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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My BoJon Heritage: Memories

My father as a small child. Today, I miss him so much, even more than when he left this earth 31 years ago today. It was Good Friday, I had just sat down to my desk at work when my sister called me. Even today it is so hard to believe. But I know the person my father was. I know one day I will see him on the other side. What a glorious day that will be to see the faces of loved ones gone before us.
Dad always was a sharp dresser. He always looked pressed and polished and smelled heavenly too. He loved to try new cologne and my sister and I would often spend hours searching for a new favorite. I think I loved when he wore Bay Rum and also Grey Flannel the best.
The love of his life. Even when he was ill and could not remember a lot of people and current things he never forgot my mother. She was his world. I think one reason that I have a successful marriage is because I learned from the very best. I always listened when he talked.
My father read his bible everyday. I know this because he quoted the book of James throughout my whole life.  I love that book as well as I think it is because my father lived it. I wish my mother would have given me his bible when he passed away. I would have cherished it and continued to read it as he had.
The Mother Cabrini Shrine, Golden, Colorado 1979. He was always taking care of my mother.
May 1978, Uncle Louie's 70th birthday. My dad was such an intelligent man. He only attended school through the 4th grade and yet he was the smartest man I knew. If he did not understand something, he researched it and his handwriting was beautiful. He worked the same job for 47 years at the C F & I Steel Corporation. He retired as a head roller. He always worked hard. He was very much like his own father but he passed away too young like his own mother had.

In honor of baseball season and opening day all over the country, my favorite all time baseball player: Dad.


Caren Gittleman said...

I absolutely ADORED this post and (((hugs))) to you about your Dad. I LOVE how you tied in Opening Day with your Father because I used to have a tradition with my father (before he passed in 2001) that EVERY Opening Day I called him. Ironically, he had the heart attack that killed him on Opening Day and he died the next day. He bought me the book "The Boys of Summer" and I always associate my love of baseball with my father.

I think your father sounds like he was an amazing man and so much for you to be proud of. I love how you and your sister pored over deciding what cologne to buy him (and he had good taste, I loved Gray Flannel).

Sending you (((hugs))) and love, your father must be beaming in Heaven xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

Sandee said...

Awww, you had a great dad. How wonderful for you. I so enjoyed reading the love you had for your father.

Have a fabulous day. ♥♥♥

Ravyne said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dad. I cherish my own dad this way too :) Have a wonderful week! ~Lori~

Dogmom Diva said...

A wonderful man! I admired him so much..he and your sweet mom have a wonderful love story!💜

Dogmom Diva said...

A wonderful man! I admired him so much..he and your sweet mom have a wonderful love story!💜

Edna B said...

Your Dad sounds like an awesome man. You were very lucky to have him in your life. What a wonderful post to his memory. I love the photos. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Jim said...

A wonderful tribute to your dad, Anne. He was a wonderful man, I can see. Thank you for the pictures.
Oh yes, I would like to think that my daughters would think and write this way about me when I pass.
I feel that a relationship and the love you two shared was molded in the image of God. He has blessed you for it.

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father. Thank you for introducing him to all of us.

Good luck with the rest of your A to Z journey!
Sylvia van Bruggen

Wandering Wren said...

Anne, this is a wonderful post - you speak from the heart and it shines through in your words, lovely to have the pictures as well to see him just as you described, I reckon I can smell his cologne from here!
You have a lovely weekend :)
Wren x

Intense Guy said...

Your dad is a "hero" in the best sense of the word - a wonderful man - much missed these days on this planet.

Hurray for opening day!! (I do hope it warms up!!)