I was thinking about my dad today, he passed away last year just before Christmas. He was 97 years old.
I miss him… As dads go, he wasn’t perfect. As sons go, neither was I…
He was a great dad though, he loved me unconditionally, it wasn’t until he was in his 80s that we could say “I love you” to each other. I always knew; a hug, a smile, a hand on my shoulder or just a look told me he loved me. In the end we always parted with a hug and an “I love you”. He always thanked us for coming to visit him.
He wasn’t my friend; he was my DAD, which is much more and stronger than a friend.
He was my teacher, always patient with me (a trait I struggle with my own son). He taught me that the idea of can’t wouldn’t cut it. He always found a way to get it done. That was the best lesson I could have learned in life, it has service me well in my profession. He told me this several times, “I am not rich, but I will teach you how to work so you can make your own way”
He was a good husband; he and my mom would have been married 74 years if my mom would have lived a few more months. They were high school sweethearts and married right after they graduated in 1933. They raised 5 kids.
As I read and view the projects here on Lumberjocks; most LJs are family oriented. We love to make things for our spouses, our grandkids, our parents, our friends, even community projects.
My dad wasn’t a woodworker in the same sense as most of us but he built 2 room additions on our house, built another bay on our garage. We lived in a small town and he was always called on if something needed fixed. He could fix anything. I remember him fixing an old overhead door on a fixer-upper house my wife and I bought. The bottom panel was falling apart and the door wouldn’t go up. He took it apart; made new parts from scrap wood he found nearby, straightened up the hardware and had it working great the same day.
My son has no interest in woodworking but my 11 year old grandson does. When we can, we piddle around in the wood shop making things. Last year we made a pinewood derby test track and several cars. We made a couple 4-H projects and I helped him make a few Christmas presents for his mom and grandma.
I realize the legacy I leave behind won’t be money or great success. It will be memories. I hope my children, grandchildren, friends and other family remember me as a good husband, a good dad and a good example. I’ve had 2 great teachers; my earthly dad and my Heavenly Father.
So, my fellow lumberjocks and lumberjills, keep up the good work. You have no idea how much I am inspired and incouraged by you all. I have built and made projects in the last year that I probably would not have tried before.
Peace and have a Merry CHRISTmas…
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