My Dad

He still loved me – even when I borrowed his clothes

He still loved me – even when I threw tantrums

He still loved me – even when I couldn’t understand why his illness was affecting my childhood

He still loved me – when I acted like a typical teenager and didn’t want to be seen with my parents

He still loved me – when I found his last days too difficult to bear and had to say my good-byes

But I think he loved me most the day his soul-mate presented me to him for the first time, for he had waited a very long time to be a father.

It’s been ten years now, and I still love him and miss him as much as ever, but I know he’s looking down at me and looking after me.

RIP Dad.



20 Comments on “My Dad”

  1. nelly says:

    Beautiful post Elly. That photograph says it all.

  2. Grannymar says:

    As I said on your wedding day –

    “Jack would have been delighted with all the things you have tried, and in all that you have achieved over the years.”

    He will whistling away tonight surrounded by ‘Girl Toys’ as we all raise a glass to his memory!

  3. Darren says:

    A lovely post Elly. He sounds like he was a great man.

  4. Darragh says:

    I’d give you a great big hug if I could.

    That was beautiful.

  5. steph says:

    Elly – you’ve just reduced me to tears for the second time today. Grannymar had me in floods after breakfast but you know, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

    I’m grateful to you both for reminding me of how precious life is!

    Here’s to your lovely Dad, Elly!

  6. Aisling says:

    Well said Elly. I think we sometimes don’t realise what we have till it’s gone. And though the pain gets easier you can never forget that person, they are around looking after you. Good Luck for your future life …. your dad will be looking down on you all the way.xx

  7. Maryrose Lyons says:

    Lovely post Elly. I’m sure he’s smiling from wherever he’s at now. Smiling and proud.

  8. Hails says:

    This is beautiful, Elly. Big hug from me today. x

  9. Maz says:

    Thanks for writing this post Elly. It has reinvigorated my appreciation for a lot of things, not least my Dad. You’re Dad sounds like a lovely Man, and I bet he’s so proud of you and Grannymar.

  10. wisewebwoman says:

    Was just over at Mum’s blog, and now I am in tears twice.
    How beautifully you have written of your dad and I just love the photo.
    My mother died young too and I miss her every single day….
    How sweet life is!

  11. Annie says:

    Both you and your wonderful mother have moved me to tears with your beautiful posts. What a lovely family

  12. Paddy Bloggit says:

    The greatest thing we can do for someone we love who has died is remember them.

    Both you and your mother have shown tremendous love in your posts about a dad and a husband.

    He is indeed a man blessed.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

  13. CyberScribe says:

    My thoughts, as with many other bloggers, are with you and your Mum today.

  14. ellybabes says:

    Thanks everyone, for the very kind words. I wasn’t really in the frame of mind to reply yesterday, but please know that your thoughtful comments made the day a lot easier.

  15. laura says:

    I know I am late in but lovely post and I know he is watching over you and Grannymar always.

  16. Xbox4NappyRash says:

    Sometimes you just wander or stumble onto a blog and something catches your eye.

    “But I think he loved me most the day his soul-mate presented me to him for the first time, for he had waited a very long time to be a father”

    That line has done it for me.

    It obviously is a difficult time for you, but your words make ME feel a lot better today.

  17. Biano says:

    Hi Elly, nice tribute. I lost my dad 5 years ago and miss him much but I really came over to wish you a happy birthday!

  18. K8 says:

    Wow, Elly. Way to keep a wonderful man’s memory alive. :)

  19. Lottie says:

    Elly – Surprize!! I found my way to here – You’re words are beautiful – Sad that I did not know him – Will be in touch xxx the “old” sister-in-law

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