Sunday, March 11, 2012

You Say It's Your BIRTHDAY?!

It's somebody's birthday today!




ONLY A DAD
 
Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame
To show how well he has played the game;
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.





Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.




That's me, Dad (holding Jacques), Tony, Mike, Chris and Cleo on Easter Sunday 1973ish

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd,
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.

 
Me and my Dad- whom I called 'Honey' at that time.

Only a dad but he gives his all,
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen:
Only a dad, but the best of men. Edgar A. Guest (1916)



Happy birthday DAD may you always be young at heart! Have a great one!

17 comments:

Lucy said...

What a lovely post and loved the pictures from your childhood. I hope your father had a wonderful birthday :)

Stormy@Big Butt Theory said...

What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Desiree said...

What a marvellous poem penned by Edgar Guest. And, how very true of Dads everywhere, those who are the best of men. Here's hoping your "honey" has a great day. We all know you adore your Dad and in his eyes will always be that sweet little girl sharing her treat. A lovely post, Pam!

Eva Ason said...

What a lovely post for your Dad :)
I enjoyed reading the poem.
Hope your Dad had a fantastic day!

Big hugs

Eva

Gail said...

Wonderful tribute.

Maren said...

Such a heartwarming post! I absolutely loved it. :)

Stephanie V said...

One of your best posts, Pam!

Thisisme. said...

Hi Pam. I really enjoyed this post. Beautiful poem and happy birthday to your dad. Really enjoyed seeing the old vintage photographs! Your dad was certainly a very handsome chap!

Recovering Church Lady said...

Wonderful tribute.

Betty WSch. said...

Happy Birthday to you dad!

Great tribute you made for him.

A Quiet Corner said...

Delores, you are a dear daughter writing that wonderful poem!!!...:)JP

Bouncin Barb said...

That is so beautiful! Happy Birthday to your Dad. He has to be awesome. You are his daughter! Hugs.

Julie said...

Oh Pam, I love this. Happy birthday to your daddy. He has the most awesome daughter!!
Take care and have a blessed evening!!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a great tribute to your dad! I enjoyed the poem AND those great photos. So cute that you called him 'Honey.' After all, I'm sure he called you 'Honey' too, so it made perfect sense. So sweet!!♥

EmptyNester said...

Lucy- Thank you! He said he had a great day. They will be down here this weekend to celebrate!

Stormy- Thanks!

Desiree- I like it too! He did have a great day but we’ll all celebrate together this weekend! He’s so excited about seeing all the lovelies! Thanks!

Eva- Thanks! He did and we’ll all celebrate together this weekend!

Gail- thanks!

Maren- Thanks so much!

Stephanie- Thanks!

Diane- Thank you! I think he was handsome too! And he could cut quite a rug as well—still can!

RCL- Thank you!

Betty- Thanks! He had a great day and will be down here this weekend for more celebrating!

AQC- Thanks!

Barb- You are too sweet! Thank you!

Julie- Thanks! He had a great day and you are too kind!

Judy- Thanks! I called him ‘Honey’ because that’s what my mom called him in those early years! Not sure what she was calling him right before the divorce. LOL

Joyce said...

Sweet sweet post!

Robin said...

This was wonderful. Make sure you do this EVERY year. No one can be told too often how much they are loved!!!