Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my dad's birthday. We miss him, but we have some wonderful reminders of the talented and fun man he was.
Here is a picture of him with my mom. His Teddy bear is beside his clock, which was a wedding gift to his grandmother.

Here is his monkey, Jocko, alongside a history of the clock, which he wrote in 2001. Do you see him at age three standing beside his Teddy bear, who is riding his tricycle?

Dad was a splendid artist. He was always drawing something, even up to a few months before he died. I wish I had more samples here to show you. Mom has the Amish auction picture he painted hanging in her living room. Her diminished vision makes it hard for her to see, but she says when she looks at it she remembers what is there. I'll try to remember to get a photo of it to share.

Dad made these vehicles out of wood for David several years ago, shortly after all of us chipped in and gave him a drill press for a present. He made the tires using the drill press.

Happy Birthday, Dad! I think of you often, but especially on Sundays when I wind your clock.


Tine said...

Congratulations on your Dad's birthday! He sounds like a truly special person. The painting is beautiful!
And although it is never as good as having your loved ones close, it sounds like he gave you some wonderful memories :-)

Daisy said...

What a wonderful tribute, Diana. I love your Father's artwork too. Looks like he had a great deal of talent.

My Dad passed away a couple years ago and I do miss him a great deal, but I also have wonderful memories of him that I hold dear.

Suzanne said...

What a talented dad you had and very special. I am glad you have some memories of him.
All the best to you today.