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Happy Father Day!

Seems like I just celebrated Mother's day just a few short weeks ago and now here comes Father's Day. Today is a bittersweet day for mommy. She lost her dad that she was very close to just a few short months ago. The picture below is a picture of the last time we both saw him alive. He died of that dreaded disease that we all love to hate called cancer. Mommy very rarely posts pictures of herself so this is a treat for me.

Picture of me, mommy and grand-dad

Mommy talks about all the fun times she had with her father growing up. Granddad and Grandma had been together for more than 50 years before he passed away. He was the first person to teach her how to drive a manual transmission vehicle. He was the first to teach her how to swim although she still never learned and he was always there with an ever ready ear to listen and support her. When mommy decided to join the US Army, granddad was her rock of support. She was daddy's little girl.

Thank you to all the fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and even the moms taking the role of father in their child's life today.

My own dad is very special to me. He's always there for me as well (especially when I get into trouble) and I know that he'll always be there for me no matter what. That's what being a real father is.

Mommy recently said a quote that I love. "Anyone can be a father but it takes a real man to be a dad."

Today I salute all the "dads" of the world!

Annmarie John
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  1. What a treat that smile is, indeed! Lovely family photograph.
    I understand your mommy today, been there. {big hug}

    1. Thank you Paula. It is tough losing a parent. Hope you're having a great weekend. ♥ Madison

  2. Great photo! I lost my mother so I understand about losing a parent. I hope you had a great father's day!

    1. Hi Ann, we did and I didn't get into any trouble for the entire day. I think I'm getting better at this. :) ♥ Madison

  3. Hello popping by from your new UK friend :)

    I know how you feel when losing someone so close to yourself from Cancer. I hate talking about the C word but I will say one thing, remember all the good old times with your dad and every father's day you could always light a candle for him :)


    1. Hi Nikki, so nice of you to stop by. That's a splendid idea about lighting a candle for him. We never thought about doing that. He'll definitely have a candle lit in remembrance of him next Fathers Day. ♥ Madison

  4. Hi Madison please tell mom I love her very much an love uncle Rudy too that's what we called your grandad growing up.. he was a great man indeed and very funny an loving too ; ) we thank God for our time with him now God has a good man by his side to look down on us xoxo

    1. Thank you Shanelle. Mommy thinks the world of you and loves you too. She said granddad was indeed funny and loving which makes it even harder to deal with his loss. God has a truly good man with him right now. Thank you for visiting Nellie. ♥Madison


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