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With Father's Day right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to take a moment and reflect on those influential dads in our lives. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers -- what a nice time to honor these relationships.

We dusted off a few personal photos of our own dads.

Father's Day with The Grommet

Not surprising that some of our dads are makers and innovators as well. What about your dad? How would you describe him? Leave a comment below, we'd love to read it!

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  • Eugenie Says:

    My dad passed on to me his love of the outdoors despite the fact that we lived in New York City. He was always taking the family to parks on the weekends. During the summer we would go camping and he would cook meals on his Coleman stove. I moved to the country when I grew up and continue to camp and hike.

  • Lacey Says:

    The person through our struggle who has had the strongest head on my shoulders, if he couldnt make enough money to put food on the table he'd make sure it was there. I couldn't thank someone enough everyday for keeping me strong through the fight we are trying to go through with his emphysema knowing that he can't work and supporting four kids and two grandchildren I know my dad has put a good head on my shoulders and will forever keep me motivated to finish high school... I wish everyone knew how much I appreciate this man just being there with us through bad and good.

  • Kayla Bates Says:

    I have been a daddy girl since day one. although my father had his issues just like everyone else he has overcome all obstacles he has face and become a wonderful man. my dad has passed his passion for being a lover not a fighter to me. i wouldnt be the woman i am today without him

  • Krista Says:

    When I hear the quote, "it's nice to be important, but more important to be nice", I think of my dad. He was always kind to everyone and would spend time with those people who others might have shunned. Even when he was diagnosed with cancer and was given chemo and radiation. He had an oncologist who was new to the field and didn't quite seem to know what she was doing. When I talked to him about her and asked if he thought about going to another oncologist, he had mentioned that he had thought about it but that is all. He told me he didn't want to "hurt her feelings", even though his life was on the line. So he continued to see her. That was just the type of caring person my father was. I will always treasure the life lessons he taught me.

  • Elizabeth Jalbert Says:

    When I fell in love and married a real "guy's guy" I never could have pictured what an amazing father he would be. He can be found regularly whistling my daughter's favorite tunes, teaching her how to throw and catch a ball, and commenting on how delicious the "tea" she just served him is. His favorite hobby is making either of our children laugh, those deep down belly laughs, and you can find him at the park with them any time he is not working. I am so lucky to have him as my partner and the father to our two little ones (2.9 years and 8 months).

  • maria Says:

    My father is my role model. He was born in NY but raised in Ecuador. As a young Boy he loved every sport and became the champion at almost every game he played. One of the smartest Men in his classes. Got married young with my mother and had 3 kids. When times got tough he came to the USd left ya us behind to send us money since we stayed in Ecuador. While in the US he slept in cardboard boxes till he found a place to stay from the little money he earned knocking on doors and asking if they needed any repairs in the house although he had no idea how to do any repair work. He even stood at a construction site and said he was not moving until they offer him a job as one of the workers. He stayedall morning and night for days till they saw his desperation and gave him the job. Shortly after he passed the police test not.knowing much english at all. 11 years later and he is a sheriff aiming for the position of captain. My father is the reason I believe in the American dream and thanks to him I know nothing is impossible if you work hard enough.

  • Cea Says:

    My Dad had a really tough time saying, "I love you", because of the way he was raised, but when you pulled in the driveway, he was waiting, to check the oil, check the battery, put air in the tires and you never left the house without him saying " Have you checked your lights?". At our house love was expressed in caring about our safety "Because you never know who is driving beside you", or in taking an hour to walk with the grandkids to the store for an Ice Cream Sandwich, but very rarely with words, he taught us to love through our actions and I never leave the house without checking my lights {Yes, Dad, I changed the taillight} and although he is gone now, I still pull in the driveway expecting to see him with his oil can waiting to say "I love you" one more time.....

  • Amy Says:

    I love my Dad no matter what, but my mom is beginning to signs of dementia, and he is not stepping up. Happy Father's Day anyway Dad :(

  • Sand Says:

    My father dedicated his life to helping people, he's been an alcohol counselor, a social worker in helping kids, the elderly and the disabled. He runs into people all the time who thank him for helping change their lives. I'm so blessed to have him as my father!

