't want it to end. He sounds like an amazing man. Together with your mom, it sounds like they were very successful in raising a family and doing it right. They must have done it right or you wouldn't have been able to write a heartfelt tribute like this. What a shining tribute you've written.

My dad is 82, too, and his forefathers are from Scotland.

Thanks for another really good article.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks LianaK for always being so positive and acknowledging my efforts on Hubpages. You are the best!


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LianaK 6 years ago

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. I think I have a pretty amazing father too :). Thanks for sharing your feelings and thoughts about your father. Great hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Some are not so fortunate as we are to have great Dads, so we can share them with others. Thanks DeBorrah!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Elayne001, Wonderful! What a great Dad! Give honor where honor is due! I too am thankful to have had a wonderful Dad! Thank you for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks JannyC. Yes, I am so proud of my father. He has really given a lot of service to people and especially his family.


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JannyC 6 years ago

So sweet! What man and what life. Usually you hear about parent proud of their children it's really nice to see children tell they are proud of their parents.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you agree Pamela99. There is more I could say about him, but he is such a humble man that I tried to make it succinct.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Elayne, It sounds like you do have a fantastic father and you wrote a beautiful tribute to him. Great hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are right jamesbrownbete. My father is a hero! Glad you stopped over and commented.


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jamesbrownbete 6 years ago from Philippines

Your father is a hero in your life! Thanks also for your wonderful comment to my hubs elayne. I really appreciate it.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks so much steffsings. Yes, my Dad is awesome for sure!


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steffsings 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

This is beautifully done. So inspiring. Thank you for writing this, there are awesome dads out there and they should be celbrated!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks HealthyHanna. I agree that we don't give fathers enough attention. Hopefully this will make up for it a little.


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HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

Great Hub for Father's Day! We make such a big deal about Mother's Day, and I think the same gratitude should be paid to Fathers. Great Hub


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks drbj. We talk about every weekend. My father stays very busy and active. He rides his bike every day he can or walks. I get to see him soon. Yeah!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely tribute to your dad, Elayne. He's a lucky man. You are lucky, too, to still have him with you. Happy Father's Day to you all.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

@Nellieanna - I agree that it is possible, but... it would be great to read about your father too. Yes, my Dad was born in the 20s. Thanks for reading and sharing also.

@viking305 - He is a wonderful person and glad that you enjoyed reading about my father. Thanks so much for your comments.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

What a wonderful tribute to your father, he sounds like a very lovely person. Thanks for sharing your very loving childhood and family you have here with us. Congrats on a great hub


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Well I do think my father is the best, Elayne - but so is yours!!! That's entirely possible, you know!! :) I'm in awe of your Dad after reading your tribute to him. I shall certainly have to write about my beloved father soon. One thing I know for sure is that he was born many years before yours. I judge by the picture of your dad as a baby it was sometime in the 1920s, right? My Dad was born the year that ushered in the "Gay Nineties" - and that was not the same definition of "gay" as we now have to acknowledge. It was 1890 that year of his birth and the times were coming out of a more serious and somber Victorian Age.

He, too, raised sheep - and goats - by the way - and together with Mother built their ranch house where I spent all my childhood summers!

Thank you so much for sharing these lovely and intimate glimpses of your very special Dad!!! Well done!!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes, glad that you agree coffeesnob! Thanks for stopping by to check out my father.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Wow What a dad!

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