Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Mom and Dad 1945
My dad was a quiet man, not demonstrative about his feelings. I didn't even know he loved me until just before he died. He told me. But his generation didn't feel a need to say, "I love you." Daddy proved his love by providing a home, food and clothes for us. That was his way of showing his love.

I have a special memory of Daddy I'd like to share with you. It was in 1961, a voting year like this one. Back then the TV coverage wasn't as great as it is today. John F. Kennedy spoke at a whistle stop in Kansas City, Missouri, where we lived and Daddy took me. After all these years, I remember how special that made me feel. 

Daddy also taught me to drive. The car was a 1959 Chevy with a stick shift transmission. The lessons ended when I made my dad sea sick, besides impatient. Somehow we got through it together. Today I drive a Toyota Corolla with an automatic transmission and my passengers don't complain. . .too much.

Daddy served in the United States Air Force and took his family halfway around the world. Although I attended thirteen schools before entering high school, I was a stronger student because of it.

I wish I could say to Daddy, "Thanks for the Memories! I love you and Happy Father's Day." I thought of him this week. Thursday (Flag Day) would have been his 92nd birthday. Since I can't say Happy Birthday or Happy Father's Day to Daddy, I will extend my wishes to all the wonderful fathers who read my blog. And if you are reading this, I hope you know it's okay to say "I love you." You'll feel better and so will your kids. Happy Father's Day!

Heavenly Father, Happy Fathers Day! I pray for all the fathers reading my blog. Strengthen and encourage them to be the best they can be for You and their families. Amen.


Pat Rowland said...

I loved this, Sue. It's good for us to remember the things our fathers did for us, and wear those memories around us like a warm coat. God bless, my sister.

Sue Tornai said...

Thank you, Pat. You inspired me to write this with all your family pictures on FB.

Terri Tiffany said...

just wanted you to know that I got a spam email from you saying you were stuck in Spain and needed money--someone must have spammed your email and used your name etc. Sorry!

Sue Tornai said...

It's been a rough day. Thank you for not believing the hacking e-mail.