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Our mothers were always right but did Father know best.

Our mothers were always right but did Father know best.

Old May 29th, 2001, 03:50 PM
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Old May 30th, 2001, 08:26 AM
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How about this to spark the creativity:

Poppa Was A Rolling Stone....Wherever He Left His Hat Was His Home...
The Temptations
Old May 31st, 2001, 01:57 AM
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Art, Good one!
Do you think I am made out of money?
Don't do a job unless you are going to do it right!
Who turned the heat up (past 64 degrees!) if you are cold, put on a sweater!
Boy, the first time I heard that come out of my mouth at my children!

We came from a fairly well-off family, had a live-in housekeeper, a person who did laundry twice a week, a handy man for the house, and a gardener.
My dad was NOT a self-made man either.
BUT, my dad would make my sister and I get outside after a snowstorm and shovel that walkway, and driveway.
We had to wash and wax both cars, for a $1, and he was very meticulous!
When we were teens and his private secretary went on vacation, we had to fill in.
When I refused to go to college, he said I had to leave or get a job. Got one working as a file clerk, lasted 4 months, then off to college I went.
My point with this , is that even though we were raised in a certain atmosphere, my dad taught us how to be responsible and not be afraid of hard work.

My dad took us boating, fishing, and I remember sitting on his lap, around the age of 8, while he explained the concept of "Infinity" to me.
He had breakfast with us every morning, while my mother "slept in"
When we bought our new school clothes, we had to do a "fashion "show for him.
He always told us we were beautiful!
Even with the braces, frizzy hair, and freckles.
Even though my father would move Heaven and Earth for my sister and I, he never spoiled us.
that was the best gift he ever gave us.
My parents and I went through a horrible time in the late 1960's when I brecame an "in your face", totally defiant hippie.
while he would threaten to put my "rags" out in the garage, he never threatened to kick me out, no matter how many schools I managed to get myself thrown out of.
In my late 20's, I finally came to my senses, went back to school, got a profession, settled down, had the only grandchildren he has.
My dad is very proud of me, and that means the world to me.Having his respect.
My father has had Parkinson's disease now for 18 yrs (he is only 75!) and it is finally taking its toll on him, physically.
But, I still see the twinkle in his eye, even though he has a hard time smiling.
I know this is long, sorry.
I am lucky to have had a caring dad.
and to those of you who did not, I am sorry!

My "Bepop" on the other hand, spoiled us rotten with treats, and slipping us $10 and $20's, and made us feel as if the sun revolved around us!.
But we were his only 2 grandchildren.
And maybe that is what grandfathers were for
(now our grandmothers were flaming you know whats!)
Happy father's day, to all who cared, tried, worked hard, and sacrificed (in many different ways)and to raise us right.

Old May 31st, 2001, 07:34 PM
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Art: What a wonderful tribute,and special memories of your dad. Mine has been dead 39 years and I still can hear his voice, see his face, and remember the very smell of him. Please get a copy and read a lovely book called "A Death in the Family" (try and you will truly relate to the boy in the story who lost his dad early to an accident, how it felt, and how he grew and was changed. A truly lovely story.
Old May 31st, 2001, 09:27 PM
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Hi Nancy, I never had my dad say "Do you think I'm made out of money" but I had to say it to my ex many times.
Old Jun 1st, 2001, 03:38 AM
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sorry about that Art
But , thanks for the laugh!
Old Jun 1st, 2001, 08:03 AM
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TTT for dad....
Old Jun 2nd, 2001, 03:37 PM
The Kid
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C'mon everyone, it's the last FULL weekend prior to Father's Day!

It a cathartic......
Old Jun 4th, 2001, 12:41 PM
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Dads - are they not the strong, the invincible, the steadfast and powerful? How I hated to displease mine, even though he would never raise his voice. Just the quiet conversation about how I'd erred and how it affected everyone would turn me into a puddle of tears. But today, even though he lives and I can think of a million wonderful memories and my own great pride in him, I'm the same puddle of tears knowing that alzheimer's has robbed us of both the past and any future. Happy Father's Day, Daddy.
Old Jun 4th, 2001, 03:20 PM
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Oh Shanna and others, thank you so much for your poignant, loving tributes to your Dads.

