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Monday, August 4, 2008

Mom & Dad Tribute

It has been quite some time since Sandra tagged me to do this and I forgot all about it. I think it's a wonderful meme so before anymore time passes I am going to do it now.

This is a tribute to my mom and dad...

When I was a little girl I don't remember my dad being around very often because he was a cross country truck driver. But, the times he was around are so engraved in my memory. I hold onto those memories because he passed away when I was 10 years old.

My dad was a jovial guy. He was always joking and laughing. He used to spend time with my brother and I when he was at home... and I remember that he would bring little tokens of his trip home. I still have a rotating nightlight - a mini lamp that made fish float around on my ceiling -- that he gave me when I was about 4 or 5. It is a little broken, but I continue to hold onto it because it's a piece of him.

My memory holds his favorite chair - a recliner, sees his smile and hears all the people (friends and family) talk about what a wonderful man he was. I was daddy's little girl and his death was my first taste at lost and disappointment.

His death left my mother a single parent. My brother, who is 9 years older than I, was already out of the house. She felt it best that we move back to her hometown near her mother. She worked very hard taking care of me. I always had the best she could provide and I actually don't remember doing without. Things were tight... we didn't take vacations or eat out, but we had everything we needed.

My mother and I didn't get along very well during that time period, but I must say that we have grown closer since I've been an adult. I talk to her at least once a week and wish I lived closer to her so I can help her out as she gets older. She re-married when I was about 21 so she isn't alone, but she is in her late 60s so it would be nice to spend time with her and do things for her when needed.

Although I have sad and angry memories, I am thankful that I knew my dad... he touched my life in a way that only a daddy can. And maybe my memories with my mom aren't all sugar and spice, but I am thankful that my mom is still alive to talk to and share things with.

I love my parents... with all of my heart.

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Parents are God's precious gifts that have an important role in our life. Give your Tribute to your parents when they are still alive is greater as they can read them as well!

Rules:1. Write and post something about your Mom or Dad, it can be a picture, poem, lesson from your dad, anything... be creative! You can thank them, express your love or share the greatest memory you have with your Mom or Dad. 2. Copy from 'Start Copy' through 'End Copy' and paste it in your post. Add your site on the list. 3. It would be appreciated if you can help to spread this meme by tagging others, but it is optional. 4. Leave me message with the link to your post or email me your link to beloved.dad [at] gmail.com. 5. I will add your post to Tribute to Moms or Tribute to Dads with a link back and add your site to the main list. 6. I suggest keeping your list current so that everyone who participates gets maximum benefit.

Contributors to Tribute to Moms: 1. Trinity 2. Sandy at Momisodes 3. JO-N 4. Mom Knows Everything 5. Mummy Diaries 6. Super Mae 7. Petula

I am still being lazy so I am not going to specifically tag anyone... if you'd like to do this, or if you've already done it, I would love to read your tribute. Leave me a link when you get the chance.
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