Open Thread:Tell us about your Dad
At a recent family gathering we were discussing the successes/failures of our various gardening efforts. While discussing his tomatoes, my brother gave voice to a sentiment I often have. “I’d know what was wrong if I could just talk to Dad.”
Our Dad was a prolific gardner. He never lost his love of farming even after selling the family farm. I often tell people he could grow anything. His gardens flourished. Where most people (like me) struggle to get the right depth, soil content, seedlings, etc., Dad could just stick something in the ground and - presto - a healthy thriving plant would emerge laden with fruit. I use to think the plants wanted to impress him. He had that same magic with animals. They loved him and he loved them back. I am convinced he was the original Dr. Doolittle.
It was my Dad who taught me respect for nature and more importantly, the importance of knowing the Lord. I can remember standing with him as a storm brewed and him expressing complete wonder and awe at the majesty of the works of God. There was never a doubt in my mind that his faith was deeply rooted in his soul.
I loved my Dad. He was not great at expressing his feelings. It took me years to realize that was because he felt so deeply. I can still remember giving him a big hug and telling him I loved him. He would always respond with an extra tight squeeze and an emotionally laden whisper of “I love you too.” He was not perfect and not all my memories are happy ones but to this day, I wish I could have just one more hug. I content myself with knowing both he and Mom will be at the great banquet when I, too, pass on.
This Sunday is Father’s Day. Please consider this an Open Thread and share some of your thoughts and memories about your Dad.
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