Saturday, June 17, 2006

Happy Fathers Day Dad!

My Dad, me, and my Grandmothers. Charleston SC, 1969

He is the father of 6, Grandfather of 7, and according to him he is "at least 39" years old (and holding). With his eldest, me, turning 37 last month...the "39 and holding thing" is a sinking ship I think! LOL

My dad has done many things over the years- notably he is a wonderful photographer, he served in the Navy for 4 years, and can do just about anything he sets his mind to do. I have seen him paint houses, rebuild a car, move underground plumbing, build a house, plant a garden, finish a triathalon, teach Sunday School, play golf, fix a dishwasher, teach 5 kids how to drive, let his granddaughter beat him at checkers...and a million other things...and usually he does all of this with a smile. (Usually...except for the driving thing--but all of us kids are excellent drivers, so he is smiling about it now, at least! LOL)

I will be in Georgia on Sunday and will not get to see him before I leave...but I hope this tribute of Quotes, written by better people than myself, will say all that needs to be said in honor of my Dad.

So, here's to you Dad! Hope you have an awesome day. I love you! -Cora

Good Quotes about fathers...

All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.
- Margaret Atwood 1939- from Cat's Eyes

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
- Charles Wadsworth 1814-1882

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." (one of my favorites!)
- Mark Twain

"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example."
- Mario Cuomo

"Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young,
Who loved thee so fondly as he?
He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue,
And joined in thy innocent glee."
-- Margaret Courtney

"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." -- Bill Cosby

The word "Father" is both a noun and a verb...if it applies, it is Who You Are as well as What You Do. -Cora/Maydens Voyage :)


AL39 said...

Thank You Cora that was really a nice thing to do. You help make my fathers day even better.
I would like to note that 4 years on a Submarine speaks volums as to just in the Navy.
That was one tough adventure.

Love Dad

Mayden's Voyage said...

4 years on (IN) a Sub...I didn't know you were in the metal tube the whole time! :)

Someday you will have to tell me a little more...maybe I can write a story about your time in Europe and/or the Med. Think it over and jot down some notes...I'd like to be able to write something up and be able to share it with the kids. A real adventure...a story about Grandpa and a BIG welded fish named Trigger? LOL!

Made it to St. Simons Island in Ga...this place is GORGEOUS!

Happy Fathers day!
-Cora :)

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Nicely said, fair Mayden.