Sunday, June 19, 2011

Magical Moment 500, "Fathers"

My dad comes up quite a bit in this blog. In fact, he was in the very first of these 500 (wow, time flies) consecutive posts. I suppose it's a testament to the good father he's been throughout my life, supporting every crazy thing I've done from jumping out of airplanes to moving to New York. As much as he may hate that I've been away from home for so long chasing my ambitions, he knows that he has only himself to blame. For he taught me to always follow my passion. And I learned that by his example.

I always remember my grandpa today as well. We lost him when I was 16, but thankfully have a lifetime of memories to carry with me. I remember him standing at the grill as the family gathered outside, enjoying a summer afternoon. I remember his collection of Energizer Bunnies, and the way he sat side by side with my grandma in their rockers with his dog, Sam on his lap. When I think of him, I think of a man who survived more obstacles in his life than probably anyone else I know.

There are few occasions more important to a woman, than her wedding day. Mine was beautiful and everything I could have wanted for such an event. I wasn't nervous about seeing Eddie for the first time, or vowing to be with him forever. I knew that would be fine. I didn't need a ceremony to tell me that. But I was nervous about my dad walking me down the aisle and "giving me away." I knew that would put a lump in my throat. And our father/daughter dance later on, did even more than that. But nearly 4 years later, I am still my father's daughter. And one of the most wonderful things about getting married, is gaining a new family. I have two wonderful grandpas now and a father-in-law, all who I know I can depend on for anything. So today, I am thinking about all the fathers in my life and how blessed of a daughter, granddaughter and daughter-in-law I am!

"A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life."  
~Irish Saying

"I may have found my Prince Charming, but dad will always be King!"
~Author Unknown

"What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the 
unveiled secret of the father."  
~Friedrich Nietzsche

"Don't wait to make your son a great man - make him a great boy."  
~Author Unknown

Little Eddie and his dad (Awwww!)

**Top 2 photos by Frank Ekeler**

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Deborah said...

This is just beautiful Elizabeth, it bought a lump to my throat ... and those pictures are simply lovely.

Dawn said...

What a beautiful post Elizabeth. I just love this. Happy Fathers Day to all the men in our lives.

texwisgirl said...

very sweet. you've been very blessed.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Beautiful post, and beautiful shots, Elizabeth.

One of the things I would go back and kick my own butt for is for how little I considered my parents or how they were feeling about my wedding day. I'd love to go back and be able to apologize for any wrongs I may have done them, to find out what was going through their minds. It's astonishing to me now how little consideration I gave them, even though they never once complained or intimated that they had anything but a lovely time.


Some day in heaven, if we care anymore about that kind of stuff, we'll talk.

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful post Elizabeth, your wedding photos are awesome.

Robin Malherbe said...

Beautiful photos and a wonderful tribute!

Joyce Gannucci said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts and precious photos with us Elizabeth!! It was a joy to read!

Hilary said...

So tender and sweet. Your family is blessed.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is a beautiful story of a fathers love. Belated Happy Fathers Day to him!

Busy Bee Suz said...

The photo of your Dad and you is just so priceless!
This is a beautiful post, you are surrounded by wonderful men; a blessing!

Linda said...

A beautiful post, Elizabeth, with beautiful photos. I love the one that shows a tear on your cheek as you are dancing with your dad.

Rick said...

Great tribute, Elizabeth, and awesome quotes.