Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day 2011

"Love is like a dying ember
Only memories remain.
And through the ages I'll remember...." -- Fred Rose

Remember the day you learned how to ride a bicycle.
Remember the day you learned how to throw a ball.
Remember the day you learned how to use a hammer -- and maybe a saw.

Who taught you how to plant a tree?
Who taught you how to paint?
Who taught you how to drive?

Who helped you rake the leaves?
Who helped you build your first fire (either camp or in the fireplace)?
Who helped you with your homework?

Do you know how to use a compass?
Do you know how to use a firearm safely? (See photo -- my Dad taught me to hunt.)
Do you know how to bar-be-que?

These are just a dozen experiences my father shared with me. No doubt many readers will identify. It's also likely that many readers will have shared these experiences not with their biological fathers, but step-fathers, other father-figures (uncles, brothers, cousins, family friends), or their mothers.

If this significant person in your life is gone now (either literally or figuratively), as is mine, perhaps we can share a moment in reflection and remember them today. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my father who died in 2005. In fact, my associates will tell you that I quote my father perhaps more than anyone else, except George Patton.

As I get older, the memories do remain and remind me of the love we shared.



  1. Lovely tribute to your Dad Chip! You did a great job lighting the flame of remembrance for yourself and others as well!

  2. My dad took me hunting (but the briars were too aggressive for a girl with no hunting-proper outfit. He took me fishing too – once I believe.
    Thanks for sharing this tribute to your dad. He sounds like a great fellow. Love the picture of you two. And your meaningful words.
    Here’s my song for my dad.

  3. Wonderful tribute, Chip. You have some precious memories to keep your dad alive in your heart. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Mitzi, Debra, and Diane -- Thank you all for stopping by, reading, and commenting. I appreciate your thoughts.

  5. Very beautiful and thrilling this post!


  6. Just reading this now. A very beautiful tribute! The picture of you and your dad is great. Thank God for memories that nobody can ever take away :) Blessings!

  7. Bia and Lori,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Song lyrics are often great resources: "Memories are all I have to cling to..."