  • Beth Says:

    my father is the second set of eyes on my kid's when we go to the bay. he is the one that puts 3 kid's on his lap and goes through the richard scary book for the 100th time, asking "where's the pig in a pickle car?" he's the one that feeds them chocolate chip cookies and tootsie roll right before dinner. best dad, granddad ever. :)

  • Janel M. Says:

    My dad was a very difficult person with a personality disorder. It made for a difficult childhood, but in his later life we were able to reconnect before his death in 2011.

  • Jen Marceaux Says:

    This is my first Father's Day without my dad. He was a soft-spoken man with a hard exterior and big heart. There wasn't a person who met my dad who didn't love & respect him. I was part-time caregiver for him during the last months of his life and the roles were reversed. I was so proud that he handled this so well. He was a proud man, but very open to having his little girl take care of him.

  • Lori M Says:

    My Dad just turned 87 years old. He lived through the depression years, and served our country in the Navy in two different stints. He passed on his values of hard work and honesty to his three children. He has worked very hard all of his life, and still tries to, even though his failing sight and weakened body does not allow him to do much.

  • Karen Says:

    My Dad is an inspiration, not just to me but to everyone who knows him. He lost his NYC home in Hurricane Sandy earlier this year, but that didn't stop him from working to help other seniors during that time. He's a board member of the local senior center and saw to it that others had power restored and meals delivered. He's my strongest support and can also be my strictest critic -- and he loves me unconditionally. I rely on him today as I always have -- and he turned 91 last month! According to his doctor, he might live forever and I'm hoping that's exactly what happens!!

  • Fred Says:

    My Dad died with I was 25 and had just figured out what a great father he truly was. We had many disagreements while I was growing up, but now after raising two boys - I now know what a great role model he was and that he taught me so much. Miss you Dad - Happy Father's Day.

  • Kuei-Ti Lu Says:

    My dad is an electrical engineer who has talked about electricity, electronics, and computers with my for several years. In addition to science and engineering, he likes to read about history and often uses history as an example of dealing with life. He almost always inspires me when we discuss social issues and plays an important role in my building my own philosophy.

  • Donna Says:

    Daddy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 40. This drastically changed life for our family, including 3 teenagers. His condition deteriorated pretty fast but not his disposition. I never heard him complain and he loved to joke, right up until the day he died. I can still see his sweet smile and sparkling blue eyes. I'll love him and his example forever!

  • Elisse Says:

    My dad passed away in 1997, and I miss him tremendously... When I was born in 1959 he was 42, and so he'd had an entire "life"- that my mother had no clue about!- much of which came to light after he died and I began to go through his papers. One of the things I learned is that during WWII, when he was a surveyor in Trinidad building airfields, he was offered a commission in the British Army as an officer- and turned it down! I assume he did so as he would have lost his American citizenship- something that, as a child of immigrants from Eastern Europe, was deeply precious to him. Knowing how anti-Semitic the British were/are, that they offered my father, who was Jewish and didn't have any college, much less a degree, (he got his degree when he was 60...), an officer's commission astounded me... and he never said a word! But he kept everything! And I do mean Everything! And when you find "junk mail" that's 80 years old it's become a "collectable" and it's hard to throw it out! LOL I still have boxes of his papers to go through and wonder what else I will discover!

  • Bonnie Says:

    My dad gave me my personality and the best memories anyone could ever wish for. He always saw the world through rose colored glasses, and liked everyone. He was witty and funny and fun, and people loved him! He would dance with my mom at the kitchen sink, and then I'd stand on his feet and he'd take me dancing, too! He taught me (always the smallest girl in the class), to play basketball, and was the submarine in our family pool; he gave me the courage to become a diver on the swim team. He sold ladies lingerie for a living, and I got all the "great" samples at the end of the season, heck, I never bought my own bras! I just told him my size and he brought me various brands and styles and then got more of my favorites. When I turned 16 he periodically let me "drive" him to work (he was a traveling manufacturers representative), to give me driving experience. Having lunch at Friendly's was always such fun with Dad - he'd always order a "Big Beef" on toast. When my kids came along he was the best "Ba Ba" in the world; he was funny, taught them magic, and was there as much for them as he was for me. Mostly, we all remember him for his music. He loved all kinds - even the "Beatles." He was always singing and he played the harmonica, he asked you what you wanted to hear and played it right then and there. My kids were serenaded by harmonica tunes of Mickey Mouse Club, Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I think of him daily, and miss him more. Bobby Darin's, "Mack the Knife" and Donovan's, "Sunshine Superman," along with so many other songs make me smile and reminisce. I am so grateful for my dad, he was a happy, and genuinely nice person who, in large part, made me the person I am today. I loved him then, I love him still.

