Have You Thought About Father's Day?

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Father's Day is on June 18, 2023. The month of June has a plethora of memories. Personally, I have been thinking of my dad (RIP) a lot these days. Since this past April, I have been seeing a lot of fathers interacting with their children outdoors and it puts a smile on my face.

Sweet Memories

I took this photo of a father and his child in Swizerland 

The local Baseball field in Flower Mound started weekly baseball games for fathers and little kids. Whenever I come to the stop sign, I can't help but notice. kids running around and fathers coaching their small children. Nostalgia warms my cheeks with smiles in memory of the summers of long ago when my father drove my siblings and me to the forest preserve's to their many open fields to play baseball. Our meals were picnic style and the ice chest always filled with ice. My mother packed empty cups for us to fill them up with cold well water at the park.  

I have seen fathers raise their little ones high up in the air and heard them giggle. A father's trust begins when a child can always reach out to their dad. I guess I never realized how lucky I was to have a father practice baseball with me, teach me how to ride my bicycle, go boating, and fish. 

My dad never cooked a meal at home but always grilled outdoors during our summer picnics. For some reason, meals always tasted better when he made dinner. My memories include his hobbies, like collecting pennies and playing his guitar, accordian, or harmonica. 

This is not my father's guitar, but I thought about him
on the day I saw this guitar covered with pennies in an antique store. I 
 thought fondly of him while searching through old family photos
and other photos I took locally just for fun.

Last night I watched the old "Father of the Bride," movie with Spencer Tracy and a very young Liz Taylor. My thoughts floated to my own wedding and how important it was for me to lean on him while I walked down the aisle to get married on 6/26/71. I watched this movie I have seen many, many times before through my older eyes and forgot about how important my father was when I was growing up. 

A few days ago, I passed a neighbor washing his truck outdoors with the garden hose. It reminded me of how my dad made a ritual of washing and waxing his car on a Saturday afternoon. This is what he enjoyed and how he got his weekly workout. I was always fascinated by his muscles when he waxed and thought his were bigger than Popeye the Sailor Man from cartoons. It's funny now that I think about it, I believed washing his car and taking my family for a drive in his sparkling clean car is what he was most proud of. Now, I am having second thoughts, perhaps, he was really proud of his family.

If you are fortunate enough to have a father, I hope you are making plans to do something special with your dad on Father's Day. And be sure to say thank you. 

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Comments (23)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful tribute to your dad. I miss mine as well!

Jun 06, 2023 04:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Such a sweet post, Patricia, and lovely tribute to your father. To be honest, I never give Father's Day much thought... did not grow up with a father in my home and as an adult ultimately had no relationship with my father. 

Jun 06, 2023 04:59 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - thank you for the compliment.

I do remember a post you wrote previously about your dad. A father's love is irreplaceable. 

Jun 06, 2023 05:00 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - I appreciate the compliment. 

As I mentioned many times before, my spouse never had or even knew he had a father. I always knew deep inside, something was missing, even if he never talked about it. After he died, I tried to play the role of mother/father. To be honest, I learned trying to force that role upon myself, did not fool my kids. 

Although I only know you through AR, I have read your posts over many years and never once thought you were missing something in life. We spoke a few times by phone and I noticed you speak confidentally,  kindly, and with intelligence. Your blog posts have stated you have lived in many parts of the world, climbed the Corporate Ladder, and you are a very successful Broker. I admire and respect you. 

Jun 06, 2023 05:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you so much, Patricia, for that beautiful comment. At the end of day, deep down I know I'm missing "something" because I really had no early relationship with a father figure. Defining that element of what's missing is almost impossible, however.

Jun 06, 2023 05:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - Who knew that missing something could be felt so deeply. I guess that feeling of absence manifests in many different ways. 

You are highly respected and I will always admire you. 

Jun 06, 2023 05:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - the calendar is often a collection of memories and experiences.   

Jun 06, 2023 05:14 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Patricia,

I love the tribute for your dad! You had wonderful memories. I remember my dad well and was so sad to see him pass when he was only 61. He was a great dad and I miss him today, his smile, the hats and topcoats he wore, him drinking his coffee with cream and sugar, taking me golfing with his golfing buddies and teaching me, fishing early morning at the lake. 

Jun 06, 2023 05:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - It's funny how I no longer hang calendars on my walls or need reminders for holidays. I don't even own a watch. However, I am aware of what's coming up. Perhaps advertising plays a big role in keeping people reminded. Yet I find many ads annoying, such as Memorial Day sales.

It seems to me that year-after-year I get too much junk mail and emails about dates on the calendar. All seem to advertising specials and sales unrelated to their true meanings for why we celebrate.  

Jun 06, 2023 05:33 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Patricia, Not a day passes without thoughts of my Dad crossing my mind, even though he left us too many years ago!

Jun 06, 2023 06:48 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love this sweet post. I never knew my Biological father but have had many father-figures in my life who filled the void.

Jun 06, 2023 07:21 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I share the same cooking abilities as your father.  I never cook at home, but if it involves cooking on the grill outside that is my job.  😎

Jun 06, 2023 07:57 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I think of my Dad often Patricia and have lots of good memories along the way.  He passed over back in 2008 after many long years dealing with Alzheimer's.  And on a kind of funny note all of us kids smiled and said he "leaped' into his next life as he died on Feb 29th! I had to laugh about him cooking  thou.....his idea of cooking was making reservations!!

Jun 06, 2023 10:03 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Patricia,
I'm happy you have such fond memories of your Dad. The bond between Fathers and their children is so special!  Father's Day wasn't a thing when my Dad was alive, but I do have many fond memories of him during his short life.

Jun 06, 2023 10:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - thoughts of our father are never out of reach. We can connect through our mind, heart, and soul. Think! And he's already there.

Jun 06, 2023 10:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dr. Paula McDonald - I hope those that filled your void were good to you and treated you with respect and kindness. 

Memories don't really leave us, unless it has something to do with trivial things, like where are my keys?

Jun 06, 2023 10:14 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carol Williams - As a family that raised me, we were tightly bound. It wasn't until my siblings and I got married that took us in many different directions. 

I hope what memories you have are good ones.

Jun 06, 2023 10:16 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - Reservations! 🤣Now I know where you get your sense of humor. Losing a parent is tough enough but to lose them to Alzheimer's was challenging and hard. I experienced it once with my aunt. When the mind takes detours the road is long and scary. 

I'm glad you had your siblings at that time in his life. I am also glad you had each other. That is a good analogy, "he leaped into his next life."

I was very young when my father's mother who lived in the house I grew up passed away on 2/29. I couldn't make sense out of that extra day that only came every four years. 

It has to be extremely hard if there is only one child who as an adult has to go throught it all alone. 

It is good to know your parents left you a legacy of good memories mixed in with laughter. 


Jun 06, 2023 10:25 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I do think that’s the best way to go about doing all this and getting to know family and best friends.

Jun 06, 2023 10:42 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

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Jun 06, 2023 10:48 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank, Patricia, for sharing some of your fond memories.

My father was also a very special person and I wish I had done more for him. 

Jun 09, 2023 05:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Remember him fondly. At his time in history, things were very different and I'm sure he did the best he could do. You can still do a lot by remembering and still keeping him in your memory with gratitude. You're a different person now too.

Jun 09, 2023 05:34 AM