Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to every Dad who has changed a diaper, rocked his child to sleep, and will read my children's books when they hit the shelves. Just kidding about the last part of that sentence, (Not really) although I will say if you read to your children the moment they are born, it will enrich their lives and open the door to a world of opportunities.

Alright, I'm getting off track, Happy Fathers Day to all of you fabulous Dads!

This is your day and I hope it's a marvelous one!

I wrote the following story for my father, so feel free to leave a comment about your Dad or about any father you know and admire. Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun.

For my Father-

When I was a small child, I rested my head on my bedroom window sill at bedtime waiting for my father’s car to pull into our driveway.  Most of the time I fell asleep, but occasionally I could hear the crinkle of leather from his Cowboy boots as they hit the concrete steps leading to our front door. My father’s job was dangerous so I was afraid he would not return if I went to sleep. I remember struggling to keep my eyes open for what seemed like years to ensure his safe return.   

The times I was awake at my window when he came home the pace of my heart quickened with excitement followed by relief.  
Sometimes, I wondered if he was my father or an imposter, I’m not sure why, but probably because I didn’t see him often. To me, he was an untouchable hero-  I can still see him in my mind’s eye, his black curly hair, greenish blue eyes, cowboy belt buckle, and of course, his boots.  

My father was a Captain at the Sherriff’s Office in our city for thirty years, although it was not his chosen profession. My Dad was a policeman because he had three children to feed, my oldest brother, followed by my middle brother, and me, the youngest.

He wanted to train horses, so my parents moved to a ranch in the country until they discovered my brother had Asthma and they needed to be closer to hospitals and doctors. This is a story I’ve been told, and I believe is true, although my father has never mentioned his dreams, and never complained about the sacrifices or choices he made, he just did the right thing. 

In any event, my parents moved back home and my father went to work for his father who was the Sheriff in their city which was convenient and lucky, although I have a feeling he didn’t see it that way. My father became a deputy sheriff to make a living, but that was not who he was or what he is today.

My parents divorced when I was nine so I stopped looking out of my window for my hero’s return. Then, as the years sailed by, he married a woman, then another and had another child, so he was lost to me for awhile and when we found each other again, we had our share of disagreements, most of them due to the fact that I was acting out for his attention. - Although, I didn’t realize it at the time.-  

Although now, I realize that heroes never leave and my hero will remain close to my heart, mind, and soul throughout my lifetime.  Every time I see a man wearing Cowboy boots I think of my father.-Who wore his boots in and out of his uniform and later, a suit. -  Except now, he is a professional fisherman and wears tennis shoes most of the time, so I suppose he is now a cowboy/fisherman.

My father didn't know what to do with children, but he made a lot of sacrifices to keep us warm during the winter and cool during long hot summers. He loved us and as I grow older I realize that love is the most important gift anyone can give.  

My Dad isn’t perfect, but I have never doubted his affection. Well, that’s not totally true, there were times when I wondered if he forgot about me, but deep down I knew he would never turn his back on me. Even to this day, it is because of him and my son I know I’m not alone in the world.   

My father taught his children character by example. For instance, I know he will always do the right thing, keep his word and that he has a loyal loving heart.- I’m lucky to be his daughter.-  

I love you, Daddy.

Happy Fathers Day!

This day belongs to you-  

Oh, and Daddy, catch a lot of fish. 

Thanks again for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun. :)


Sandee said...

This is the best fathers day gift ever. Best ever.

Have a fabulous day my friend. Big hug to you and lots of scritches to Simon. ♥♥♥

Sandee said...

I also linked you to Silly Sunday. Not because this was a silly post but because it was so touching. ♥♥♥

Ann said...

Wonderful story about your dad.
My dad came from a generation where the men went to work and the women stayed home and took care of the house and raising the kids. My mother didn't fit in that mold and divorced him when I was 10. For a while I lived with my mother and stayed with my dad on the weekends. After a couple years of that I insisted on moving back permanently with my dad and my mother didn't object. Those were the best years of my life. I may not have realized it at the time but looking back I know what a truly extraordinary father I had.

"Annie" said...

Oh Sandee, thank you. I was nervous about posting this, but my father is pleased. I have had a bad case of "writer's block" lately so your comment and the fact that you linked it to "Silly Sunday" means the world to me. I may sound melodramatic, but it truly does.

You have perfect timing, my friend. Thank you again,

You have a fabulous day too! And Simon loves his comment. I will send him "lots of scritches."

Thanks for being such a great friend. :) "Big hug" back to you.

And I'm sorry I missed "Silly Sunday," I will participate next week.


"Annie" said...

Ann, it is true that hindsight is 20/20 isn't it. I guess that is another reason we should cherish every moment. It sounds like we grew up in the same generation when divorce became a common practice. It was as if everyone decided not to try to work out their problems.

It was also a time when our society wasn't as child-centered as it is today. I'm glad you had those years with your father and that now you know how special he was...perhaps that is why you turned out to be such a kind and special woman.

Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment. You can learn so much about your readers when they take the time to leave a comment.

Have a super great day! xoxoxo

Sandee said...

Have a very happy and safe Independence Day. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

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