Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there. I was blessed with a wonderful Daddy. He spoiled me rotten and gave me anything I ever wanted -- lol -- yep -- I was a spoiled rotten little brat -- a redhaired, baby of the family, spoiled brat.
My Dad was an awesome man. My husband tells me to this day that my Dad was and still is such an inspiration to him. You see, my Daddy was injured when I was just a tot. He was paralyzed from the waist down and couldn't walk. He went thru many, many surgeries. He told the dr. he would not go home to his kids if he couldn't walk. He finally did. It was a miracle!!! Then when I was in junior high, he was helping my brother work on his car and the jack gave way and the car fell on him, crushing his skull. It was a horrible thing. Daddy survived this too.
My Daddy did walk by the aid of crutches and braces on both legs. He endured pain his entire life and had many, many health issues. Once he was able to work again, he supported our family by delivering newspapers. Then when his health improved a bit more, he opened up a TV shop. Do any of you remember when the TV repairman would come to your home and repair the TV? Today, we just throw them away and buy a new one. The picture below is an old one. It is Daddy standing by his TV van. This is how I choose to remember my Daddy. He was happy and never complained about his pain. He loved his kids and loved those grandkids. He always was picking at them. He was an awesome, awesome man and an inspiration for all mankind. He never, never let his suffering get in the way of providing for his family. He could have just taken disability and not worked, but he would not allow himself to do that. He persevered and I have so much respect for him.
His last days on earth were not good ones, but I choose to remember the good days. He is now living with his Heavenly Father. I know that I will see him again one day. He will not be wearing those braces and will not be on crutches. I'm going to challenge him to a foot race!!! Daddy, I miss you so much and have so many things to say to you and share with you. I have never stopped loving you and I'll see you in Heaven.