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This one's for you, Dad 
Jun. 14, 2010 1:18 pm 
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010 8:55 am
So next Sunday is Father's Day.  I've been a Daddy's girl since, well..... since forever!  I'm the second of four kids, 3 girls and a boy.  I know my parents love all of us - equally.  But, it's always been said by my siblings and myself - Daddy loves me best.  That's not really true, I think he just has that ability to make each and everyone of his kids and grandkids feel special and No. 1 to him. 

My dad has always been there for me - always.  We both worked for the same school system so I saw him every day until he retired.  When my husband and mine's first dog, a beautiful golden retriever named Goldie, died at the age of 13-1/2 I wasn't sure I could go to work I was so distraught.  I'm the one who found her dead in the morning as I was leaving for work.  I drove to work but then headed straight to my Dad's building.  As soon as I walked in he knew something was wrong and made the call to let my boss know I'd be a little late.  He comforted me and sent me on my way.  I could write for hours of everything he's ever done for me.

When I was graduating from business college my dad was in the hospital recovering from back surgery.  He called the place graduation was being held and had them call me to the phone so he could congratulate me on that very special day.  That was the first time my dad was ever even sick in my life, so it was a big thing that he wasn't there.

In fact, other than that time, there have only been two other times my dad was down.  About 12 years ago he had a heart attack and was life flighted.  He survived that and was back in good health quite quickly.  Then, in 2005 he had another heart attack.  This time he was in the hospital having an angioplasty done when he went in to full cardiac arrest and his heart stopped.  They went immediately into surgery and he had a double bypass.  That was the worst night of my life!  I cried the entire night - so sure my phone was going to ring and they were going to say he did not make it.   Thankfully, the next morning when we walked into his room - there he was sitting up trying to eat breakfast!  I "moved back home" for a week to help my parents when he was released from the hospital.  My mother had just had a surgery and needed help as well. 

When I was a kid I never went in to the kitchen  to cook - only eat.  It was a standing joke that when I got married my poor husband and children would be eating McDonald's every night.  I agreed, what fun was cooking??   Well - something changed about 2 years after we were married.  I decided I wanted to cook, it was fun.  The first year I invited everyone to my house for Christmas dinner they all laughed and asked if Domino's was open on Christmas Day.  I prepared a huge meal and even made my dinner rolls from scratch.  Unbelievably - everything was perfect.  Beginner's luck that was!  After the meal my dad said he was quite pleased - his daughter had learned to cook - something he never suspected would happen. 

My husband and I won't be around for Father's Day this year.  We are heading to Chincoteague Island, Virginia on Saturday.  When we get back I will have my Dad over for a nice dinner and something very rich and chocolatey for dessert.  I never have to wonder where I got my sweet tooth! 

I may be 48 years old - but my Dad is still Daddy to me and always will be.  Daddy, I love you!
Jun. 14, 2010 1:43 pm
touching. you brought a tear to my eye. thats not easily done or admitted to from me LOL. have a safe trip and hope dad likes his rich dessert
Jun. 14, 2010 2:00 pm
Something special about a girl and her dad, even if you have to share him! Beautiful tribute :)
Jun. 14, 2010 3:35 pm
Yay for Dads! I love both my parents to bits, but I'm the only girl in my family of four siblings and I've *always* been a Daddy's girl. He was the only sibling in his family to graduate from college, so am I. I also followed in his footsteps, he was a school teacher and after getting started on a family, I decided to become one too. We never had the pleasure of teaching in the same school or even the same district, but we "talk shop" a lot, even though he's been retired for five years. Thanks for sharing your love for your dad with us, Mother Ann!
Jun. 14, 2010 3:45 pm
That's funny. My dad and I also work together for a school in Ohio. He's retiring next year. I have been lucky enough to carpool with my dad to work for the past few years. I am definitely a daddy's girl too!
Jun. 14, 2010 3:45 pm
Being a Daddy's girl, I knew when my daughter was born I'd probably be "second fiddle" to her. I love my mother to bits, as well, but Daddy does have that special place in my heart and the same goes with my daughter and her daddy. My children both seem to save a special place for that Grandpa in their hearts, as well and for that I am so glad -he has much to share with each of them. Thanks for the kind comments all!
Jun. 14, 2010 4:24 pm
I'm a daddy's girl, too. Treasure all those memories. Seems the older we get, the sweeter the memories become.
Jun. 14, 2010 5:04 pm
I guess you could say I was Daddy's girl before the age of 12...after that we drifted apart when I really started getting seriously into music! Chincoteague Island is someplace I've always wanted to visit...make ya a deal: you send me a post card from there and I'll send you one from here (Mt. St. Helens)...let me know!
Jun. 14, 2010 5:07 pm
Hey Laurrie! That's a fabulous idea and I'll send ya one. E-mail me your address. My e-mail is We have been to Chincoteague almost every year since our honeymoon in 1981. We love, love, love it there! If you ever get the chance to go, go.
Jun. 14, 2010 5:13 pm
That's so sweet Mother Ann, I am now and have always been daddy's little girl! He wanted a granddaughter, but all my brother and I gave him were grandsons, LOL! Boys run in the family.
Jun. 14, 2010 5:18 pm
My dad has 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons - guess girls run in our family!
Jun. 14, 2010 7:39 pm
Very sweet.
Jun. 14, 2010 8:57 pm
nice blog-learning to cook comes with patience and persistence
Jun. 15, 2010 12:01 am
Lovely tribute!
Jun. 15, 2010 8:43 am
Mother Ann, great dedication to Dad! Unfortunately Me and the crew won't be able to be with my dad on Father's Day but on Monday I'm making him his all favorite meal, his Dad's red gravy and homemade gnocchi! It takes all day to make it because it was his Sunday dinner growing up!! My dad says I'm the only one who can make gravy like his dad and to me thats the ultimate compliment! Happy Father's to all the Dad's out there!! When you're in Chincoteague don't forget to go horseback riding at sunset !! It's truly awesome! Have fun!
Jun. 15, 2010 7:45 pm
This is a very nice blog. I was my dad's favorite, too. :) Cherish every minute you get with him, Mother Ann.
Jun. 17, 2010 4:43 pm
Well done, Mother Ann!
Jun. 29, 2010 8:55 am
Love Assateague & Chincoteague. Hope to go there this summer. It's been five years. Love the Gulf Coast, too. Seafood sounds great right now. Love Crab Cakes ! April
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About Me
I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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