A Tribute To Fathers

Fathers everywhere are being celebrated this Sunday. I would like to join in with A Tribute To My Father. I know how lucky I was to have had the opportunity to grow up knowing the love my father had for me. As we celebrate Father’s Day,  hopefully we all have had a chance sometime in our lives to tell our fathers how much their love, nurturing and guidance has meant to us and how it helped make us who they are today.

My Father, My Daddy

My Father, My Daddy

My father was always my Daddy, not Dad or father and I loved him like most little girls love their father. He always joked that I was his special gift as I was born on Father’s Day, I was my Daddy’s little girl.

He was not a famous person, just an ordinary man who did his best in life. He served his country with honor and provided a good home for my mother, brother and myself, like most fathers do.

He was a gentle and kind-hearted man who I never heard complain about anything. He was a strict parent but in a loving way. I was brought up to be respectful of others, always saying “please, thank you, yes ma’am or yes sir and may I be excused”.  He always made sure that I apologized if I had done something wrong and taught me the importance of saying “I’m sorry” if I had hurt someone else’s feelings.

He was the person I knew I could go to with a problem because he was a good listener and gave good advice. He used to always say, “just because you are a girl, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it”. His encouragement is one of the things that has guided me though out my life.

My Daddy was special to me but also to so many others in his community. Everyone used to call him “the mayor” because of his commitment to the neighborhoods that surrounded our ranch in Texas. He seldom missed a County Commissioners Court meeting, he served as bailiff, and was a volunteer at the local hospital.

I’m lucky to have had a good father in my life. He is gone now but certainly will not be forgotten. I am lucky to have another man in my life that is special and that is my husband. He too, is a father whose children love him and will be remembering him on this special day.

I want to wish each father a “Happy Father’s Day”. Whether you spend the day at an outdoor barbecue with family and friends or perhaps playing a round of golf, I hope you enjoy your day. I’m sure your loved ones will be remembering you today.

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164 Responses to A Tribute To Fathers

  1. A lovely tribute to your dad, Karen. He was a handsome and very wise man. Have a great Father’s Day with your hubby and family. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sylvia, I do think my father was handsome…that photo has always been my favorite. I hope your husband and son enjoy the day too.

  2. Dear Karen, what a lovely tribute to your father – he certainly sounds like he was such a wonderful, kind and special person! – We celebrated Father´s Day a few weeks back with lots of great food. Thank you for sharing your memories!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Andrea

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Andrea, It seems that anyone who knew my father liked him. I was lucky to have him in my life. I know that your husband must have had a great day celebrating with your family.

  3. Karen, your father sounds like a wonderful man and a good father in every way. I was daddy’s little girl too. God bless all the fathers today.
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sam, I’m glad you were daddy’s little girl too, I sure he was a great father. It is wonderful to have had such a good man who was also a good father influence my life the way my father did. God bless them indeed. 🙂

  4. Bishop says:

    Thanks for your thoughtful post. I was just having some very similar toughts about my father and hope that my children will have some of the same feelings down the road!

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post, Bishop. Having gotten to know you through your blog, I can assure you that your children feel the same way about you. I hope you have a great day!

  5. A wonderful tribute to your father. What a lucky little girl you were to have such a good relationship with your “Daddy”.

  6. Francesca says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your Daddy! He must have been a very special person … not an ordinary man after all.

  7. What a wonderful tribute Karen. You father sounds very special, and your husband too. It’s good to remember even those fathers who are no longer with us on this special day for they live on in us and our children.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kay, for your lovely compliment. Yes, the fathers that are no longer with us will not be forgotten. Their love and what they shared with us helped make us what we are today.

  8. savourytable says:

    I am a daddy’s girl too. I say “am” even though he is gone because that will always be a big part of who I am. My dad sounds very much like your father in every way. How lucky we were to have been raised by these wonderful men. By the way, happy birthday to you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, It seems the more we know about each other the more we are alike…I’m glad you were a daddy’s girl too. We were lucky to have such loving fathers to guide us growing up. Thank you for the wish. 🙂

  9. Arlene Poma says:

    I think about Daddy each day, and I would give anything to have him here with me. Whenever the holidays or his birthday rolls around, the memories always hit me hard. Yet, it is good to know that he’s at peace. Yes, yes, yes. I will always be Daddy’s Girl.

    I hear you!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Arlene, When we are fortunate enough to have grown up with a wonderful father, it is sad when we no longer have them with us. They become so much a part of our life that the good thing is that it is impossible to forget about them…today and every day.

  10. Larry says:

    Well said Karen and I had one of those special dad’s as well. My oldest daughter calls me Daddy.

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post Larry. I’m happy that you had one of those special dads also. From what I have seen from your posts, you are much loved by your family as well. Happy Father’s Day, I hope you are enjoying yourself.

