Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Words On A Wednesday: One Hundred Years

Today would have been my father's 100th birthday. It's hard to imagine a century of years has passed since the day he was born. I've written about him many times here on the blog, often on his birthday and the anniversary of his death. What I have learned since losing him 26 years ago is that the love a daughter has for a kind and good father lasts forever.

My father never had a computer and certainly never a smart phone. I can't imagine what he would make of these blog pages that I have devoted to him over the years. It's an interesting thing to consider he has a presence in a medium that was hardly present in his lifetime. It's a little like putting pieces of him into a spaceship and sending him into the vast universe that will last in 1s and 0s forever (or at least until Google gives up on blogger!).

I love looking back at old photos and imagining him this young...

...or wearing a uniform during World War II...

... or posing sweetly with his grandmother...

... or falling madly in love...

... for the rest of his life...

... or ... you know... simply growing old...

... which he did, but not long enough... and sometimes I got to sit by his side...

...until the chair was empty.

So, here is my post for my father on what would have been his 100th birthday. He is still and will always be dearly loved by his family.




28 comments:

  1. It is a joy to celebrate your father's 100th birthday and the love that continues always. I love looking at these photos.

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  2. Your father certainly looks a good, kind man in these photographs of him over the years. I have a similar set of photos from my dad's life - childhood, army, wedding and then a heap of fading colour photos as cameras became more common. Our parents are with us always in so many little (and not so little) ways.

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    1. John-- Yes, I love your observation about the fading photos and how our parents are with us in so many ways.

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  3. Thanks for the sweet post about your dad...I did mine on his 100th birthday a few years ago. Love never dies.

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    1. Barbara-- It is so good for the heart to remember on these occasions.

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  4. What a lovely post. I've enjoyed your posts with family photos. I always thought you looked like your mother, but in a few photos here, I think you favor your father more. Maybe you're just a great combination of the two. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Sharon-- Interestingly, I always thought I looked like my dad but lately when I look in the mirror, I see my mom's face.

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  5. I'm sure he is happy that you remembered him and smiling at the thought

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    1. Billy-- I love the idea of him smiling at the thought. Sweet.

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  6. Great photos to go with a tribute to your father.

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  7. I understand that father/daughter connection. It is powerful and in the photos you can see his kindness but also a twinkle in his eye in his love for your Mom and you. Also see where you got your great hair.
    It is good to remember them in lovely posts like this but they never really leave us do they?

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    1. Patti-- Oh yes, that twinkle in his eye! He definitely had that. It really is so good to remember our dearly loved parents.

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  8. It's hard to internalize the fact that your father, and mine, were born 100 years ago (my father actually 101). That number seems like something you read about in a history book, not something that has anything to do with someone you knew so well.

    You are so right about the love living on. I feel it the same way, as if my father were still right here, and I guess I will until I die.

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    1. Mark-- It is so hard to grasp the fact of 100 years. It does seem like ancient history, and yet our fathers were born way back then. This morning my older brother sent an email to all of us siblings asking us to list all of our father's favorite foods. Oh we spent the day in a state of delicious riotous remembrance. Yes, love goes on and on.

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  9. Beautiful way to remember your father!

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  10. He was a very lucky man to have such a loving family. It's not always like that. You honor him well.

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    1. Jsk-- On my father's birthday, my older brother sent an email to all of us siblings and asked to remember what our father's favorite food. It launched a daylong delightful journey of delicious remembrances. My father was a kind and good man, and yes, so well loved.

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  11. That's a wonderful, heartfelt tribute, Robin. And wonderful photos.

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  12. "...the love a daughter has for a kind and good father lasts forever." This line pierced me with its truth. Yes, we are the lucky ones, and we will miss them always. But we had them, and oh what a privilege it was to be theirs. A lovely, loving post.

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    1. 37paddington-- We really are the lucky ones. To have in our hearts our fathers' love, and to love in return forever.

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