Monday, June 20, 2011

My Dad

My great niece, Lauren giving my dad a card.

My dad and I (he's much happier than he looks here-lol)
I am blessed with 2 great parents.  My dad was always the ultimate provider and I tried to shadow him no matter what he was doing as I was growing.  He worked 2 jobs for a lot of years to give all of us the things he felt we needed and from that I learned the value of a good work ethic.  He didn't put up with any back talk, thank goodness, because I got to pass that along to my son.  He and I would work in his motorcycle repair shop, I would wash tools and put them away and he did the actual work.  He taught me how to ride a mini bike at the rip old age of 5 and later, I got a motor cyle and spent many happy summers terrorizing the neighborhood with a couple other kids on their motor cycles. 
We raised pigeons together for years, at one time our coop exceeded the 200 mark!!  A lot of fun time was spent at pigeon shows and swaps with my dad.  We would get up before sun up, crate the birds, load them in the truck, and off we'd go............those were great years.  
Then I discovered boys........and dad made sure I understood there wasn't going to be any shanigans tolerated with his little girl.    Once I married and moved away, both my parents have been there every single time I needed anything.  Not judging, not complaining, just THERE.  A lesson that I had to learn when my own son moved away, just be there when they need you.  
Am I lucky, do I feel blessed, do I have great parents?  yes, yes and yes.  

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  1. Great parents are a blessing! Thanks for the post, Kelly!

  2. Really nice post Kelly. Your parents did a great job!

  3. Thank you's always when we grow older that we truly appreciate what great parents we have.


He who angers you, controls you.

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Mike and I

Mike and I
Mike and I at Nick and Emily's wedding

Raised beds & chickens coops

Raised beds & chickens coops
Can't wait for this stuff to actually be food....