Thursday, August 9, 2012

Things I Love Thursday - Part 47

THIS is about my all time favorite picture of my dad and I.
My dad is pretty damn awesome.

This really tells a good story of my dad.  It's worth it to go look at the pictures.  FOR REAL.  Go.  Seriously.  It's pretty amazing he turned out the way he has. 
My Dad's Mother was Blanche DuBois and Norma Desmond Combined.

My Dad is more open minded, sympathetic, put together, responsible, charming, chivalrous and successful in life than he has any right to be by his upbringing.  My dad SHOULD be a raging alcoholic who smokes unfiltered Camels.  Oh, and be married and divorced several times.  Because that is what his parents and relatives did before him.  But he's not.  Because he chose not to do those things.  He made the decision and just didn't do it. 

We don't have the same dimples or anything.  Not at all.
He SHOULD be a big ol' mess.  But instead he's a great dad and an incredible Grandfather to my peanut nephews and niece.  He has taken care of my mom for over 40 years and not only taken care of her but made her laugh an enjoy life more when they are together.  He's taken care of my brother and I with whatever we could have possibly needed.  He worked so very hard to give us all what we needed and wanted and provided the best in life for us as a family, he still does.  He has given more than a man should.  And that is what makes him a great man and a phenomenal father.

More so today than ever before, I understand and appreciate my dad.  He went through a challenging childhood as an only child of MULTIPLE divorces (see link above) and yet, he came out on top.  He and I had rocky times, as any child and parent will from time to time, but you all know how they helped me get sober and since then, we've worked really hard to have a mutually respectful relationship, and today, we have it.  It's full of love and fun and appreciation.  He has a great sense of humor and I know I get some of it from him.  He is a bit of a dandy - a clotheshorse if you will - and I KNOW I get that from him.  I really enjoy spending time with him today. 

The older we both get, the more I appreciate him. 

One of my greatest joys is seeing and hearing my Dear Sweet Husband with my dad.  I never thought it would happen, but these two have so much in common and my dad gets really excited to see and talk with him.  "Well, I have to tell Christopher about this....."  SO CUTE.  They have a lot in common and their brains are wired similarly.  It's fascinating. 

He loves Sally Boy too.  Who doesn't?
He is so excited for these bumpsters in my belly.  I know he never thought he would be Grampy to what will be 6 kids soon between my brothers kids and mine, but he loves it.  He thrives on it. It's his reason for everything now.  And I'm so grateful I get to watch all that. 

Last time my parents were visiting.  Now one of my favorite pictures.  These two have my heart. 
More than ever with these babies coming, they are my backbone. 


  1. What a beautiful family!! I always get a twinge of envy at women who have terrific dads - and it sounds like yours is one of the best!!

  2. Aww...this is so sweet. What very loving tribute to him. I love what a strong relationship you have with him and your mom. Hall and Oates are going to have some pretty awesome grandparents!

  3. I'm melting, except unlike in The Wizard of Oz, it's a wonderful melting made of happiness, love and sweet, sweet reflection. Happy, happy birthday to your dad--with thanks to you for the meltiness in my heart right now! ♥

  4. Yay for good dads!! They make good children!

  5. So sweet. Happy Birthday Grampy - you are so special! And so is your daughter! xo

  6. Grampy will be weeping reading this post I'm sure! You two are so cute! What a beautiful tribute.

  7. Grampy!! I love this, and I love him for you. xoxo

  8. Love love love this and you! There's just something so special between a little girl and her Daddy. No matter how grown up you are, you'll always be his baby. Xoxoxo

  9. Beautiful!! Love love love this and you! The bond between a Daddy and his little girl is very special. What a lovely way to honor him. Happy Birthday, Grampy!

  10. Wow! This is super sweet. Even if i felt like this i'm too shy to actually say these things especially in front of the whole world. You are an inspiration:)

  11. Aw girl, this is so cool. This is one of your posts where as I was reading it, I kept thinking of new things to comment about- and I was going, ME TOO! in my head a lot. You should have heard it- it was awesome. Yay for Pops, and yay for him being so strong. P.S. um, did you get your eyebrows waxed at age 1 1/2, or were you born with perfect eyebrows. WTF.