  11. Monique says:

    What a beautiful looking man Karen!Sweet post:)

  12. Eva Taylor says:

    What a beautiful tribute Karen.

  13. A lovely tribute to your father, Karen. Thank you so much for sharing those sweet memories with us.
    Happy Sunday!
    Angie

  14. David says:

    What a loving portrait… thanks for sharing, Karen.

  15. A_Boleyn says:

    How very moving, Karen. I lost my own father 4 yrs ago and though the words I would use to remember him on this day would be quite different, the sentiments are similar.

    Happy Birthday.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Boleyn, for your kind words and wish…they are much appreciated. Our fathers are not with us anymore but our memories of them will always remain.

  16. kitchenriffs says:

    Lovely tribute! I’m lucky that my father is still alive (he’s 93!) so I’ll be seeing him today. But remembering is the next best thing. Good post — thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. How wonderful that your father is 93 and you get to spend time with him today. Please do enjoy every minute together. 🙂

  17. Sue says:

    Loved this tribute, Karen. He sounds like he was a great father. I think the men from that generation were very protective of their families and knew just how important it was to set a good example. Let’s hope the younger generation steps up and does such a good job.
    Have a wonderful day!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sue, for your kind words. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the tribute. I do think you are right about the generation that raised us, always wanting to set a good example. I hope your husband and you are making the most of the day, enjoy!

  18. twbarritt says:

    What a wonderful testimony to your father – your words resonate with so many of us who were so blessed to have a loving Dad!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words, TW. I do know that you had a wonderful, loving Dad. I have always loved the apple trees that you planted in his memory.

  19. Penny says:

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. My Daddy was a special kind man who served his country and his community like yours. Your Daddy was handsome. You can actually see the kindness in his face.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Penny. I do think my father was handsome and this is my favorite photo of him. I’m happy that you were also blessed to have a special Daddy in your life.

  20. Your father would be proud to be remembered with such love. You were a lucky young lady to have someone so special to guide you through the early part of your life. 🙂

  21. A wonderful tribute and lovely memories you have of your Daddy . My Mr France and I have enjoyed a lovely for fathers day lunch, both being waited on from beginning to end by our daughter and one of our grandsons, who came unannouced with lunch for us all and a beautiful Fuchsia in a vintage stone urn. I hope you had a lovely day with your family..

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Barbara, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the tribute and appreciate your nice wish. I’m happy that Mr. France, you and your family had a lovely Father’s Day celebration. I hope that you are doing well and quickly recovering from your back surgery.

  22. A standard to which all men can strive…

  23. Hello Karen, your post reads as a lovely tribute to your father and how special that you were born on Father’s Day.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you B, I’m happy that you enjoyed my tribute to my father. I always liked the idea that I was born on Father’s Day because my father always said what a special gift I was for him. 🙂

  24. Kathleen says:

    I had a very special, Daddy, too. He told his 4 girls they could accomplish anything. Sady, he died at 50 when I was a teen, but I know what a good man he was, not only to his family but countless others. And I know, not everyone has/had good fathers. My dh didn’t, he has not one good memory of his father who left them, never to be seen again. I can’t imagine! In spite of not having a role model, he is a wonderful dad and Grandpa.
    God bless the good fathers!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathleen, I’m sorry that you lost your father at such an early age. He must have been missed very much my you and your sisters. It sounds like our fathers were a lot alike about encouraging us to accomplish anything we wanted to do in life. It is so true that many children never get to know their fathers or worse yet, wish they didn’t because they were not nice men. I hope your husband has a wonderful Father’s Day, I’m sure he is very worthy of the love his family feels for him.

  25. Your father was obviously a wonderful man, proud and full of life – so special 🙂
    A beautiful tribute!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Karen says:

      Hi Uru, I do think I was very lucky to have a father who I not only thought was wonderful when I was a little girl but when I grew up, I realized that he was a very good man that was admired not only by me but also his peers. Thank you so much for your sweet comment…I always appreciate you nice compliments.

  26. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, what a touching post, your father sounds like a wonderful person. By the way, Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing!

  27. plumdirt says:

    Aww. Here’s to good fathers (and dads, daddies, papas, etc.) everywhere!

  28. ramblingtart says:

    I’m so glad you had such a good, kind, loving, and respectful father. XO What a gift that is. XO

  29. I appreciated reading your memories of your father. For this holiday, I spent some time with my older son, who lives in town, and talked on the phone with my younger son, who lives in Minnesota. Thought some about my own dad, who died a few years back.

  30. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

    This is a lovely tribute to your daddy, Karen, and he sounds like a wonderful man! I too feel blessed to have had a great dad. I miss him every day xox

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lizzy, I’m glad to know that you were lucky like I was and had a great dad. You are right about missing them but we have wonderful memories. Thank you for your nice comment.

