Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fathers Day: My Dad

photo by tim

My Dad. The other half of my mother.

Together, they raised me, fed me and bathed me. They taught me about the best things in life, like jumping amongst the waves before lying in the sun and letting the salt water turn my skin crispy.

My dad taught me how to ride a bike, how to be brave in the ocean and how to care for things with gentle hands.  He taught me these things by standing beside me, guiding me by his presence and leading by example.

After losing my eye to cancer as a child, it was always my dad who would tenderly help me care for it, wiping away early morning sleepy clusters, making sure that saline solution was always at hand and telling me I was pretty despite the odds.

He practices the art of truly listening and when he speaks, he does so with a calm and steady voice.

These days, I see him dote on his grand children in the same way he did with my brother and I. Walking slowly beside them, taking an active interest in their rapidly spinning worlds, teaching them, guiding them.

Thanks Dad. We love you.

for the love of Pa









15 comments:

  1. Happy fathers day - so beautiful x

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  2. Very precious! I love hearing of great Dad's!

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  3. I love nothing more than hearing fathers tell their girls they are beautiful. I sometimes wonder how differently I would see myself if my own had done the same more often. Your words are beautiful Em (just like you!) Happy fathers day, Pa Beetle Shack!

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    1. This is so sweet.
      You are sooooo lucky ;o)
      Tania xx

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    2. you are awesome Jess and beautiful. I'm telling you, so take my word for it. Your comments ALWAYS brighten my day!

      xoxoxoxo em

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    3. Thanks Em. You're the sweetest. xxx

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  4. Such beautiful words! Some of us are truly blessed in the Dad department. Yours sounds wonderful x

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  5. You have such a marvellous, descriptive way with words. Your father sounds amazing. Im x

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    1. Yes, he is rather amazing. It's funny- every time i go to write about him, the same words pop up. It's just who he is.

      xo em

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  6. He sounds like a truly special man. x

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  7. Oh little tears in my eyes Em. What a touching post & beautiful tribute to a wonderful sounding man. Dad's are so special to their daughters xo

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  8. Aw bless. How much has Olivette grown since that shoot? whoa... x

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em