Sunday, 19 December 2010

The Boy in the Red Velvet Suit

Remember last year......the little boy in the red velvet suit......well this year he's EIGHTY.
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He's a man that's been through lots of experiences in his life, from being (very briefly) evacuated during the 2nd World War, my Nana couldn't bear to leave him and his sister, so she brought them straight back home!! To doing his National Service and then settling down in civilian life in an office job.
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He met and married my Mum in the late fifties and has looked after her and his family ever since.
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We presented him (and my Mum) with a great big learning curve when we came to the farm but he just got stuck in. From helping to fill polytunnels, to being chased by giant pigs....he's coped with it all.
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At every family 'do' and every restaurant we go to, ours is the noisiest table, full of laughter and happiness, that is why it's so sad I can't be there today to help him celebrate this special day. We are completely snowed in and the roads between here and my Dad are impassable. But the link we share as father and daughter is never impassable, is never ending and can never be broken.
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Since the days he came to meet me from brownies and we walked home chatting away, the day he taught me to ride my first two wheeler bike...I pedalled and pedalled and he said "don't worry I won't let you go".......and then suddenly I looked round and he had let go, way back down the street, a Dad sure in the knowledge that he had instilled in me enough confidence to carry on, on my own down the street on my bike, and then years later off on my own in the big wide world. ~
Everyone deserves a special Dad, and I have mine. I am secure in the person I am because of the way my parents raised me. They are always telling me how proud they are of me, and of the woman I have become. I wouldn't be that woman without them and their love.
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I love you Dad, have a wonderful birthday.
Sue xx

9 comments:

  1. what a super tribute to your dad

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  2. how very lucky you are Sue, and how very proud your lovely parents must be of you.
    Keep on pedalling!
    xx

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  3. Good Morning early Bird.
    Thank you for the lovely tribute to your Dad. Do not forget it is is your cheery nature that keeps us going [ever since your first smile.]
    Good luck with moving the pregnant piggies today.
    With all our love Mum and Dad. XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  4. Che meraviglia questa fotografia, così antica!
    Io amo queste foto!
    Un caro saluto, *Maristella*.

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  5. How wonderful Sue , yes you and your dad have a very special link .. so I am positive that your dad understands about not being with him. I am sure he would rather have you safe at home, instead of risking going to celebrate .

    I have not had a dad since I was 10 years old, so missed out on the special link .. he is always in my thoughts though.

    Your dad will love this post :-)

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  6. What a very lovely tribute to your dad Sue. It brought tears to my eyes. My dad never reached 80 so there was a bit of 'if only' there. You are a very lucky lady to have such great parents and I am sad for you that you cannot be there at this special time. Warm hugs to you and your Dad. Ann x

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  7. Oh what a moving tribute, made me choke up.

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  8. a very lovely post about soemone who is clearly lovely too! Helen, Darcy and Bingley xx

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  9. What a lovely tribute to your darling Daddy. So sorry you were unable to see him today. Sue x

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