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Sun Jun 18, 2017, 07:34 AM

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers on DU!

I lost my father back in 2002. I miss him everyday, He was a man with integrity, honor, pride. He would help those who needed help. He taught me the meaning the life and how to treat the people around me. So thank you to all fathers.

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Reply Happy Father's Day to all the fathers on DU! (Original post)
imanamerican63 Jun 2017 OP
TexasProgresive Jun 2017 #1
MarianJack Jun 2017 #2
kag Jun 2017 #7
MarianJack Jun 2017 #8
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2017 #3
retrowire Jun 2017 #4
SHRED Jun 2017 #5
malaise Jun 2017 #6

Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 07:47 AM

1. Thank you!

I lost Dad in 2004. I too miss this man who was always a man of honor and integrity. He was generous to a fault- the fault being I had to teach him to stop being stingy to himself. This may be a result of growing up in the depression, but he was never stingy with others. He lived his whole life in service to others. 2 stints in the U.S.Army, as a fireman, a teacher and a civil servant who worked tirelessly to help the downtrodden escape to a new life filled with hope and possibilities. And with all of that he shaped me as the man I am.

One of my sons just told me thanks for helping him be a better person. I am nearly crying as I write this. I told him that he helped me be a better person as well. Happy, happy Father's Day all you Dads.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 08:11 AM

2. My Father...

...was/is an abusive, serial philandering, downright mean son of a bitch rat bastard. He & I haven't even spoken since February of 1986. On the positive side, he DID serve honorably in WW2 and the Korean War.

On the other hand, the two great honors and joys of my life are being the dad to my son and the husband to my wife. I wouldn't trade my family for anything or anybody!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:42 AM

7. I'm right there with you.

My dad was a jerk. Not physically, but emotionally. He slept with anything in a skirt, and did so fairly publicly. I can remember my mom crying almost every day. She died when I was in high school, and it took my dad all of six months to marry his most recent girlfriend. She was younger than my oldest brother. I can count on one hand the times when my dad was truly kind to me without expecting something in return.

I always assumed that my husband would be the same. I thought it was inevitable. Even when I met and married him, I always just assumed that as wonderful and loving and supportive as he was, it was just a matter of time before he started screwing around on me.

But when our kids were born I finally began to believe he was truly different. He was constantly devoted. He loved them, enjoyed spending time with them, was patient and kind and generous with them. And he was the same with me. Not that we haven't had our moments, but it was never because of some deep darkness in him.

We've been married twenty-six years, and he's as loving and devoted as ever. I'm the luckiest person in the world.

So yes. Happy Fathers Day to all of the loving, devoted, kind fathers out there, including my kids' own amazing father.

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Response to kag (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:09 AM

8. Thank you for sharing, kag.

Congrats on a happy union. My wonderful wife and I will celebrate 19 years this coming August.

PEACE!

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 09:58 AM

3. Thanks....I lost mine in 2007 - he was a superb fellow - we shared much...

sense of humor, gentle affect, love of acting goofy and laughing, and gardening.

His memories are always with me as I work in the garden, since he, along with my grandfather, instilled the love of gardening in me.

The tomato Dwarf Wild Fred was named after him by me, in our tomato breeding project.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:05 AM

4. :) wild Fred! From the sound of it, that made him happy. Nt

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:17 AM

5. Me too in 2002

 

Sounds like our dad's were similar.

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Response to imanamerican63 (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:20 AM

6. Mine died over three decades ago

He was a great dad -gave his photo a kiss this morning.

Happy Fathers' Day DU dads

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