  31. Marigene says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your father, Karen.
    Have a great week…

  32. Eha says:

    What a heartwarming post for the beginning of the week! Now in Australia Father’s Day is celebrated in September. but all the feelings generated are naturally the same! Yes, you were lucky . . . I too was very much Daddy’s little girl taught very much the same way . . . an only child . . . decades after his untimely death there is not a day I do not try to do him proud or feel ashamed if I know I have failed. Daddy was in absolute awe of women and I grew up hearing ‘Eha, you women can do everything we men can and always achieve more with a greater degree of difficulty’! He made me mentally strong and healthy and I have always loved him for a beginning few have! . . . . Ooh, yes, and besides all else your Daddy was more handsome than most 😉 !

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Eha, for your kind words. It is so truly that we do try to live up to what our fathers expected from us…I hope they would be happy with the women we have become. I appreciate your compliment, the photo is my very favorite and I agree with you, I think my father was handsome. 🙂

  33. Beautiful Karen, thank you for sharing it with us! xx

  34. hotlyspiced says:

    What a lovely tribute to your father and he sounds like he has certainly been an excellent father who brought you up in a very loving way. A very happy Father’s Day to your daddy xx

  35. a fitting tribute to a handsome man Karen–
    Hugs–Julie

  36. Suzanne says:

    He sounds like a wonderful man and how handsome he was too! I also had a kind, thoughtful father who loved me unconditionally. He has been gone 8 years now and I miss him every day.

  37. ela hester says:

    Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing…

    ela h.

  38. What a beautiful tribute to your father. You’re a lucky woman to have chosen him. Father’s Day is the first Sunday in September here so it’s been decidedly less than fatherish on this side of the ocean this weekend. 🙂

  39. What a lovely tribute Karen 🙂

  40. A l:lovely tribute to your father, your “daddy”. I’m sure he is smiling upon this from where he is. and yes, you are indeed fortunate to have a special husband who is a father too…
    Here’s to all fathers!
    Ronelle

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ronelle, for your kind words…I think he would be pleased. I agree with you that I have been very lucky to have two wonderful men in my life. A big hug to all fathers. 🙂

  41. Mélanie says:

    Bonjour Karen! wonderful and emotional, too… ❤
    * * *
    you did see my beloved hubby and papa of our 2 "old babies"(LOL!) whose middle names could have been Désiré(e): 🙂
    http://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/bonne-fete-a-tous-les-papas-happy-papas-day/

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Mélanie. Yes, I did read your post on papas and you are a lucky woman. Your wonderful husband is a very handsome man. 🙂

  42. Hi Karen!

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tribute of your father. I didn’t grow up in a home that emphasized apologizing much. Luckily, I married a man who’s very good at it and I appreciate him teaching my girls the importance of saying they’re sorry. Having such a strong, male role figure for my girls is so important to me. Father’s are so vital to little girls!

  43. Sophie33 says:

    A lovely ode to father’s, especially your lovely Daddy! He looks cute too, in that picture!

  44. Sissi says:

    A very moving post, Karen.

  45. Debbie Spivey says:

    What a great post in honor of your daddy, Karen. A handsome fellow! I always called my father, “daddy” too. It was always difficult finding cards for father’s day that referred to a father as daddy. Most say father or dad. I read a quote once that said “Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a daddy”. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Such a lovely tribute to your Daddy, Karen. I think little girls are lucky to have such a special bond with our fathers.

  47. Susan S says:

    Very sweet post, Karen. Your dad must have been a wonderful man!

  48. What a beautiful tribute to your handsome Daddy Karen. I’m blessed to still have my “Papa” with me while so many of my friends don’t – I count my blessings.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Tanya, for your nice compliment. I do know that you are blessed to still have your Papa, enjoy every moment that you get to share with him.

  49. chrisscheuer says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful father Karen (very handsome too!)

  50. How lovely and loving, Karen. Thank you for sharing! Hope you had a great Father’s Day.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ksenia, for your nice compliment and wish. It was a nice Father’s Day…we were at the lake and I cooked one of my husband’s favorite meals, grilled lamb kebobs with orzo. 🙂

  51. Michelle says:

    So sweet, Karen.

  52. A lovely tribute to a very fine father—Daddy, that is. 🙂

  53. wok with ray says:

    That is such a lovely tribute from a loving daughter to her wonderful father. I hope my children would give me a wonderful tribute like this someday. I love this post, Karen. Thank you! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Ray. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’m sure your children love you immensely and will definitely be giving you a wonderful tribute someday. 🙂

  54. Raymund says:

    Very nice tribute Karen and Belated Happy Fathers Day to all Fathers out there

    • Karen says:

      Hi Raymund, I’m glad that you enjoyed the tribute to my fathers. Hopefully, fathers everywhere had a great day with their family and friends.

