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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
August 1, 1948
Today was my dad's birthday.

He died in 2000, so today isn't as hard for me as it once was. He's gone and I miss him, but life finds a way to take hold of you and move you along. I am the person I am today partly because of the way he and my mother chose to raise me. Good and bad, that's his legacy and I know he was proud of me.

Today, on the day he was born, I am remembering something he used to do for me from the day I was born until I was about 5.

When I was very little and I was upset he used to sit me in his lap in the big gold lazy-boy rocker and sing to me:

"Rockin' in the bye-bye chair with Daddy and Lori."

The rest of the lyrics he made up as he went along, until I was calm, or asleep.

I have never in my life felt so safe and special as I did in that chair with him.

Thank you Daddy.
posted by LoRi~fLoWer
  • At 3:16 PM, Anonymous TJ said…


    A very touching tribute. All the best.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger bella said…

    I hope your dad and my dad are having a blast in heaven celebrating your dad's birthday. Sending you hugs.

  • At 4:11 PM, Blogger Tamara said…

    Thinking about you today.

  • At 4:20 PM, Blogger Becky said…

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  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger Becky said…

    I'm sorry, Lori. I know it's not as painful as it once was, but I'm sure this day is hard for you.

  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger Sally said…

    Yeah, I'm glad you feel stronger but I know it must be hard.

    I'm sort of envious you have that sort of memory of your father - mine died when I was three and believe it or not I do have a couple very fuzzy memories of him.

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger mist1 said…

    I gotta call my dad.

  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger LoRi~fLoWer said…

    Yep, do that. :O)

  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger Pashmina said…

    I'm sorry you lost your Dad so young, Lori.

    I was feeling guilty only yesterday for not missing mine in the way I used to. It may not hurt as much as it did, but you know you'll never forget.

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