Our Dad WAS Superman!

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Real Estate Agent with Dockside Realty VA 0225142975

Superman

That is what my sisters and I always believed and still do.

My mom and dad grew up during the depression.  They were high school sweethearts and married shortly after my mother graduated.  This was just two years after my father's graduation.

Before many years had passed they had three little girls.  Life was beginning to be a little easier for them financially but there was a war going on, World War II.

It was during this time that my dad thought about all the young men that were fighting to keep his family safe.  My father enlisted.

Through the years, I have often thought of this when I heard younger people talk about supporting a war or conflict from the safety of their home.

My dad was not going to be drafted.  He was a husband and a father of three.  It was his commitment to his family.

My dad had the good fortune, or misfortune as some thought, to have four daughters.  We felt as though my dad could do anything.  We knew he was Superman.

These are just a few of the things that my dad did.  He could:

  1. Change a car's transmission
  2. Chage a grandchild's messy diaper
  3. Knit mittens for his children
  4. Repair a neighbor's furnace
  5. Teach his daughters to drive
  6. Develop photographs that he took of us when we were little girls
  7. Take wonderful care of his mother-in-law as she was dying from cancer.
  8. Remodel our home even moving two staircases and he turned an unfinished attic into two bedrooms doing everything himself except for just a wee bit of help from his two older girls
  9. Made navy blue suits and rosy pink "toppers" for three of us when we were young so we would have new  Easter outfits to wear to church
  10. Spent years working two jobs so my mom could be at home with us
  11. Try to teach us that math was fun.  It was to him and I am so happy his "math" gene is present in my three children
  12. Read directions and understand them...an ability we do not all share (here I am referring especially to my mom...that explains why my dad did the knitting and made some of our clothes)
  13. Grow delicious vegetables

He did all of these things and much, much more.  He did them quietly, without any fanfare.  There were never any photos of him in the newspaper nor any long articles telling the world how much he did for his family.  He did not need that.  He had my mom and his girls and his world was complete.

Whenever I see any of my children exhibit a trait of my dad's, I am thrilled.  I often think that if he could see what wonderful marriages my children have and the type of parents they have become I know how happy he would be for them.  These gifts they also learned from him.

Whenever I see the similarities in my husband to my father, I realize how right he is for me, that he is the one for me.  My dad taught me to appreciate a good man. 

I only hope that others have their own Superman.  My sisters and I had ours.

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Kathleen, nice ThemThem to the Superman in your life, Dad!

June 15, 2008 12:15 AM
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Kate Elim
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Hi Duane...Thank you.  He really was.  We were so lucky.

Kathleen

June 15, 2008 12:37 AM
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Kathleen

Great piece.   I really love to hear the admiration you have for your father.  I am going to be a father for the first time in the early part of July.  I hope I can emmulate what he did for you and your sisters.  Any advice?

by the way, Do you have an outside blog that I can add to my Blogroll ?

Thanks and look forward to reading your thoughts on the world of real estate.

June 15, 2008 12:48 AM
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Missy Caulk
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Kathleen, great tribute to you dad and your husband and kids. Let's see what is the common denominator? You !

Seriously, this was great to know more about your dad and all he imparted to you and your sisters.

June 15, 2008 06:52 AM
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Steve Homer
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A wish for a Happy Father's Day for all the dads on AR!  CLICK HERE to read my post on the origins of Father's Day!  Interesting reading!

June 15, 2008 07:48 AM
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Kathleen, What a beautiful post and one amazing father as a role model.  This was a lovely tribute to your very special superman!

June 15, 2008 08:59 AM
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Hi Duane...Thank you.  He meant so much to us.  Even after 20 years we miss him greatly.

Kathleen

June 15, 2008 12:19 PM
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Hi Missy...Thank you for the kinds words. 

When you have a great dad you just wish that for everyone.

Kathleen

June 15, 2008 03:51 PM
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Kathleen...What a wonderful tribute.  I have read several today, but as I read yours I found tears filling my eyes.  My father died in 2001, 5 weeks after my little boy was born.  Still today, I cant write about it.  Thanks for bringing back some of my fondest memories tonight.

June 15, 2008 09:44 PM
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Kate Elim
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Brande...I am so happy for you that your dad was able to share your joy at the birth of your son.  Although your son will never know him like you did, he will learn much about him when you share your memories of life with Dad.  That is what we are left with, memories and wonderful feelings of love.

Thank you for your kind words.

Kathleen

June 16, 2008 01:29 PM
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I really am in awe of your father's accomplishments, Kathleen.  He managed to achieve all of the TRULY important things in his life.  I will applaud that over any flashy newspaper story media "hero" any day.

June 16, 2008 06:01 PM
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Hi Elaine...Thank you for recognizing that about our dad.  I am so happy that we valued him while he was with us.

Kathleen

June 16, 2008 06:48 PM
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Kate - Your dad sounds like a pretty terrific guy.  Thanks so much for sharing this post about him.  I am going to include it in tonight's Family Ties recap.

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What a great tribute to your dad, and how wonderful that feel so proud of him.  Great story.  Thanks for sharing it.

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