  • Nancy Says:

    I love my Dad for making the choice to stay true to his family when another world beckoned, for teaching me respect, and for caring about me no matter what I chose. Thanks, Daddy.

  • Vicky Says:

    Living with my Dad was like an episode of MacGyver. He was (and is at 81) so creative and able to figure out anything. We had a zip-line in our backyard in the 60's (with no helmets or straps); a swing hung from chains 40' high, making an amazing, breath-stopping arc; and slot car tracks in the basement (for rainy days). Even today, I often bring my broken "toys" to my Dad to fix. Happy Father's Day, Dad!

  • Dana Says:

    One of my fondest memories of my father is his interaction with our dog Cinderella. A white and black peek-a-poo who would spring straight up when he came home. Here's this 6'3" guy and this tiny little dog leaping up so high. Cinderella also shared his lap during evenings of TV watching. Maybe that's where my love of animals comes from.

  • Jan Says:

    Dad was the 7th of 9 children. He was his parents' first "American baby" after they immigrated here from Europe. Grade school was one-room, grades 1-8. After high school he put himself through college milking cows (during the Depression) for the college. Growing up in a bi-lingual home, he was always fascinated by words and their power. I'm grateful for his wisdom and feel lucky that we got him for our Dad.

  • Heidi Says:

    My Dad has always been an honest man and completely loyal to my mother. He has traveled on business trips with other guys that didn't share those qualities. He stood firm and didn't join in. Both my parents taught me to stand for your values, even when no one else is.

  • Wendy Says:

    When I was young, my Daddy was always working hard to take care of my Mum who was so ill. He still made time to swing me and spin me around as I so loved when he came home. When I was sick he would brush my hair until I slept. He taught me so much, some things I didn't realise until I was a Mum myself. I lost my Daddy four years ago after a fight with cancer. I was there with him and took care of him. Some of his last words to me were how much I had taught him. How could that be? He was/is my hero and I can still hear his wisdom and laughter when I close my eyes. Happy Father's Day Daddy. I Miss You to the moon.

  • Bernadette Says:

    My Grandpa was from Poland and experienced the poverty and tragedy of war before he moved to the United States. He always chose to be positive and taught me the power of laughter. He also held onto old items and repurposed things regularly which taught me value. Finally, he always shopped around and bought high quality things for fair prices....which is why I'm drawn to great sites like The Grommet! :) Thanks Dzida!!

  • Jess Emke Says:

    My dad taught me from a young age to go after what I want, never to quit, and chase my dreams as far as they'll take me. He taught me to protect myself, body and mind, and not to give in to peer pressure or drugs when times got tough. I thank God every day for giving me the perfect dad for me. He's helped shape me into the loving wife and mother I am today

  • Pama Says:

    Dad was a honky Tonkin man. He went from town to town, singing and playing his guitar. He never made money so he would get a job as a cook or plumber to pay for the next tank of gas. I never really knew him but, as I get older, I realize I understood him as few in my family could. I, too, am content to have precious, if sparse, possessions and relationships. I want to own the perfect glass, but not a mansion. I want to make art and laughter but am not concerned with changing the world... Just my small part of it. My Daddy is precious because he was who he was without pretending to be more or less. And, sometimes, that's exactly just right.

  • Marj Says:

    I would love to tell you all about my dad. Unfortunately, he was taken away too soon. I was only two. My relatives all tell me that he thought the sun rose and set on me; but I missed out on the chance to be "Daddy's Little Girl"! All I have are some pix from when I was a "wee bitty" and a few short clips from home movies. From these, I can tell that he loved me very, very much and I wish I had the opportunity to tell him how much I love him and miss him. Happy Father's Day to the Daddy I didn't get the chance to know.

