Sunday, June 19, 2011

~MY BEAUTIFUL FATHER~

 My Daddy
2003 

They tied our shoes, took us to school,
patched our worn-out jeans
They soothed our tears and calmed our fears,
and listened to our dreams
Somewhere along their golden years,
their hair has lost its sheen
The notes to hymn one-hundred-ten
crackle when they sing
And now they are alone,
no children's voices fill their empty homes.
 My Daddy and I
About 1976/77

We must love them while we can,
we must love them while we can
In High School
About 1975

For time just seems to hurry by,
and the days slip into years
And the moments that we have will disappear
So love them while we can
My Daddy
Naval Veteran - 1956 

The folks that taught us our first words,
still have much to say
The silver secrets of the world,
lie beneath those crowns of gray
As they approach the end,
we change our role from children to best friend
 Last Christmas
2010

We always thought they'd be around
Until the end of time
Until one day we wake and find ...

We must love them while we can,
we must love them while we can
 TURNING 79
2009

For time just seems to hurry by,
and the days slip into years
And the moments that we have will disappear
So love them while we can

~~*~~

TURNING 81
2011

Dear Daddy...

Today I'm thinking of you with a grateful heart.  The many things you've have taught me about life and the living of it remain within me to this day.  Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed for your love and full acceptance of me have helped make me the person I am today.

I would have been totally lost without you.

I long to share a simple cup of coffee with you again...
Feel your strong, reassuring arms around my shoulders...
I miss our deep conversations
and
you Cheshire Cat grin.

I miss hearing you read your poetry...
Watching you preach...
Bearing witness to your faith...
and
Especially listening to you pray.

I miss feeling safe within your presence...
Knowing my deepest concerns were held within you...
Confidences were never broken...
A careless word you never shared.

I miss your complexity...
Seeing your passion for all you believed in...
The sparkle in your eyes when those you loved
Made you proud.

I miss you.
The whole of you.
The good...
The not so good...
and
The warmth of your hand
Held tightly in mine...

I miss you...
(Please come back to me if you can.)

Happy Father's Day.  You are my hero.

I love you,
Becky Sue

~~*~~

Happy Father's Day to all the men in my life.

My beautiful Father, William.
My lovely Father-In-Law, Raymond.
My dearly beloved Husband, Steven.
My precious Son, Brandon.

Love to you and those you love...

24 comments:

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh Rebecca, I can hardly type through my tears... your daddy still IS all of those things to you... nothing can take away his beautiful spirit that is still inside of him... in his own way, he is still your protector, your inspiration,your hero, your love... even though my own daddy is gone, he will always be the beautiful things he was (and is) to me... love to you dear friend... xoxo Julie Marie

manu said...

Rebecca just today I said to my husband once again that a father and son should be a person as your own. not enough work to give well-being, a father must do and be more. I read your post and I get tears, happy because you feel these emotions, sad because I've tried with my father, very sad because my children do not try ....
Kisses
Manu

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post, Rebecca...you give from your heart, and it shines through. I am sure your daddy was always proud of you and who you grew up to be.."cherish him while you can" is right...every minute. I lost my daddy 35 years ago...much too soon...and I still miss him. I wish I could have hugged him and told him I loved him one more time..
Hold tight to the wonderful men in your life...they are all lucky to have such a loving person in you.
Love, Francy

Marilyn said...

My dearest friend.... I so understand you.....
Love,
Marilyn

Ginger said...

What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful Daddy. I took my Dad to breakfast this morning and said a prayer thanking God for letting me be with him again this year.. My dad had a heart attack 6 years ago and had a triple bypass, a pacemaker and defibrillator and carries oxygen around but doing great now". Our daddies are special aren't they

Nancy said...

Rebecca, Through tears I read about your love and admiration for your Dad and what a powerful role he played in making you the woman you are today....What a blessing and a gift from God.......

Your love for him shines through your smiles of the pictures of the two of you together......

Hugs and blessings,
Nancy

Dolores said...

