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Saturday, June 19, 2021

For Father's Day 2021

My father (June 19, 1911-January 30, 1998).  Today is your 110th birthday!

Dad in his twenties

Dad, in his sixties, is on the left.

I miss you, Dad — even though these words so apply to our relationship: 
"Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still -- real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever" (from How Green Was My Valley).
 I don't know what Dad's favorite song was, but I do know that the award-winning 1941 movie How Green Was My Valley was his favorite film. When Dad and Mom were dating, this film was the one movie which he took her to see at the cinema when the film was re-released to theaters in 1950.
 

12 comments:

  1. "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
    - Mark Twain

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    1. Silverfiddle,
      I found out how smart Dad was when I was in college. He dragged me through a few courses.

      Dad was ever learning. He read the encyclopedia for fun!

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    2. He sounds (and looks) like a solid man. My Dad is the wisest person I know, and he was a high school dropout who eventually got his GED.

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  2. I wish I could still talk to my Dad. When I think about him, I think of his WWII service.of 4 years infantry in Europe and then how hard he worked for us 4 kids afterwards.

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    1. Kid,
      I, too, wish that I could still talk to my Dad.

      I am grateful that Dad got his dying wish: "No nursing home, ever!" Dad, who lived on his own even after Mom died in 1987, was out grocery shopping on Tuesday and died peacefully Saturday night.

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  4. My Dad served in the Marines in the Pacific from 1943 when he was 17 until he was blown up on Okinawa. He spent a year in a Naval Hospital in traction when they gave him medical retirement.

    He would not talk about the War. His wounds on his body were horrific. We were poor when I was born as my Dad worked and got his College Degree. Over time my family did better, and my Sister went to College and my brother went to Vietnam.

    I went to college and worked my way through it. My Dad would have to go to the VA and go into traction to straighten out his back every 3-6 months. He never complained but finally died after a long life.

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    1. JG,
      Your dad was part of The Greatest Generation. We haven't seen their like since.

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  5. Happy Father's Day to all Dads and soon to be Dads!

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  6. Dad is alive and well, in fact he just beat me in a dirty Limerick contest. Looking forward to seeing him more regularly after the lockdowns finish.

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    1. LOL! Those of us with our Dads still around are blessed.

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  7. We watched Legends of the Fall yesterday ... a great “Dad” film that depicted a father who dearly loved his sons and became frustrated when, at a critical time in history, they refused to listen to his sage advice about refusing to believe what the government told them, and his agony in losing the youngest in the First World War. I highly recommend the film if you haven’t seen it and, if you have, it is one of those films that is worth watching again. I suspect that it is only when a young man becomes a father that he begins to understand his own.

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