  • Linda Says:

    My Dad was a bank teller who always had the longest line in the bank. People waited a long time in his line because he was so kind and caring and thorough. When he retired, we learned that other tellers could not even coax people to come out of the line for quicker service. There was never a day when he did not value life and all the people he touched at work. He was a true kind soul.

  • JanPattersonRN Says:

    My Dad, for all his difficulties, found ways to share his interests with me. On Saturday mornings we'd go down to the hardware store -an old-fashioned high ceiling'd store with rolling ladders on either wall and bins and bins of knobs for saucepan lids and all sizes of hinges for gates- and teach me about tools and grommets, so that I would know how things work & be able to do repairs myself. He ordered the "Things of Science" kits, and every month we'd do one together. He wouldn't tell when I couldn't sleep and snuck downstairs to watch Jack Paar with him, and he didn't mind when I read comics, as long as I also read real books, and looked up words I didn't know in the dictionary. In later years he made amends for the lacks in our relationship due to his alcoholism, made efforts to get to know my sons, and, the last weekend I saw him, spent two days telling me story after story and fact after fact about him and his family, in hopes that what had been missed in earlier years could be passed on now. He'd be amused with this website, and impressed with so many of the creative people you showcase here. Happy Father's Day, Dad. I hope that where ever your last bit of energy went, it's gone into making something lovely in the Universe.

  • Edie McGahan Says:

    I miss my daddy - he passed away but is always here in spirit and in my heart. He provider for all 8 of his children - we never wanted for much, always had clothes on our back and food in our belly. He worked hard and played hard and instilled this balance in us all. Miss you daddy! Happy Father's Day! (Hugs)

  • Jack Says:

    My favorite memories of my father were when one year (1965) when I was nine our school was having a fundraiser. First prize was a AM radio probably worth $2. I tried and tried to sell those boxes of candy and couldn't for the life of me sell more than a dozen or so. I dreamt about selling the most and winning the radio but didnt stand a chance so I asked my dad if he could sell some at work and he came home and I was all over him asking and asking if he had sold any. My dad was a very quiet tough guy and didn't talk to us much so it was somewhat normal not to get a response right away. He went into the bathroom and I was drilling him through the door " Dad, Dad, dad and eventually the door slowly opened and there he was, pants at his ankles sitting on the bowl and in his hand was the biggest wad of dollar bills I had ever laid my eyes on ....326 dollar bills in the biggest roll.I had sold 297 more than anyone else, needles to say I won the radio. If your upset that I won the radio because of my dads efforts thats ok because you'll be happy to know that less than a week later the girl from around the corner beat me up and took it!

  • Jenn Says:

    My dad and I share a love of science, technology, and invention/innovation. I remember when I was young, my dad was always pointing out interesting things in nature and giving me the scientific explanations. While most young girls might dream of going to Disney World to see the castle, I wanted to see Future World at EPCOT. Even as an adult, our family still takes Disney vacations and dad and I can usually be found in the Innoventions pavilions. My dad owns his own contracting/remodeling business and is extremely creative. My siblings inherited his talents in those areas. At family dinners, its common for dad and I to annoy the rest of the family with our math 'jokes'. We can't have a phone conversation without sharing some type of science/tech factoid. I'm a teacher and I always strive to pass on the enthusiasm for innovation that I got from my dad.

  • Jenn H Says:

    My dad is a hard-worker with strong work ethic. Even as he was going through radiation and chemo treatments, he still continued doing difficult physical labor. My dad is a science/technology enthusiast and I definitely share those interests!

  • April Brewer Says:

    HI Grommet Lovers! my story is a little different than most. I did not meet my father until I was 18 and getting married due to divorce and bad blood between my mother and father. I always wanted to be Daddy's little girl. I finally am. He lives in Houston , Texas while I live in Springdale, AR. We talk all of the time and visit as often as we can. I am finally Daddy's little girl! He calls me "sugar' and tells me know how much he missed and how much he regretted not being in my life. I tell him that it no longer matters since we are the way we should be, now. I feel as if he was always there, in many different ways. I feel as if we were never apart! My father is a strong, wonderful and generous person that shows me as much love an devotion as he possible can. I am I return it to him as well. Happy Father' Day Daddy! I love you!