Oh Rebecca, you've made me cry again. This is the sweetest tribute to your father. I love the sweet pictures of the two of you over the years.
Love,

Theresa said...

Oh what a sweet Daddy, dear Rebecca! I love the pictures of you and your Daddy... from long ago and from not too long ago! I pray he will come back to you so you can share your thoughts and a cup of coffee!

Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Anonymous said...

HI REBECCA.... TOUCHING POST AS USUAL... YOU ARE DOING ALL YOU CAN WHILE YOU STILL HAVE HIM...I LOVE THE PICTURE OF THE CUPCAKE..I BET HE ENJOYED THAT... LOOKS LIKE A CUPCAKE... HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A GREAT DAY.. CELBRATING FATHER'S DAY... LOVE YOUR NEW BOXES AND BOTTLES... OH ... WELL EVERYTHING YOU DO.. LOHOMA

Kerri said...

Aaww Rebecca your post is so touching! I bet you had such a wonderful childhood. I did too! Thanks for sharing a lovely tribute to your father on his special day!

Have a nice evening...

Blessings,
Kerri

Linda said...

That was so beautiful Rebecca. I am sure he knows how much you love him. I am glad that you grew up with a loving daddy.

I never had a daddy. But...I always knew my Heavenly Father was there for me.

Love you,
Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Marilyn said...

My Daddy (that's what I always called him) was able to tell me he was ready to go to heaven the last time I saw him. So I know that someday we will see each other again. It is one of my most precious memories that I have of the time I spent with him during his last few weeks in the hospital. And then I think about our FATHER, and his GRACE, freely given for us, and His love for us--it's more than my mind can ever understand. WOW, aren't we blessed! ♥♫

Anonymous said...

Thank you Becky--
Bautifully said and Beautifully written. We are Wonderfully Blessed.
Love you-- Mom

Denise said...

That is a wonderful tribute to your father. He sounds like a really special guy. I miss my parents so much. Enjoy every day that uou have. You're aright. It seems like they should be around forever. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes! You definitely need to try the chalk paint. It's GREAT!

Anonymous said...

Rebecca,

that was a lovely tribute to your father. Many of us wish we had a daddy like that. You are so blessed.

Maria said...

This is so beautiful, Rebecca.
Your love for your father truly comes through your writing... it's still so strong and you two are still so woven together in memories, in heart and in spirit...
We are so fortunate to have earthly fathers that teach us the incredible love of our Heavenly Father. How beautiful is this love ♥
I hope all the men in your life had a wonderful day yesterday.
*have a lovely week,
Maria

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Rebecca,
What a beautiful post about your precious Dad.
Hugs,
Debbie

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Awww! It was touching! Happy father's day to all the lovely dad's in the world!

Cherie Hill said...

Wow what a beautiful tribute to your father!!!!!! So glad I found your blog!
Blessings,
Cherie

Gail said...

Both of my brothers got bad news about their mother-in-laws on Father's Day - outlook on either one isn't good. However, my Dad (and Mom) are in excellent health, but I must love them while I can. Your poem hit home.

Lynn Richards said...

Thank you so much for sharing your father with us and your wonderful photos. What a blessing to have a father such as yours!
xo
lynn

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your great love for your father has always been evident since I've known you..
Not everyone has a father like yours was. I did and I am grateful and he was a stepfather but I never even knew until I was nearly grown.
I was so fortunate..and so were you.
A good father is a blessing not everyone has in this world.
Love..
Mona

karen said...

I could not finish the poam . Crying .. Such wonderful words and pictures. I have two memories of my dad that pop in my head all the time. He taught me how to braid my hair and I danced while standing on his feet once. Just once but it is my best memory. Wonderful Post today. Just Wonderful.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

A wonderful Tribute and a Wonderful post. Tears streaming down my face...Dads and Daughters such special moments.
We take so much for granted and sometimes it is too late to say I Love You or just Thank You.
I'm so fortunate to have both my parents and after 66yrs of marriage, they are still so in love. I treasure everyday I have them.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful feelings.

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