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A Portrait of My Father

Updated on January 26, 2016

A Deceiving Picture Indeed

If one were to look only at the face of the man in this portrait they might assume many things. But assuming would be foolish as they would miss so much. The smiling face before them has much to conceal. You see, the body attached to the smiling face is much less deceiving, it cannot hide the magnitude of the hard life it has endured.

The setting of this portrait is the beautiful outdoors, the man is standing on a grassy area with many trees in the background. The sun is shining through the branches. The mans face appears happy. His wavy brown hair is combed neatly in place, no salt and pepper on his head. The many lines around his eyes are especially noticeable as he smiles for the camera. His dimple forms a half moon crevice on his left cheek and his big brown hound dog eyes sparkle in the sun light. He has been blessed with a nice friendly face the kind that let's others feel at ease around him.

His body, if it were not attached to his face, would look more appropriate on a man twice as old as he. His shoulders are hunched forward, his arms bent at the elbow as though he were getting ready to push a heavily loaded wheelbarrow in front of him. His legs are holding him up with a threat to let him down at any given moment.

His body tells the story of a rough ride through life. It cannot hide the fact that he was born with two missing vertebrae in his lower back. It cannot hide the fact that he has endured eight surgeries in his seven decades. The fact that he can stand upright on his own two feet is a testament to his will and determination. The fact that he is always smiling leaves me in awe. He is the best father and role model I could have ever asked for.


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    • Conservative Lady profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thank you wayne - I am so excited that I get to go visit my father this fall - I can hardly wait! Glad you stopped by.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I see that this a Hub that you posted some time ago, but I just came across it. This is a great tribute to Father's. Great story...glad I found it.

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      6 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      He absolutely is - thank you for reading my Hub girishpuri!

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      He is the best friend and role model, awesome, voted up.

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      6 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thank you April! My Dad is a wonderful man and I strive to be as determined and joyful as he is.

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      April Reynolds 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      What a beautiful and thoughtful portrait of your father! I am sure he is blessed by it

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      6 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Oceansider - thank you so much for the kind words and the votes too. I will check out your hubs today.

      SidKemp- well said - we never know what the people we meet may be dealing with. A warm smile is a nice gift to share.

      billybuc - Thank you bb - I have sent him a hard copy as he doesn't get on the computer often ;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely tribute; you have done well here and I'm sure your dad is smiling.

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      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      May we all learn to smile from whatever life brings us, no matter how difficult.

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      6 years ago

      Hi conservative lady,

      This was a wonderful story about your dad, I could just about picture him from how you described him. And, at the end when you said, "he is the best father and role model I could have ever asked for", is such a sweet tribute to him......This was well done, I am voting it up, beautiful and interesting. Take care, and if you get a moment, stop by and read one of my hubs....let me know what you think....God bless you, Helen


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