  • Diane Says:

    My dad is amazing. He grew up during the depression in a rare single-parent home with his father in the area but emotionally absent. He started working at odd jobs for money when he was only 8 to help put food on the table for him & his mother & 2 brothers. He was too young to enlist during WWII (he was only 16 when it ended, but when his friends were being drafted to go fighting Korea & he wasn't, he inquired & discovered a clerical error (they'd shown him serving when he'd only been in some kind of junior reserves for teens) & away he went. He was a medic & had the sobering job of field triage: deciding who could be helped by evacuating & who to give opiates to so they could ease out of this world with less pain.
    He came home & married Mom, who'd he'd met 2/3 the way across the country when he had left his family to travel after high school to escape some of the nutty extended family dynamics. He built tiny houses for a while, tried going to a Bible Institute but really had never learned to read well & had to drop that. Then two kids came along & he worked for the local phone company. We didn't have everything we wanted, but had everything we needed, especially love & a daddy who would play with us after work even though he was tired. He used to make us toys like he'd made for himself & his brothers growing up: rubber and guns, go-carts from outgrown tricycles, wooden brain puzzler games. He now has 3 granddaughters & 2 grandsons who are continuing to build on the strong foundation of family that he built with little positive role modeling in his family. He has been an awesome role model of a parent & a real man.

  • Janice Says:

    My Dad was wonderful! He was a very gentle, caring man who worked hard but always had time to give his kids. His faith helped him overcome a difficult family life and several medical issues. He was "MacGyver" before there was a "MacGyver". Being very resourceful, he could fix almost anything with duct tape, glue, wire or some spare part he kept because "you never know when you'll need something like that." He passed five years ago at the age of 87. I have lots of fond memories of him like his making us breakfast on Sunday mornings when he wasn't working, or playing cards or other games with us. Happy Father's Day Dad, I love you and miss you!

  • karen helen szatkowski Says:

    My Dad was an airplane electrician during World War II at March Field in California so he didn't deploy overseas which allowed me to be born smack dab in the middle of the war. My fondest memory of him as a very young child was his dismantling the electric light on my new doll house that I got for Christmas because he said it was too dangerous. He was always the protective, warm and caring man and it was a great personal tragedy when he died 12 days before my twins were born. He was a young man of 62. I think of him often.

  • Kira Says:

    My dad...My biological father was not able to be a dad. However, my DAD (Papa) is the man who stepped in & raised me; albeit he was my "foster" dad, he has been & always will be MY DAD (Papa)! Not only was he already a father of 4 (3 natural & my foster brother), he was a dedicated husband, a mentor to many & a proud member of the USAF. Papa is still an inspiration to this day. Us kids joke that if it's happened in life, Papa knows how/has been through it. Papa was adopted himself, being a child of mixed nationalities, in the time he was born, was rough, to say the least. Yet, my Papa NEVER accepted anything but his best! Papa has been a dedicated husband for almost 37 years, he reminds us of why "sticking it out" & fighting for your marriage is such an amazing & worthwhile thing. Working in education since retiring from the military, Papa passes on his wit, humor, will, & service to those in need; onto so many others. Papa is an amazing DAD, grandpapa, friend, husband, teacher, serviceman, etc...(the list really could go on:)...I am ever so grateful to my PAPA, for he chose to love me, accept me, set me straight when needed, teach me, guide me, listen to me, & most of all, just be there for me!!!

  • Joan E. Says:

    My dad is the man who used to let me "work" with him as he was repairing things. He would have his projects spread out on one end of the kitchen table and I would have mine spread out on the other. Whatever I wanted to do, he would help me figure out a way. he didn't care that I was a girl. he was thrilled with my interest in engineering and physics. I remember all the times I would do something like take apart my music box to see how it worked and he would help me out when I found I had extra pieces after putting it back together. He always taught me to believe in myself, that I could be anything I wanted to be. This is only one of the ways in which he was amazing as I was growing up!

