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Forum topic by Elaine posted 06-21-2009 12:52 PM 1041 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2009 12:52 PM

Thanks for being great Dad’s. I’ve always heard anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad. Thanks to all the men for being inspirations to others. I’m one lucky gal today! I have a brisket smoking on the grill and get to spend the first Father’s Day with my Dad in about 15 to 20 years. Despite vacations, etc we never were together on this special day. Where would I be without him?

Of course he’s getting a couple of tools that he has hinted at for the last three weeks. He can barely walk but he mows my yard every week. He probably won’t be able to use the tool (pole pruner) he wanted but it will be his. Yep, got another tool that has been give the Arthritis Foundation stamp that he should be able to use without killing us both.

I’d like to share one story I remember around this time every year. We were trimming the Eucalyptus between the neighbor’s horses and our small “pasture”. He wanted to speed things up and use the chain saw on the smaller areas of the limbs. I got very, very scared of the bouncing and did what every smart young girl would do -said I had to go to the bathroom!. Dad followed quickly after, banged -not knocked on the door -and said he needed my help. Washed my hands, opened the door and he is bleeding every where. The chain saw grabbed hold of his wedding ring, sort of imbedding it into his finger and the bone was exposed. My father, bless the man, refused to go to the hospital. No Urgent Care back in those days, triage was just coming around as protocol.

Dad had me clean it up, bandage it, and went right back to work. He was more worried about that little gold band than his finger. Removing that ring about broke his heart and it certainly flipped my stomach. I think he was working for Proto Tool or Byron Jackson at the time, they had a nurse who sent him to the doctor and sent me a top notch first aid kit! I had used the items I kept for the horses. Well, he still has his finger and his wife. They were married 57 years last month.

I hope that your family does you proud today and if you can’t be with them, they call or you pick up the phone.

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 01:16 PM

Thanks Elaine. My dad passed on about 14 years ago and I still miss him. But I am a proud dad to 3, Step-dad to 2, Granddad to 10 and great granddad to 1. And I’m going to enjoy my day, Thank you. Save some of that brisket for me…....................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 01:27 PM

thank you elaine :
and you have a wonderfull day with your dad !

and happy fathers day to all .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 01:51 PM

You have a wonderful day with your dad! I am looking forward to hearing from my daughter sometime today. She lives in California and we do not get to see each other too much. Although I did get to celebrate her birthday together last April. It is nice being together on special occasions.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 02:13 PM

Happy Dads Day to all! The title I cherish the most!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 02:39 PM

Thanks Elaine, It’s good you love and appreciated your dad so much. I’m not sure you should be giving him sharp garden tools, but I’m sure you know what you are doing. I usually get a box of cashew nuts for fathers day from my oldest son. Think he’s trying to tell me something? Enjoy the day with your dad.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 04:36 PM

Jerry -Dinner is late today -between 4:30 and 5:00, I just couldn’t stay up all night like I used to. Someday remind me to tell you when I helped bury Billy Ed, I’m not sure if the wetness in our eyes are from the loss or, oh heck, we’re still laughing…There’s a reason short women should not be handling a coffin.

Mike -Are you Nuts? :) I feel about 99.9999% sure that when I’m back on both feet, I’ll be the one with the sharpest tool. LOL

Tom -From college to USN to putting my boondockers on the other side of the country it is hard. My parents kept moving closer to me and finally moved about 2 miles down the road. Food for thought – if she’s not up North (Chico or higher) or out in the desert (Loma Linda or further east), I’d make her move to you :)

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 04:57 PM

Hey Elaine
enjoy every second with your dad. My Dads been gone for a number of years but I miss he dearly.
Have great fathers day everone.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 06:49 PM

Good Morning folks. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and soon to be dads.

This is my first post here, although I’ve been visiting your web site for several weeks now. All I can saw..I mean say, :-) is…LUMBERJOCKS is AWESOME!!! I’m by no means a carpenter but I do enjoy an occasional woodworking project around the house. Still at the beginners’ stage even though I’m in my mid 50’s. My small “shop” is not well equipped..the only bench tools I own are a drill press and compund mitre saw. I really think getting ideas from and “talking” with ya’ll at Lumberjocks will motivate me to become more interested and adept at woodworking. Anyways, just wanted to say hello. Again. Great website..Thanks!!

