~ In Memory of My Daddy ~
This is a hard post for me ~ I recently lost my dear daddy. It has only been 3 1/2 months. Everyone tells me the "first" Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, & birthday are hard, but I do believe Daddy's birthday & Father's Day will always be the hardest.
He was the kindest, most gentle man you could ever hope to meet. He would do anything for anyone, even a stranger. He was a true Southern Gentleman. He was also a very gifted woodworker, a hobby he enjoyed until the last few months of his life when his cancer made it impossible for him to "putter" about in the garage making things.
The above collage of pictures was my Father's Day gift to him in 2003. It is full of my favorite pictures of us together (click on it to enlarge) ~ riding horses, building snowmen, looking at his "old car", kissing goodnight, Easter, him smiling at me in my polka dot swimsuit, & a really funny one with us just getting ready for breakfast. Daddy was always so proud of his "perfect" hair, never a hair out of place, & this pic shows us both with "Morning Hair", bad at that!!!
He was always spoiling me & Mother. All we had to do was "hint" that we liked something or needed something made, & he would be in the garage making it before bedtime!! It wasn't unusual for him to be up til 2am getting something just right for us. And he loved it when we oohed & aahed over what he made. He was truly gifted.
Below is a beautiful frame with carved corner insets that he made for a Paul de Longpre print that hangs over our bed.I had surgery back in the late 80's & became a cross-stitch fiend during my recovery, so Daddy made both me & my mother clocks for our kitchens. I provided the "face" of the clocks, & he did the rest. My little granddaughter added the "school elert (alert)" in chalk recently.
He also made both of us this little spice cabinet. He said he would never make another one of these as he didn't like carving out drawers to fit. I love it.
He made the weathered wood column for my birdhouse one year for Valentine's Day. Just showed up & surprised me with it. I was so blessed to have my parents living close by ~ only about 5 minutes away.
I can only hope that there are plenty more good, - no - great men out there like my Daddy. The world would be a better place & today's children would be much happier. A loving dad that is always there for you makes all the difference in the world.