Ode to My Dad

I wrote this last year and the only thing that has changed is that I have now been without my Dad physically for 21 years, but he is always with me. One more memory I would like to share, and one that solidified our relationship was the many car trips we made together when I was at university. I lived in residence at university but was really only about 30 miles from my hometown. My Dad worked in the same city where I went to school and commuted to work–so I could go home on a whim as he was only a phone call away. We shared much precious time on those trips chatting and talking about our favourite things. Years later when we would be in the same car going into the city, he would point out a house that I particularly liked and say “That was always your favourite house wasn’t it Lou”? And it was my favourite house–but the best thing about that observation was that he remembered. And this weekend Dad I am remembering you – here are my kiss and hug to you. You are always with me xoxoxoxoxxooxoxox

On the Homefront

It is Father’s Day weekend. I have not been able to celebrate Father’s Day with my Dad for twenty years. Quite simply I miss him. I miss his stupid jokes. I miss his good jokes. I miss his music. I miss him riding his bike over to my house for a cup of coffee and a visit. When I had a store, he would ride his bike uptown, stop at a café a couple of doors down and buy me a coffee and bring it to me. And he would always deliver it with a smile, and a comment on the weather. Little things. Boy, little things do mean a lot.

My Dad was a musician, and to this day when I hear someone play a fiddle, I cry. He played many instruments, but it is the fiddle that makes me cry. I don’t know why –

He never asked…

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  1. I understand and miss my dad too – 35 years this month!

    • doesn’t seem possible – you were very young when you lost your dad — I am sorry

  2. A really loving memory that you have shared with your readers. It brought a few tears to my eyes. Both of your parents were fine people.

    My parents departed in early to mid 80’s so they have been gone for a very long time. But it is always a very good thing when we remember our parents with fond memories.

    • it is good to remember them as they were such a large part of our lives–sometimes I feel cheated that they died so young–one was 66 and the other 73

  3. Good memories Lou…..I miss him too:(

  4. Good memories Lou. I miss him too 😦

    • Guess that was worth saying twice.

  5. So sweet, Lou. I can’t even think about this now but I so love your ode to your Dad. He’s always with you, yes? That’s what I tell myself and it gives me comfort. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

    • that is what we have to learn to know — it is all awfully fresh for you — (((hugs))) — you will get through it

  6. Love your posts, both of them…my dad passed away in 2008. There are so many things that bring him to my thoughts…the memories are one of my treasures. We are blessed to be among the fortunate ones who had a father who was a dad. ~ Sheila

  7. My dad has been gone for 7 years. Hugs to you.

  8. LouAnn, that was absolutely beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes and reminds me to cherish every moment that I have with my Dad because he is turning 80 this year and won’t be around forever (although I wish he could be). Big hugs to you :).

    • thank you – you are lucky to still have your mom and dad–I cherish mine in my memories

  9. A wonderful tribute to your Dad. You were so lucky to have him and to have so many lovely memories.

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  11. This is lovely, indeed. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have missed a precious dad for 21 years. You are so fortunate to have had those car rides. And to be able to write about your special time with him.

    • it is hard to imagine and I am glad you do not have to imagine it — but he was a wonderful dad

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