Remembering My Father

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My dad with his 9th child (I’m the oldest of 11 children)…my mom told him not to smile because of his teeth. It’s so out of character for him!

 

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Today I’ve been remembering my father, as today would have been his 67th birthday if he hadn’t died 2 months ago. He was an optimist like me, and a smiler like me. :> I firmly believe those aspects of our personalities have helped us weather many storms in our lives. My parents fought a lot, and there were many hard times we faced, individually and also as a family, but my dad could always recover pretty quickly with that fun loving way of his. It really can be such a blessing, and it’s always the way I think of him, smiling, joking and laughing!!

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My parents in the late ’80’s at The Enchanted Forest.

Some of His Loves:

Perry Mason

Sci Fi like Star Trek and  Star Wars

Time Travel

Sports like Hockey, Basketball and Baseball (live and televised)

Trains

Black Cherry Pop Shoppe Pop

Non-Chocolate Birthday Cake

I’m sure I’ll think of more as I contemplate. I share so many of the same likes with him. I’m thankful for those reminders of him, especially now that he’s gone, because a part of him is still here with me. Along with his ready smile! :>

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His high school senior picture!

Earlier today I put some fresh flowers at the temporary remembrance spot we made for him here, so many miles from where his body is laid in my hometown. And shed a few tears. As I left, I thought of some good ideas to create a more permanent one soon. One that will honor him, while also reminding me more of my home state of Oregon, and his.

The flowers I placed in his honor.

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So tonight we’re saying Happy Birthday by watching the pilot episode of Star Trek on Netflix, and remembering…MY DAD!

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