  55. What a lovely tribute to both your Daddy and your husband, I hope your husband had a great day.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Nazneen, for your nice comment and wish. Yes, I think my husband did enjoy the day…we were at our cottage in Maine. I grilled lamb kebobs for him, one of his favorite dishes. 🙂

  56. Wonderful and touching tribute to your Father, a special man, Karen!

  57. You were blessed and lucky Karen. Good parents are treasures!

  58. What a beautiful tribute to your dad – and that picture is wonderful. I’ve always loved a man in uniform! 🙂 I’m always so happy to know someone who grew up like me, with a loving dad…you know, loving fathers seem to be a dying breed. We were both so lucky!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you so much Kelli, for your lovely thoughts…they are very much appreciated. I totally agree with you about how lucky we were to have loving fathers.

  59. what a wonderful post Karen! So sweet and what a wonderful dad! He was so handsome!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jessica, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post in tribute to my father. I thought he was very handsome too, that photo is my favorite. 🙂

  60. reggiorif says:

    You’ve almost made me cry (actually I have shed a couple of tears). I totally share what you have written. It’s been almost 15 years since my father passed away and to this day there is not a single day that goes by without me thinking about him and about the love I have/had for him. Thank you so much for this post Karen!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your lovely sentiments, Didi. It is hard to loose someone we loved so much but we have our wonderful memories that live on. Thank you for your sweet comment.

  61. Kristy says:

    A touching tribute. Daddy’s do hold a special place for us girls.

  62. Kathy says:

    Karen, this is such a heart-warming tribute to your dad. And what a handsome picture! I like what he taught you so lovingly. By the way, Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful year.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Kathy. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the tribute to my father. Thank you for your nice wish, it is much appreciated.

  63. Beautiful tribute to your father!

  64. A beautiful post. He was a very handsome man.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Rosa. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post about my father. I think he would be smiling that you thought he was handsome, I always thought he was too. 🙂

  65. This is a lovely tribute! You had a wonderful father.

  66. Daniela says:

    Thank you for this lovely post with a tribute to your father.
    You were truly blessed with such a wonderful,caring dad!

  67. You were truly blessed with a wonderful Dad. Your post reminded me so much of how I miss my Daddy and he was a wonderful caring Dad too!!!

  68. Madonna says:

    A lovely tribute to your handsome father. Now where is my kleenex? 🙂

  69. Gintare says:

    Karen, this was such a lovely and touching tribute to your father, really enjoyed reading it!

  70. Daphne says:

    Good Evening Karen, Your daddy would have loved the words you wrote about him…. he sounds like he was a very special man.
    George had a wonderful Father’s Day as for the first time in many years both our daughters were able to be at home for Father’s Day this year. We had a wonderful meal at Carluccio’s with lots of wonderful food.
    Best Wishes to you.
    Daphne

    • Karen says:

      Hi Daphne, I appreciate your kind words. Knowing my father, I do think he would have enjoyed what I wrote about him. He didn’t always share his feeling freely (I’m very much the same way) but I think this post would have made him smile. I’m happy that George was able to spend the day with both of your daughters, it sounds like a lovely celebration.

  71. Oh Karen it seems we had similar dads or daddys really…..I miss him terribly and you described my dad perfectly as you described yours…..I was indeed lucky to have him if only for a short time…I lost him when he started with Alzheimers when he was around 50…he died when he was 68.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, I’m happy to know that you had a wonderful father too but I’m so sorry that you lost him so early, especially to Alzheimers. I know you must miss him terribly.

  72. Such a beautiful tribute to your daddy. I hope he hasn’t been gone to long. I lost my dad 27 years ago and it seems like yesterday. He was also a good and kind man with a great sense of humor.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mary, for your lovely compliment and wish. I’m sorry that you lost your father way too early, I know you must miss him as I miss my father.

  73. Awww! I missed this last weekend, Karen, and I’m so glad I caught up to it today. What a precious tribute to your obviously very kind and conscientious father. I loved reading that he was so involved in his community, too. That little piece of detail fits nicely with a quality that I find very admirable. Lovely tribute, and by the way, a very handsome man! ox

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I appreciate your thoughtful comment about the tribute to my father. I always thought my father was handsome, I glad you think so too. 🙂

  74. What a heartfelt, special post about the special men in your life. I too have been so lucky to have a wonderful father. Thank you so much for sharing.

  75. A beautiful tribute for a handsome Daddy. Thanks for sharing his life with us, Karen. xo

  76. cabinet stew says:

    I miss my daddy. thanks for sharing yours!

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