Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today would have been my Dad's 96th birthday.

This is his family picture taken about 1918. My Dad is the little boy on his father's lap. The last member of the family, sister Faye wasn't born yet.

Dad was a hard worker. Most of the time he worked two jobs. It could have been tending bar, Tweedie's shoe factory, his brother's IGA grocery store, Missouri Highway Department, painting for Major Brother's construction company, or repairing bicycles in the basement.

I always hung around with Dad. That is until one day, while cleaning his paint brushes he painted my thumb with paint thinner. (Isn't that child abuse?) He was trying to get me to stop sucking my thumb. That might have been the year he built me a china cabinet for Christmas, of which I still have. My grand kids have tea parties with it now.

Dad is on the left in this picture. It was holiday time at Grandma's house. Always a house full in such a small space.

Here I am enjoying a dip in Busch's Lake, taken in 1953. Would you believe this lake is now where I live. Back in the 50's it was a resort. Mom gave me this picture and more after we bought the land in 1992.

Here is where I say Dad looked like "string bean". Did you watch Hee Haw? If so you know what I am talking about. This was my wedding day, 39 years ago.

Dad died 9 years ago. Just 2 days after his 87th birthday. Alzheimer's it's a terrible disease. I pray they find a cure for it in my life time.

Miss you Dad, and Happy birthday!



Anonymous said...

I think tonight I'll have a cold beer with a little salt on top for Grandpa.


Jackie said...

This is a great post. I really enjoyed getting to know a little about your Dad.


Brandi said...

That was really sweet. I ♥ old pictures.

I pray right along with you on that one. My great aunt has it. She's 98 and in an assisted living nursing home. My poor grandmother has such a hard time dealing with it.

Flat Creek Farm said...

What a sweet tribute to your Daddy. Love the pictures, and the memories that you shared. I certainly remember Stringbean. My Grandpa Winfree was a Stringbean too, even the same glasses! -Tammy

tipper said...

Such a sweet tribute to your Dad-I can't imagine how you must miss him.

Sara said...

Great post :) And so neat that you have that photo (all those photos) of you and your Dad at what is now your place.

My grandfather-in-law has many turpentine-as-cure-all stories. ;)