-- Gerry --- Holy Cow!!! It really DOES snow down here!!! 12/13/08

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#9 posted 06-21-2009 07:49 PM

Thanks you Elaine.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 06-21-2009 08:06 PM

A beautiful story well done. I am glad you had a good time with your Dad.I only got friendly with my Dad a few years before he died after many years of problems (he was very heavy handed when I was young beat me a lot ) and my mother wasn’t much better she was not a nice person so you are lucky.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 06-21-2009 09:47 PM

Alistair – I’ve never met a “normal” family. And trust me when I say, I meet many, many families. Most people truly do not want me to knock on their door :) We never know why one child becomes an aggressive parent and that child’s sibling doesn’t. I could go on and on about learning to become a survivor and stepping away from victim mode. But I’m still out of work with my heel.

I’m truly in awe of you and your willingness to seek out a different, hopefully healthier relationship with your father while you still had time. I’ve learned that loss is greater when there are unresolved issues. Alistair, I hope you and the others who see this day as a dual edged sword take a moment and think of one memory that was awesome -whether it was with your father or another role model. At every fork in my life, someone was there to provide encouragement, whether I took the advice or not. I am really hard headed.

If I could package all the kind words and encouragement that LJs provides to it’s members and teach it to the parents of today – we would all be rich. So for now, I’ll settle for being blessed with you Alistair and all the other’s.

On a lighter note -dinner will be ready in about an hour

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#12 posted 06-21-2009 10:16 PM

That sounds great ok I’ll be over in an hour what are we having.
Seriously My father would think nothing of smashing you in the face or even kicking you even as a child.
I’ll tell you a true story . I was a little boy we were very poor and I went out one winters evening to the life boys of which I was a member.(similar to the boy scouts) I must have been nine years old it was snowing and I walked to the life boys with a few of my pals,it about two miles away and the same back. My mother gave me a two shiiling piece to buy some bread rolls ,as we were out of bread ,from the little fish and chip shop near to the school were the lifeboys were held. I asked her if I could buy a bag of chips with the lose change she said no .Then I asked if I could buy a pickle for a penny she said no so often I had to watch the other boys buy fish and chips etc when I had nothing.I didn’t mind i was used to that,anyway when the lifeboys were finished I cam back hjome another way and didn’t go near the chip shop and arrived home completely forgetting about the rolls .When I arrive home my father demanded where are the bread rolls Oh I said I forgot to go to the chip shop “chips are french fries by the way”.He demanded I give him back the two shilling about 20 cents in those days anyay I had on short trousers above my knees and two pockets I couldn’t find the money.He grabbed me me by the throat and said I was a liar and had spent the money on fish and chips.In the meantime I frantically searched my pockets for the money it wasn’t there.He immediately threw me out of the house into the snow and made me go back over the two miles all the steps I had taken to look for it.I went out aged nine crying all the way looking for this two shilling piece in the falling snow it was imopossible I came home two hours later still crying as I knew what was coming.I was half frozen to death my fingers and toes were freezing anyway I came home without it.He was furious and my mother seeing how bad I was sent me off to have a bath in warm water as I was looking really bad. A few days later when my mother was doing a washing she found the two shillings in the llining of my trousers and showed it to me. My father never apologized or admitted he was wrong ,he never even looked me straight in the eye .I never forget that and many many other stories I could tell you even to this day My children now grown are very lucky I swore I would never lay a finger on them and we have a very happy family.When I got married he and I bacame very close and I really learned to love him I was devastated when he died within a few years aged 61.regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 06-21-2009 10:26 PM

Happy Fathers Day to all! I unfortunately will not hear from my daughters as their mother has made darn sure they think I am an a$$hole. Heartbreaking.

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#14 posted 06-21-2009 10:31 PM

yes christopher I don’t know about your country but here the fathers generally get a raw deal from the courts even when the mother has broken the family up and has gone astray she will nearly always be awarded the children.sorry to hear of your problems.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 06-21-2009 11:06 PM

Happy fathers day to all!

Elaine, Enjoy the time you have with your dad, We never know how long we have with the people that matter most. My dad was a great inspiration for me to be able to try new things. I may not make some of the greatest projects but I am willing to try about anything and see where it takes me. All the time my dad was around, he NEVER had a contractor,Plumber,mechanic, etc… come to the house. If needed done, he would talk to the local guys(hardware store mechanic shop…..) and get the details he needed then takle it himself. Usually with me by his side handing tools. It was some of the best time we had together and I miss that dearly. I don’t have any sons of my own, ( one step son, grown and life of his own) But my oldest daughter ( Scrappy_Squirt ) has been spending time with me in the shop. It is great to pass on some of the things I learned from dad.

Keep it touch, Enjoy the day.

Happy fathers Day to All.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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