  • Stephanie Scott Says:

    My grandpa is one of the kindest men you will ever meet. Everyone makes a big joke about how the first thing he'll say to a guest is, "Do you want a pop?" And he won't stop until you indulge him... and have a pop. He worked his whole life as a truck driver and when he retired he kicked his habit of smoking cigarettes. He was an alcoholic who stopped cold turkey. My father was absent from my life, but I learned what a great man was, and how great men should treat others, by how my grandpa treated everyone around him. He set the bar high for men and I was lucky enough to marry a man who is similar. I love my Grandpa Ron more than anyone knows. He's very humble and loves with all his heart, and as I typed this I just realized why I have such a hard time receiving compliments, because he taught me humility. I love you Grandpa!

  • Tammy B Says:

    I had a FUN Dad every summer we went on a car trip. We would stop at every roadside and even some way off side road attractions there were. Giant balls of twine oh ya saw that, buildings made of corn went there too,a goat petting zoo where the goat ate my sisters purse what a riot! Of course Disney was always my favorite my Dad loved what he called the north shore (Duluth,MN). This is my second fathers day without my dad. I love and miss you Dad!

  • sabrina hollis Says:

    My father is my hero, a man who has been there for me no matter what. he will be 80 in july and has gone through 2 years of hell. He got a brain tumor and came through with flying colors and now 6 months ago got cancer and has gone through treatment and now it is a waiting game to see if they got it all...through all this i was not able to be by his side because he does not want me to see him like that... and all this time all he has done is worryed about me and if i am okay and his grandson... my hero thinks of his family and not his woes... i call that a amazing man....

  • Mary Wilding Says:

    Here's to the "greatness" of all the dad's and grandfathers our there! If yours are still alive tell them what they mean to you --often! Hope it was a special Father's Day for everyone!
    My tribute is here! http://wp.me/p2U2Tf-1ow

  • Sandy Says:

    I lost my Dad when I was 19. I miss him often and now I am 53 almost the same age he was when he fell of a ladder 20 feet ( Painting contractor)and died 3 days later from a pulmanary embolisim, blood clot in his lung.

  • Daniel Raleigh Says:

    My father dedicated his entire life to helping others. Even the ones that would turn their back on others, he would give without asking why. He believed in being strong and independent and not wasting the short time we have here while on earth. He is missed by many many people and will be remembered for a long time.

  • Elizabeth Burn Says:

    My father was a natural teacher and through that I learned how to be independent, considerate, trustworthy, and honorable. By applying these values he modeled in his own life as a managing engineer of a textile plant, who balanced work with play, I developed a real understanding of what he felt was important in life. Sadly, he died of a major stoke when I was fourteen and he just forty five years old. It was a crushing blow and made life very difficult for a while. However, the lessons that I didn't realize he had taught, got me through to the person I believe would make him proud. The biggest disappointment is that I would never know him while we were both adults and he would miss out on so much more than I would in learning life lessons. I am disabled now with no real family but I still utilize what he taught me ever day.I believe that is why I am able to m and the most of my situation and still laugh and be of value to others. Mostly,Dad, I miss you, love you,and carry with me all the memories I still have of a man that taught his daughter so much in such a short time. Until what the future holds...Happy Father's Day.

  • Kathryn Deardorff Says:

    My dad was called Honest Bob by his friends because of the man he was. I have always tried to be like him. What a wonderful Dad he was! I sure do miss hime...

  • Lisa Says:

    I feel very lucky to have a close relationship with my Dad. Particularly now that I am an adult, I can really appreciate our relationship and have found myself turning to him for advice and help as I encounter more challenges and opportunities (e.g., new jobs, moves). I can also recognize all of the things that I "come by honestly" now, like singing around the house all the time and using our own words to describe things when we forget the actual ones. I would not trade those qualities for anything and I look forward to continuing to get support and love for many years to come. I am truly a lucky woman.

