Thursday, November 13, 2008

13 Things I Miss About My Dad

Today is my dad's birthday. He passed away in 2004(I blogged about his passing here.) I seem to miss him more instead of less as time goes by. This is a repeat of a Thursday Thirteen I did earlier, but I wanted to re-run it in honor of my dad's birthday.

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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Randy Spradlin said...


I know this must be a day of mixed feelings. Gladness and sadness. I feel for you. I lost Mom a few years back and it still hurts.

Just yesterday I was visiting my Dad and as I was leaving heading for the car, he grabbed me, embraced me and hugged me and said, "I love you son." That just melted me. Dad and I have always loved one another but never quite saw things the same. Now, maybe age has mellowed both of us. Him hugging me the way he did just made my day.

Cindy, you have your memories of your father. And someday, you'll see him again. That's a hope worth hanging on to.


Ann-Marie said...

Well, now that made me cry. I will be thinking and praying for you, Cindy.

One of the best things I heard after my dad died was: "The better the relationship, the longer you grieve." It gives me comfort even now when I still miss him and think, "Wow, we must have had one of the greatest relationships of all time for me to still miss him this much!" Same for you, it sounds.

Your dad sounds like a wonderful man of God and no doubt heard, "Well done, good and fauthful servant." Hugs!

Nadine said...

What a great tribute to your dad. I miss mine still and it's almost 20 years since he's gone.

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