Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Father's Day Confession: We're Not Normal....

It's true.  We aren't normal, or at least that's what we've been told on occasion.  And...after observing a variety of family dynamics over the past few decades or so, I'm beginning to think it may be true.  We can thank our parents for that, though.  They taught us, by example, that family always comes through for each other through the joyous times in our lives, the scary times, the sad times, and the down right catastrophic times.  They also taught us to find joy and thankfulness even in the midst of catastrophe.  They taught us that life's way too short to let a petty disagreement come between family members.

Our Mom and Dad are the epitomy of selflessness.  They loved and still love all of us unconditionally, and were humble enough to let us think, in all the years we were growing up, that everybody's family was just like ours.  We're older and wiser now, though, and have seen enough tragedy in this world to realize just how blessed we are.

I'm going to let this slide show speak for itself today.  It's in honor of our Dad on Father's Day, and it's also a tribute to our relationship with our parents and the love that they still share with each other after 60 years of marriage.

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!  We love you very much!

5 comments:

Loudlife said...

Jessie, that is so sweet. What a lovely thing to do!

Jodi Ohl said...

I love it....what a wonderful tribute!! I had tears in my eyes watching your family grow and celebrate through the years with your dear father at the helm of it all.

Kathy said...

yep, got me crying too. Oh Jessie, what did I see the most in these photos, SMILES...your family looks to just, love life. What a wonderful tribute to not only your Daddy, but your family. Your mom and dad, are so sweet, God has blessed them with all of these wonderful years and FAMILY. Tugs my heart strings, being away from family all of my adult life... Thanks for sharing them with us, no wonder you love them so.

Noir said...

i feel lucky to have stumbled upon this. i was moved. thnx for sharing

joeyandaleethea said...

oh my gosh - what a beautiful, beautiful slide show - such a wonderful tribute to your Dad! I'm crying over here, and I don't even know your family!! :) All the best to you and yours this season and always.