Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fathers Day


I found this picture of my Dad taken in 1928 last year - I edited it, cleaned it up some and framed it. It's a really happy photo. He was a very fun, funny person, he was great at telling jokes, knew everybody, made friends easily, he had 2 daughters and was very happy with no sons. He called my sister, mom and I his girls. He loved teasing his girls, my mom, my grandmother, aunts, etc. He joined the navy at 17 was a navigator in the pacific, got out at 20, and almost got arrested when he was 20 for breaking into to the church bell tower and replacing the record of the bells with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, they let him off cause he was a veteran. He started smoking when he was 16, stopped for good when he was 67! He loved candy, and could fix anything, I talked to he and my mom everyday on the phone and he always asked if I ever needed anything. Once he hid a donut in the seat cushion so my mom wouldn't catch him eating it, he took the blame for breaking a table that I broke and my own kids ratted me out to my mom 30 years later - she was still mad, he attend JFK's inauguration and served Bing Crosby mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby in the early 40's, he hated Ethel Merman, but loved Edie Gourmet. He never raised his voice, and once he set the back yard on fire, but once he saved an elderly neighbor and their big scary dog from a fire. Some things that embarrassed me about him when I was young make me laugh now. He would do anything for anybody and I am still proud of him.

4 comments:

Wendy said...

Beautiful, sweet and funny!

Melanie said...

What a lovely sounding father. I love the joke he tried to play with the music.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What sweet memories. I have a cute picture of my dad (born in 1916) taken about that time too. I miss him!!! My dad stopped smoking cold turkey at 40 when my mom was pregnant with me. Not that the pregnancy made him but he just stopped. That takes courage.

Eileen said...

Oh I love this kind of post. I feel like I know him! What a wonderful daddy you had.. I'm sure you think about him a lot.