|Forum topic by Elaine||posted 06-21-2009 12:52 PM||1091 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
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.