  • sandi Says:

    My dad is in his early 60's and works 40+ hours a week in the meat dept of a grocery chain after being laid off from the job he had been at for over 20 years. he works not just to support himself, but to help me out financially; i've not been able to find a job for the past few years and have been suffering from severe anxiety of late. i suppose that's what happens to someone whose been financially independent since the age of 15. my dad, he makes a point to take me to my bi-weekly therapy appointments for two reasons; one:he knows i'm in not in the best condition to drive and wants to give my mom a rest; also, public transport is out of the question. two: it's our bonding time, he'll let me ramble on after therapy or simply sit in the car and hold me as i cry out my frustrations. then we just drive around for a while before he brings me home. we eat, watch some tv and then he's off to work. he's made mistakes, haven't we all but when i really need him he's always there. it's taken me a long time to appreciate how lucky i am to have him as my dad.

  • Marinda B. Says:

    My dad will be 80 this fall; he is a true Renaissance person. MacGyver could take a page from him. Until he gave it up a few years ago, he was an athlete(in college, he would play tennis barefoot all day on blacktop). He taught me diving(that's still a way for me to experience perfectabilty). He also trampolined, did running and was a volleyball maniac.
    He still is a musician and intellectual, who taught me to sing(until then, I couldn't carry a tune in a laundry basket) and to play clarinet(he turned up a second one to play duets with me). He went to all my soccer games, all my band and choir concerts, critiquing the performance afterward. If it was especially good, we'd go to Stephenson's for dessert.
    He taught me that to admit that one knows nothing is the beginning of wisdom. My parents have largely been intellectual companions rather than playmates(they were in their thirties when I was born), and Dad used a whole-ball-of-wax approach, so that I quickly began to see interrelationships: philosophy, art, science, politics, psychology, geography and religion by posing 'hypothetical' questions from history or literature. I was seven; I'd never heard of _Of Mice and Men_. He would give me a little information, and ask me what I would do. He'd give me a little more, and I'd often change my mind. I soon learned to hedge my bets, and not make snap judgments. I'm Caucasian, and I was talking with a black friend about race, and I told him, "Because of what they taught me, I'd like to think I'm completely unprejudiced, but that would probably not be an accurate statement."
    My more memorable punishments were from me trying out various forms of cruelty- ignorance, intolerance, snobbery, prejudice. I passionately hate those things now.
    I grew up with a few sayings: to whom much is given, much is required; everything to the service and glory of God; and endure to the end. They taught me to love: God, people, knowledge and wisdom, music, animals, nature, and our country and our world. We took about twenty copies of the Scriptures with us on a two-week trip to central and eastern Mexico, and came back with souvenirs instead.
    We gave a couple a meal, and when we asked them, "What do you want to do?", they wanted to go home to Chicago, or someplace like that, from our place in Independence, MO. We bought them bus tickets, and saw them off, with a bit extra for food and such. My parents are pack rats; between them(Mom's an artist) they can pretty much make or scrounge anything- their house is self-built, and my mom dreads my dad coming home from an auction lol. They definitely believe in giving back, and in making a difference. Someday we will be judged by God.

  • Kathleen Says:

    There isn't enough room to say how amazing our Dad is. He started his first job at age 10, walking with his friends to a bowling alley at night to set pins. We lost our Mom 10 years ago and he has never missed visiting her grave every week since. He is a wonderful example and mentor to 5 kids and many grandkids and great grandkids.

  • Emily Says:

    My dad grew up the youngest of eight. His dad died when he was nine years old, I recently found my grandfather died a day before my dad's 10th birthday. It made a lot more sense why my dad did not like his birthday very much when we were growing up. Even though my dad essentially raised himself, growing up very, very poor, he gave me and my siblings a very comfortable life with private school, cars to drive at sixteen and a house that everyone in the neighborhood wanted to hang out at. However, we did not get to live a spoiled life. Our dad made us work hard and taught us a lot about how to take care of ourselves. You could not drive a car unless you could name all the parts of the engine and fix a flat tire. I have been a single woman owning a home and I could not have done it well without all I learned from my dad, from painting a wall well to installing a ceiling fan properly. Thanks dad!

  • Leah Anderson Says:

    My Father ken Anderson, a very kind soul. He passed on seven years ago. He was loved and is missed by many. He was the head painter for the 4J school district. He loved to carve minature wood carvings, and made toys for toys for tots at chirtsmas time . He would also carry toys in his van , and give them out to kids that did have a lot. I love you Dad! Leah.

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