Friday, February 23, 2007

my Dad

My Dad is 81 years old today. Let me tell you about my Dad...
My Dad's a farmer. He retired from milking many years ago... but he still gets up every morning at the crack of dawn and goes down to the barn to scrape the gutters, clean the stanchions, lime the floors, feed the calves. He is a thoughtful, kind and hard-working man. He is well respected in the community, loyal and very patriotic. He is a man of few words but when he does have something to say, people listen. It matters what he says. He loves to read. He's always learning. He likes to be well informed.
He was a smart farmer... a successful farmer. He took chances. He was progressive, ahead of the times. He also takes great pride in how the farm looks... his beautiful lawn, gorgeous flowers, his many birdhouses. He is from a family of nine brothers & sisters. He served in World War II. He is one of the most honest and integris men I know.


How do I thank him for the many ways he has influenced me just by being who he is? How do I let him know I appreciate his commitment to my Mom, us kids, his community, his country?
I guess, by doing my best to be like him... to be good and kind and grateful.
Yes, my Dad is a farmer... but he is much more than that... he is my Dad... and a good, good man. Happy Birthday Dad!

7 comments:

Sandy said...

What an awesome tribute to your Dad! And what a handsome family and a beautiful woman in the front row with my favorite color (aqua) vest on!
I hope your Dad reads your blog.
Happy Friday!

Bettsi said...

Wow, Linda, that was beautiful! It sounds like you realize how fortunate you are. Your father is fortunate to have a daughter who honors him.

kristen said...

Happy birthday Grandpa! He is truly someone to look up too! Such a gentle soul!

Anonymous said...

THANKS LINDA FOR USING SUCH GREAT WORDS TO DESCRIBE DAD HE IS TRULY A GREAT MAN/FATHER. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH AN EXAMPLE TO SHAPE OUR OWN LIVES. GINNY

Leona said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. What a great post. You both are blessed..

NanAZ said...

Thanks for sharing a little bit of him with those of us who haven't had a chance to meet him. It's evident that you love him dearly. What an honor you've paid to him.

...I wish my dad was still around...especially to get to meet and know our kids. Words like this make me miss him all over again.

Gardener Greg said...

Thanks for sharing that about your dad. I really miss mine. I will try and write more about him for my childrens sake. You have a very wonderful family. You are so blessed.