Art Journal — Time Remembering Dad

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I’m not really a greeting card holiday kind of gal, but with today being Flag Day and tomorrow Father’s Day here in the US and my Dad has been on my mind….It’s been 13 years since he passed away, but it seems like yesterday. I can see him plain as day nurturing his tomato plants in the garden, swimming in our back yard pool, standing over the charcoal grill cooking dinner and having a lovely dance at Father/Daughter weekend when I was in college, then heading off to watch the Boston Celtics play basketball and going out for a late breakfast after the game.  We used to swim in the ocean at Plum Island in Newburyport, MA which has a wicked undertow and he would hold my hand while I splashed about in the frigid water no matter how cold he was.  He came to the rescue always.  He was gallant and charming, kind and honorable.  He was loyal and good, the kind of good you want to see in anyone, that you hope for, that you want to emulate. He built my son’s first go cart with him for boy scouts, he built me a picnic table that was just my size when I was little.  He worked long hours leaving before 6:30 every morning and returning about the same time every night, but he was the ONLY Dad who would go out and pitch the ball for our backyard games until darkness called everyone in.

Some of my favorite memories of my Dad were the times we spent digging for clams at the mud flats in Salisbury Beach(when it was still clean enough to do so).  Our neighborhood group had lobster and clam bakes several times a summer and Dad and me were responsible for getting the clams.  Clamming is hard work but we never failed to bring home the bushels, and enjoy eating as many as we could.

He was my hero, and I miss him.  I added his photo, taken with his Mom when he was in the air force during WW II to my journal page just so you could all see him.  A handsome fellow to be sure…hope he is smiling wherever he is now.  I am so lucky to have  wonderful  fellows as the Superhero and my son, who are just as good and loyal and loving as my Dad was.  Yay for the good guys.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, hope you enjoy being surrounded by the love of your families…

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Comments

  1. What a lovely touching tribute to your father and what a handsome man indeed he was. He sounds like the kind of man I couldn’t help but like too. I’m fortunate to still have my Dad around and I went to visit him last weekend. He’s one of the good guys too.

  2. Oh Corrine- what a lovely heartfelt tribute to your Dad! From reading your post- I can see he was a very very special man! I understand your pain, even many years later .
    I miss my Dad too- he was only 64 when he passed 23 years ago- retired a year and a half. Too young, too soon- so many things we never got to share-
    Thank you so much for sharing your memories and thank you for stirring mine! xoxo

  3. Thank you for allowing me to meet your father today, Corrine. Indeed, he was a handsome man. Might I add that his daughter has not fallen far from his “tree, and I am privileged to know her, as well! Enjoy the wonderful men in your life!

  4. A lovely tribute to your Dad, and you have made a wonderful page to his memory. Hugs, Valerie

  5. A wonderful tribute to your father. Growing up near the coast must have been great.

  6. Lovely tribute (great color, too).

  7. Full of love Corrine, the sun is shining on this beautiful tribute!

  8. I loved reading your memories of your dad. You were blessed and still are. We never forget our dads..

  9. pamelaarts says:

    This is lovely. He sounds like a great dad — and a very handsome one too.

  10. What a lovely post, Corrine. Thank you so much for sharing your memories with us! Your page looks great and is a wonderful heartfelt tribute to your Dad.

  11. Heartwarming tribute Corrine! Your parents are both handsome.

    xoxo

  12. I have a lump in my throat. Yay, for the good guys, indeed!

  13. A wonderful tribute, to your dear father, Corrine. Beautiful memories of happy hours, -and great to make a remembering page or card , with those old happy photoes.
    My father died when only 65 years old, and I miss the things we should have reached together !
    Hugs,Dorthe

  14. jill eudaly says:

    Very nice post. Your family will love reading and seeing the wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing! My dad died when I was a teenager. He always had a project going on, this apple didn’t fall from the tree.
    xxox,
    jill

  15. Nancy Lee says:

    Super sweet note about your dad.
    I remember a while back you did one on your mom,too.
    What a wonderful childhood you had.
    This was great reading. Maybe a book some day!!

  16. What a lovely blogpost. How lucky you were to have had such a fine dad.

  17. Beautiful post. He sounds like a wonderful man, and I’m sure he would be pleased to know he got featured in your art journal ♥

  18. how did I miss this!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful father with us Corrine!
    and how wonderful to have special men in your life which is truly a special blessing!
    oxo
    p.s. I believe our Loved ones that have passed on are much closer to us than we can tell just behind the veil ever watchful of us (((hugs)))

  19. What a lovely bunch of memories. We never stop loving them, missing them, or going on living with them-I guess.

  20. He sounds like one amazing dad!

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