Thursday, June 14, 2007

Thirteen Things I Miss About My Dad

With Father's Day coming up, I can't help but have fond memories of my own father, who passed away in July 2004. (I blogged about his passing here.) I seem to miss him more instead of less as time goes by. Here are 13 of the many things I miss about my dad:

1) His dedicated and passionate love for the Lord

2) His sense of humor--including his corny-but-funny jokes

3) His love of music--something he passed down to all of his children

4) His beautiful singing voice. I can still hearing him sing his signature song, Submission:

Not what I wish to do
Nor where I wish to go
For who am I, that I should choose my way?
The Lord shall choose for me
Tis better far, I know,
So let him bid me go, or stay.

5) Hearing him play the trombone--something he continued to do until he got really sick

6) Talking with him. Long, meaty conversations, about everything from politics and current events to theology and everything in between. I miss that so much.

7) Going on walks with him. Every time I visited my folks in Texas or they came up to visit me, my dad and I would go walking together.

8) Hearing him pray. Many's the night I would hear him praying in another room as I fell asleep.

9) The way he would literally be on the edge of his seat when there was a fight scene in a movie or TV show

10) The way he would play with his grandchildren--horsing around with them when they were younger, playing Dominoes or other board games with them as they grew older

11) The funny songs he would make up on the fly--and often inserting our names into
existing songs

12) The way he would greet me when he phoned me: "Cindy? This is your daddy..."

13) The many ways he showed his love for his family

I miss you, Daddy.

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Anonymous said...

A very sweet tribute, Cindy.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the corny but cute: to this day I can hear him saying the rhyme, "Si, Si, Senor, your britches are tore, you better go back and get some more." I was pretty young and quite impressed with his humor.

seethroughfaith said...

Was she a Swedish speaking Finn or a Swede living in Finland - there's a HUGE difference!

Cindy Swanson said...

(Speaking of my husband's grandmother, who was born in Finland)--Good question, Lorna. I'll have to ask my husband's dad.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Very sweet tribute, Cindy. Those of us who have elderly fathers still with us know that we will understand your sentiments better soon ... and yet we need to treasure every moment with them and celebrate them now. I always feel a little self-conscious at Mothers' and Fathers' Day because I'm aware they are bittersweet or painful days for many whose parents are no longer with us. And yet, (and just because we've heard this a million times doesn't make it less true) those parents of faith in Christ are definitely in a much better place. Sorry to ramble; I'm emotional.

Barbara said...

Cindy, I didn't do a TT this past week, so I missed your entry until today. Great tribute to your father. I also lost my father in July, but it was in 1991. And, you are right; you seem to miss them more as the years go by. My Mother is still living at 90! We are blessed for that.

Cindy Swanson said...

Thanks so much, Linda and Barbara! Linda, Father's Day can be emotional for me as I miss my dad, but I do try to focus on my husband on that day. He's a terrific dad to our three children, and I just focus on honoring him.

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