Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

My Daddy

Father's Day celebrations will take place all over the USA today, including our house.

My husband has been a stellar father, strong and persevering in the hard times, gentle, loving, generous, and self-sacrificing. It's safe to say he's very, very loved by both of our adult children. Our daughter and her husband will be here to celebrate by joining us for a Father's Day breakfast.

Our son and his fiance are too far away to join us but will be here with us in spirit.

I've already set the table with my very best china, Old Country Roses and a light pink tablecloth.

Two helium balloons are tied to the chair my husband will sit in. One says "World's Best Dad" and the other has a big "I Love You" on it.

Breakfast will be bacon,  sausage links, French toast, huevos rancheros, (eggs in salsa),  beans with sour cream, rice, and fried "platanos (fried bananas)."  My husband is Latin American so the breakfast has a lot of items from his native culture.

Father's Day also makes me think of my late father. It's been 21 years since he died. It's so hard to believe it's been that long since I've hugged him.  One of the last hugs we ever had took place in winter. I was wearing a  dark faux fur coat. My father took one look at me and said, "You look like Marilyn Monroe."

You know what?  That fur coat still hangs in my bedroom closet. There is no way I will ever give it away. Every winter, I still wear it and even now, after all these years, it makes me feel special.

Throughout my childhood, I was lucky to know both of my grandfathers, too. One immigrated from Lithuania and the other from Poland. Memories of both are mostly  sweet and gentle.

I loved all my uncles and miss many of them who have gone to the other side.

This Father's Day, as always, will be bittersweet. It's wonderful to have my husband, my "forever love," still with me. I am immensely grateful for that.  However, my heart still  misses my own Daddy, grandpas, and uncles.

Of course, there will also be church today and honor given to the Heavenly Father, who made me and blessed  my life with so much love.

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BECKY said...

Susan, what a lovely table setting and gifts for your wonderful husband! (If you remember, I also like Old Country Roses!) And what a handsome father you had! You are one of the fortunate daughters that had a great dad, that was "there" for you! I'm so happy for you for that. Have fabulous day!

Alicia Isaacs said...

That's so sweet Susan. I love the way you set the table. Very exquisite. Handsome man your dad. Have an awesome day with your husband.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad to see someone is able to celebrate the day. HA! Believe me, I made peace with my dad's decision long ago because I know that it is all him, nothing to do with me. His wife is manipulating and controlling and get this, has a Master's Degree in psychology and has worked for social services. Anyhow, he thinks she has saved him and I think she is killing him. He doesn't speak to my brother either. I did call him many months ago thinking that after so many years, he would have mellowed. NOt a chance. The way he was talking, the things he said, made me realize I have nothing in common with him and don't need him in my life. You are so right. It is his loss! Your table looks so lovely and breakfast sounds delish! Have a most fabulous day with loves ones. Our day is actually winding down. Best wishes to all, Tammy

Rebecca said...

I can see the special planning and love that has gone into your celebration. May God smile on the day and bless your husband and family as you gather around the table.

Heaven's Walk said...

I so agree with your bittersweet memories, Lori. Thank you for sharing them with us. Wonderful post today.... :)

xoxo laurie@heavenswalk

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