What are you going to do for your father on Father's day?

Luther Thomas (L.T.) and Corrine Noah

My Father's Day Gift to Daddy

I happen to be one of those biased people who think that I have the best set of parents that God could have ever blessed me with. Daddy has always been an honest man that fought for what he believed in, stood up for the "little guy" and was never ashamed to admit how important his wife and kids were to him.

He has never been afraid of hard work and when he became ill, it took many years for the doctors to convince him to close the business he had worked all his life to build. He had many years of blood, sweat and tears in his auto shop and had customers from many states far away that knew of his great work due to a breakdown on vacation near our town and had been sent to Daddy as he was highly recommended.

God took him home with him on December 12, 1998 and our lives as we knew it forever changed. We will never, however forget the values that he taught us nor the love he has embedded into our heaarts for others. Therefore, I am unable to give Daddy a traditionally gift for Father's day anymore. I do, however, do my best to honor him, not only on Father's Day but every day throughout the year in many different ways.

A Gift of a Lifetime

Although Daddy is no longer with us physically, he will always be with us in spirit and in our hearts. Therefore, it is through that spirit that I can honor him through the life that I live by the example he has set for us. In his honor, I pledge to love as if there is no heartache, live as if today is my last day, give hope to those who are in need, praise those who have no self-esteem, comfort those who need a friend, defend those who are weaker than I and give to those who are less fortunate than I. I pledge to be true to myself and follow my dreams with every ounce of courage in my being.

I will be an honest business woman with integrity. When I shed tears of pain, I will be grateful for the ability to feel that pain and when I cry tears of joy I will be grateful for the joy that fulfills my heart. I will give all that I have to be the best that I can be whether it is as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt or friend.

In his honor, I will try to be the person that he has always been to all that he has met in his lifetime. This is the only gift that I can offer him now but I know that the man I called Daddy would never be happier with any material gift I could have given him on this earth. I miss you, Daddy and may God keep you forever in his loving arms until we meet again in Heaven.

Daddy's Favorite Song

Below is a video by Alan Jackson called In the Garden. This was always Daddy's favorite song and it comforts my heart to know that he is now living in God's garden. The last video is of a song that I requested be played at his funeral. It was just too perfect for him, the man who made his family his entire life, so much so that he fought his illness for many years to be here for us and be our pillar of strength. He still is today!

In the Garden - Alan Jackson

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Bonnie, sounds like your Dad was a wonderful, loving man. Your gratitude for being his daughter shines through in this hub. This is such a beautiful tribute. I'm sure he was as proud of you as you obviously are of him.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Shirley,

Thanks so much for dropping by. All I can do is try my best to make sure that he is!


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pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

Bonnie

What a beautiful tribute to a man who sounds like he was and is a truly inspiring individual.

Thank you for allowing us to share it.

Take care

Paul


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PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago from New Zealand

I hope I get a memorial like this .. what an honor.


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andrews 8 years ago

What a beautiful article. I have all respect for you. :-)


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Bonnie, thank you for this wonderful words and thoughts about your great father and also about making us thinking about our own fathers - daddies, the pillars of strength of our families.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Thank you all so very much! Father's Day is bittersweet today as I miss him more every day. However, I know that he will be with me always. I apppreciate all of you for taking the time to read and post. May all the Father's have a truly blessed day and each day throughout the year!

Bonnie


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

For a moment I thought you were talking of my Father.

This is a great Hub thank you for the memory


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Tater2tot 8 years ago from ~~~

Thanks for answering my request! I am like you. I think I have the best set of parents anybody could ask for. this was very touching, I also have a very special relationship with my dad, so this just touched my heart. I am sorry that he passed away but like you said he is still with you in spirit. Thank you again.

Tayler!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

MrM,

Thanks so much for dropping by and I am so glad that you are as blessed as I am! I never realized when I was really young just how rare my family was! Today, we are all still very close and that is because of the role model that we had as children!

Tater,

You are so very welcome. It was a request that I was more than proud to answer!

Bonnie

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