I will visit my 86-year-old Daddy in Florida on Wednesday. Our hugs will be longer and sweeter because of your heartfelt reminders.

Forever his "Missy"....
Old Jun 5th, 2001, 04:33 PM
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Cmon guys, its almost Fathers Day. any more out there?
Old Jun 14th, 2001, 10:51 AM
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I had an Uncle, Hungarian by birth although he lived in the US for most of his life. I used to visit his family every summer for a few weeks after my dad passed away. I kind of adopted him after my dad was gone although I didnít see him that often. He came to Germany on business shortly after I arrived there in the Air Force and took me out to dinner. I was so amazed at his ability to speak German to the cab driver that I decided right then that I would learn German. (He spoke 7 languages). He was a brilliant man with over two hundred patients on file. He started several companies and several are still around (some he sold). He came up with a totally non-toxic treatment that worked for several types of cancer, authorities, psoriases based on strengthening the bodies immune system. The testing that was done had incredible results, but unfortunately the requirements for FDA are so costly that he was never able to finish since it was all privately funded. He also came up with the formula for the reflective white paint for the highways and roads. I never get in my car without thinking of him. He received his PHD in bio- chemistry at the University of Vienna at the ripe old age of 23 (this was during the hyper inflation of Europe) He and my aunt worked with prison inmates trying to help them reform, they were on several marches in DC and generally were involved trying to make the Earth a better place to live. In their 80ís they were traveling in the Himalayas on mules. Every time that I went back east, I would make time to spend a couple of days with them. Uncle Leslie and I would have some great discussions on many topics from politics to travel to about anything. Occasionally we would switch positions on a topic and continue our discussions. (We had both read the history of the Wright brothers, who often did that.) One of the (many) high points of my life was when uncle Leslie and aunt Alice were visiting Calif and he was getting the 25cent tour of our new hose, he returned from the family room and remarked that he was very impressed with my library. That lasted for days. He passed away 9 years ago in July. As well as my dad, I also miss Uncle Leslie very much and learned much from him.
Old Jun 14th, 2001, 03:24 PM
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Old Jun 14th, 2001, 09:56 PM
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I was hoping that this thread would ttt.

How about we post something about our dads that someone else would say about dad?

For instance, we could post what our moms said/say about our dads. Or one could post what our dads friends or neighbors said/say about our dads.

Just a thought for OUR dads and ANYTHING positive to keep this special thread on top.

The sharing of stories has been so thoughtful and personal...this has been a nice spot to quietly hang out.

Thanks to all of you for sharing the important parts of life...

My Best
Old Jun 15th, 2001, 08:43 AM
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I find it interesting (maybe not the correct word) that "Getting laid in Europe" had almost 150 responses and one honoring our fathers has only 53!!!
Old Jun 15th, 2001, 04:17 PM
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Well Art,
I expect the National enquirer, or
USA Today(is that the name of that newspaper?) sells more on a daily basis than The New York Times!
I have been listening to some wonderful programs on Fathers,
Fathers and sons, and Fathers and Daughters on Public Radio today, and they will be having programs throughout the weekend (depending on your area!)
I heard an interview with an author today, wrote a book, called
Finding our Fathers.
I may even buy a copy for my husband !
The mom one was funny, but I think that Dads bring up more intense feelings, good and bad for most people.
Maybe some can not write about them?.
But, I have enjoyed them, and am glad you started this, and when i give MY dad a big hug on Sunday, I will think of your thread.
Thanks again , Art, and everyone who posted!
Go For It Dads!
Old Jun 16th, 2001, 05:00 AM
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ttt for D-day
Old Jan 25th, 2003, 10:19 AM
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