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6/19/13 9:01 A

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great stories, thanks!

My dad has always been there for me, he taught me about how to support and care for people, as that is what he always does. he has been a bit ill, but we still have great times together. We have traveled a lot and he gave me my love for country music and the southern states. he also taught me to love, grits, greens, beans, and okra, He also taught me pride in my Swedish heritage. another cool things, he taught me to read maps around age 5 and also taught me the Gettysburg address, at age 2, I could recite it, silly Dad!

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6/16/13 8:01 P

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I grew up in South Africa, and for vacations we used to go to Kruger National Park, a wildlife reserve. On one trip my dad had gotten out of the van (a no-no, btw) to photograph some elephants along the side of the road. One of the bulls apparently did not like our intrusion and began to charge the car. But dad had to get that picture of the charging elephant!! I was screaming because I was sure we were about to be trampled, and my brothers had me tackled on the floor of the van trying to cover my mouth to keep me from screaming because it was "scaring the elephant"!! Dad did get a pretty impressive picture of a charging bull elephant, though!

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6/16/13 9:28 A

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My Dad is the most kind, loving & giving person that I know. He would do anything for you if you needed help. He is also very forgiving. He is one of the few people I know who truly practices unconditional love. He taught me that you have to work for what you want & that way, you'll appreciate it more & take care of it better. He taught me responsibility for my actions & that there are consequences for bad decisions.

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful Dad.

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6/16/13 1:23 A

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My dad was a very quiet reserved man who left the raising of five children to my mother. She very wisely taught us that Daddy showed his love to us by going to work every day and trying to provide for us and that made him a good, loving father. When he did take time for the kids, it was my three brothers who got his attention doing what was considered "boy" things at the time. My mother did tell me about how he spoiled me as a baby but I could never remember any of that.

The one time I remember that was special happened when I was eight years old. It was very late at night and everyone was asleep except Daddy and me. He let me sit in his lap with a tablet and pencil and taught me to draw various geometrical shapes such as a very detailed eight-sided star. It is the only time I remember that I had his total undivided attention and I felt so special. More than fifty years later, I still remember.

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6/15/13 9:49 P

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I was the definition of "daddy's little girl." I know I blogged about this a long time ago. My mother's belly was swelling after 12 years of marriage and being told they couldn't get pregnant. They sent her for x-rays and the doctors diagnosed uterine cancer. This was long before ultrasounds, MRIs, and CT scans. They began treating her with radiation to shrink the tumor before they removed it. She continued to have her normal menstrual cycle. The tumor kept growing so she was sent to a specialist in Boston. He took one look at the x-rays and yelled, "You have to stop radiation...NOW. You are about 5 months pregnant." Needless to say, she was told she would have a Caesarean section to deliver the baby and she chose Feb. 14 for the day. On Feb. 2, listening for a heartbeat, my parents were told the baby was stillborn and she got admitted to the hospital immediately, with surgery scheduled at 9:30 AM on Feb. 3. So what's this got to do with my dad?

Being Roman Catholic, he hitchhiked his way to a church in Massachusetts, which had a reputation for miracles occurring. We were too poor to have a car and he was determined to get there. He spent the entire night in this church (they were open 24 hrs back in 1950) praying that the baby would be born alive...and he always told me that he pushed G-d to as for a girl. In the morning, the priest found dad asleep on a pew. He thought he was homeless and took him to the rectory for breakfast, when my dad told him why he was there. They drove him to the hospital. Dad told me it was the happiest hospital visit and moment in his life - he arrived to find out I was born alive...and am a girl - 13 lbs. 10 oz and completely covered in black ringlets, except for the soles of my feet, the palms of my hand, and from my eyebrows to my chin...mom described it as the same hairless areas as a chimp.

Though I wasn't conscious of the events, this is my greatest memory of the love my dad had for me before he even met me. What could top it?

My 2nd favorite concious memory is he would sing "You Are My Sunshine" to me instead of "Happy Birthday" on my b-day.

Mauri, EASTERN TIME ZONE, NEW ENGLAND

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6/15/13 8:11 P

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I envy those of you who have or had great relationships with your fathers. The greatest memory I have of my father was getting a phone call that he was dead. Fortunately, I had a great grandfather who was always there for me, as well as an uncle I looked up too, and spent a lot of time with. And when I married, I got the best father-in-law in the world. I just loved that man, and was as upset as DH when he passed away. He was 92 then and had fallen and broke his hip. Came thru the surgery just fine, but was gone in less than 2 weeks. Still miss him terribly. I catch myself thinking "I'll call dad and see if he wants to go out to lunch" or "I'll have to call dad and ask him" something....


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6/15/13 3:36 P

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My family and I were vacationing with my folks in Natural Bridge, Virginia. We had stopped by the nearby town of Lexington to do some shopping, and I saw a coffee shop across the street. I told my dad I was going to run across and get some coffee. He told me, "Look both ways before you cross the street."

I was 37 years old. I guess in your dad's eye, you never grow up.

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6/15/13 11:31 A

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With father's day this weekend, share a special memory of your dad, wisdom learned, etc. or a memory of your husband w/your kids that brings a smile to your face. If you didn't have a dad in your life, who was a man you looked up to, uncle, grandpa, other, how did they influence you? I hope all the dad's out there have a great weekend.


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