I would love to introduce you all to my dad 😀 As I process everything I think focusing on the great moments, the fun moments, the crazy and at times embarrassing moments is far more helpful than focusing on one last moment. If you have moments you would like to share, please, I would love to hear them 😀
So, without further ado, let me tell and show you a bit about my dad…..perhaps story form would be easiest 😀
Once upon a time there were two people who had 8 children, 5 girls and 3 boys. My dad was the youngest. He grew up strong, tough and with a will stronger than the most stubborn you could imagine. At 17 he rebuilt his first transmission and he also joined the army and headed off to war. During one of his visits home to his sister, Mona, he met my mom who was there visiting. They fell in love and got married. First they had either a chipmunk or a squirrel but that didn’t work out so well so they decided to have a child instead. Not long after they found out they were having a baby. Her name was Rachel but God called her home after only a few hours on earth. Then, they had second child. He was skinny and small and had tantrums till he turned blue but somehow together they made it through. After all that they said lets have one more and so after awhile a beautiful little girl was born. She was adorable and sweet and lit up the room with her contagious smile. She was full of life which made her a handful too but you know her name, no need to tell you 😉
My dad’s passions were fixing cars and working out. He definitely rivaled Arnold with his giant muscles. I can’t remember a time when my friends weren’t scared to death when they met him. He was bold and strong. You had to have a pretty thick skin if you were going to spend any time in my house.
My dad drove trucks and laid roofs and whatever he needed to raise his family. Then when his children got to highschool he decided to go back to college. He got straight A’s no matter the class and of course expected nothing less of my brother and I. He got his degree and became a lead engineer. He was a mentor to many young men and always pushed my brother and I to do more, be more, learn more. Not only was he an engineer but he learned to rebuild computers, network systems, he learned DOS but engineering was his trade. He fixed computers and rebuilt old ones in spare time or to help friends out.
He instilled in my brother and I the importance of earning what we had so I bought my first car at 19. It didn’t run but my dad fixed it in no time. Throughout my life my dad fixed all my cars and helped my brother learn to do the same for his wife to be. He was generous to those in need, funny, caring, embarrassing at times but always loved.
So many memories but I’ll just share a few or this blog will last until 2052. One night I had a sleepover with 4 or 5 friends and as we were watching movies my dad came out of his room wearing underwear. After he went back in his room one of my friends said I didn’t know you’re brother was so hot. I doubled over laughing when I looked over and said ummmmm….that’s not my brother, that’s my dad 😀 He loved to embarrass me when I was in high school. He would loudly say, Ginger stop looking at that guy over there. Then he would say, my daughter thinks your cute as I’m trying to crawl under a table. He had the most unique taste in clothing…I about died when I opened gifts on Christmas and he had bought bright yellow and turquoise sweats. At 17 he signed me up for the big bird club….that wasn’t so bad when my friends weren’t around.
As you would expect, I am my fathers daughter and we had epic fights and didn’t speak for months while living in the same house. Both of us to bullheaded to give in so my mom would always intervene and then it was as if nothing had happened.
He was an amazing grandfather who taught my boys to make “coco puffs” to add fun to yardwork….I wouldn’t recommend eating them. It was grass and dog poo….uck!! He loved all four of his grandchildren, my boys and my brothers girls. They all loved him. All of us always will.
Now, let me show you a bit about my dad…..