Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day

They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas.  In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkward teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps.

My dad, age 3?, one and only photo of him as a child

Scanning is giving me lots of problems today.   I went to Staples and still not happy.

My father, on the left,  holding Yours Truly, and my Godfather holding his first born, in April 1955.  That June would have been my dad's first Father's Day.  Not sure if it was celebrated back then.

My maternal grandpa, this was Easter Sunday 1946.  He had no medical conditions, but at age 82 was hit by a car, survived the accident, but went down hill afterwards.  

And this is me, age 6 (?) opening Christmas presents with my favorite uncle.  

I had received a child's dinner set with dishes and little tiny stem ware. Who knew there would be such a thing as blogging, or even the Internet?  Much simpler times, and certainly happier times.

I just wanted to acknowledge the wonderful men in my life.  And I truly believe they are still looking out for me.  I love them all, especially you, Dad.  Thanks for everything.



  1. Barbara F.,
    This is such a nice tribute to your Father for Father's Day. I know how precious a simple photograph can be when there are people we long to see and want to remember every detail.
    A touching reminder as I also remember my father.

  2. This is so sweet. I could just sweep him up and kiss his little skin off in that first photo. So precious.
    Father's Day, as is Mother's Day, is always bittersweet for us that have lost our parents. bwaaaaaaaaaaaaa...gotta go now

  3. Oh Pat, such lovely photos of your dad! The didn't have many pics in those days, I also have one pic of daddy at 8. I miss him though and you're right, they have special spot in their hearts for us girls, I was the apple of his eyes. I just did a table and I do have a picture of my dad from 28 years ago. Happy Father's Day lovely lady.

  4. Fun pics! And yep, I do believe they are still looking out for us:@)

  5. Awww... I know how special these are to you. Oh, yes, I do. Very sweet.

  6. lucky you to have these pictures...
    I think they are looking out for us too.

  7. Hi Barbara! Oh, what a sweet tribute to your men!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Such wonderful photos and memories.Perfect for Father's Day. Wonderful as always to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. What great pictures Barbara. I really liked the one of you and your uncle as you were opening the dinner set.It's amazing how times have changed in so many ways.I wonder if little girls today get as excited as we did over dishes and tea sets.

  10. Wonderful photos, Babara! Good fathers are a blessing in life beyond measure. I know we miss ours but they are always with us in our hearts.

  11. Dearest Barbara,
    Oh, how wonderful to have these memories of yours and lovely pictures♡♡♡
    Your quote is wonderful as well!!!

    Today I visited mine to his care-center with present, maybe not acknowledging me much. But he still smiles at me that what it counts for mem, haha.

    Here is for every father, "Happy Father's Day"

    ps> I'm fiddlinf with PicMoncky and post trying post with the pictures I used it, hehe.

    Love you always from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  12. A good father is a very sweet blessing. I am happy you had so many wonderful men in your life.

  13. I love these old photographs, Barbara :)

  14. Barbara, This is a beautiful tribute to your Daddy and the men in your life. I still miss my Daddy and he has been gone seventeen years.
    I would be nice to have your grandfather's genes for longevity.
    Have a blessed day, Ginger

  15. I didn't get through this post without reaching for the tissues. So touching and sweet!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  16. Oh, how sweet you are to pay tribute to your favoirte men. I teared up as I read it. It was so pure. Love your pictures. I hope you had a restful, peaceful day. Thanks for leaving me a message today. I need the encouragement.
    Blessings My Friend,

  17. Wonderful photos and memories. I am feeling the same nostalgia today for years gone bye. So sweet and sentimental. ~Diane~

  18. this is really lovely - it bought tears to my eyes - really lovely!
    mary x

  19. I have been blessed with WONDERFUL men in my life, too. I'm convinced that strong men raise strong daughters, and strong daughters grow up to be strong women who, work WITH and not against strong men.

    Hope you can follow that.
    I think you were obviously blessed with many wonderful men in your life.

  20. Sweet memories! I really should scan some photos too.
    xo Cathy

  21. Beautiful post, Barbara. A wonderful tribute to those special men in your life!!

  22. It's a wonderful time to remember and enjoy those old photos! Have a good week, my friend!

  23. Hi there...I just love the pic of your dad in those chaps! Yes, thank God for good men, who love their children and build them up and support them. I love that top quote too! :D

  24. I loved seeing the men in your life, Barbara! Your dad was the cutest thing as a little one!They may be gone, but they are never forgotten.

  25. Barbara F.,
    You were a cute little toddler.
    Hope you're doing well and keeping cool. Talk at cha later.

  26. This is so sweet ... I loved reading about the men who've meant so much to you. What a great way to honor them.

  27. Dearest Barbara,

    What a lovely ode to your beloved Dad! Precious to have such photos, however few from childhood of our parents. Times were quite different back than.
    Sending love to you,

  28. Hi Barbara!

    I enjoyed your vintage photos... not that I am saying you are vintage, lol.
    I have been trying to scan all the old snapshots from my family albums.

    I went out and got a little device that you slide the snaps into and it comes out the other end... very fast for downloading to the computer.

    xoxo Bunny Jean


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