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BS: Happy Father's Day!

bbc 17 Jun 07 - 06:51 AM
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bbc 17 Jun 07 - 08:11 AM
JennyO 17 Jun 07 - 08:25 AM
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Deckman 17 Jun 07 - 08:38 AM
skipy 17 Jun 07 - 08:41 AM
JennyO 17 Jun 07 - 08:47 AM
bbc 17 Jun 07 - 09:27 AM
Alice 17 Jun 07 - 09:34 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 17 Jun 07 - 10:29 AM
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bbc 17 Jun 07 - 12:47 PM
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Dan Schatz 17 Jun 07 - 08:02 PM
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Subject: BS: Happy Father's Day from bbc!
From: bbc
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 06:51 AM

Wishing a Happy Father's Day to all of you dads & reminding everyone to give your dad a hug or a call, if you can. Today would have been my dad's 86th birthday & is also my first Father's Day without him; he died 2 months ago. I am now among those of you who remember our dads, but can't tell them so. My dad was a good man & a good father. He passed on good solid values to me, which I have, in turn, tried to pass on to my kids. This afternoon, after church, I'll be with my two sons, hug them, & remind them where we come from. I love you, Dad.

best to all,

bbc


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: skarpi
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 07:19 AM

Well bbc , you said everything I would like to say , my dad is
gone too but in my memory i´ll have him with me .

Happy fathers day all

All the best Skarpi Iceland


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 07:21 AM

We've got all three of Kendall's daughters coming for lunch - that is likely to be a riot. They're all like their father - EVIL!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 07:34 AM

Happy Father's Day. As a single Mom I am entitled to celebrate.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:11 AM

Yes, Mary, I know that part, too. I have been a single mom since the boys were 2 & 5. Thanks, skarpi; always good to hear from you. Jacqui, I want a report on that luncheon--this weekend at Old Songs!

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:25 AM

We celebrate Fathers Day in September here in Oz, but bbc's post reminds me that today, the 17th of June, would have been MY dad's birthday too. He was middle aged when I was born (it was his second marriage) and he died 25 years ago at the ripe old age of 87. If he was alive today, he would be 113. He had a wicked sense of humour - I think I inherited my sense of humour from him, and hopefully also his longevity.

So Happy Birthday dad - thinking of you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:33 AM

Hi, Jenny. Nice that our dads shared their birthday. Maybe we can call it "Memory day" now. There are many (good) traits of mine that I trace back to my dad. My favorite, though, is his enjoyment of performances & the smile of appreciation on his face & his enthusiastic applause. When I'm at a concert or other performance, my face actually feels like I remember his looking.

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Deckman
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:38 AM

This holiday is miss-named! It should be called: "NATIONAL SPAWN DAY!" Cheers, Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: skipy
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:41 AM

You did for me too bbc,
I watched field of dreams yesterday (with tissues).
I urge anyone who has not seen it to do so!
Skipy
P.S. just got given a Meet on the ledge cd! So they didn't forget!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:47 AM

Memory Day - I like that bbc. In future I'll think of your dad on Memory Day too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 09:27 AM

Thanks, Jenny. I'm off to church now; I'm responsible for providing food for coffee hour & I've already been in tears twice this am. Wish me luck getting through it.

Hugs,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Alice
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 09:34 AM

Thinking of you, Barbara.

Just realized this is my 27th father's day without my dad, and I was 27 when he died.
Recently my son needed a black tie, so I pulled out of storage all my dad's old ties
that I kept and the tie rack that we once got him for father's day.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 10:29 AM

Yippee! I love Father's Day! It's the day when we publicly acknowledge that if men weren't born with a desire to insert their penises into warm dark places, none of us would be here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 12:07 PM

Hope you are doing okay now, Barbara. These days can be difficult, but it only means we still care. Our dads are still with us in many ways, particularly when we recognise some of their qualities in us.

I often think about dad and his 7 brothers and sisters because there is a lookout named after one of them that I often drive past, in a part of Sydney that he grew up in. I feel a little tug every time I see the name on the sign - like I belong there, and the family history is going on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 12:09 PM

I hate holidays.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 12:47 PM

Many holidays are difficult, particularly if your situation doesn't match the advertising-imposed Hallmark standard. Thanks for your good wishes, folks. I'm glad if I've given others the chance to reflect. I made it through church ok & now I'm off to see my boys. I'll check in w/ you later. Thanks very much for the support.

best always,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Mickey191
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 02:45 PM

For My Dad,

If I could get another chance
another walk, another dance with him
I'd a play a song that would never end
How I'd love to dance with my Father Again.

Happy Father's Day to all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 04:03 PM

My mom just gave me a card and a couple of picture frames, so I could put my daughter' pictures in them....it brought me to tears.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 07:59 PM

Hi, folks,

I'm back from seeing my kids & it was good time. Think I'll call my mom & see how she's gotten through the day.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:02 PM

I was thrilled to see that my son elected not to give me a cheesy tie - just the usual diaper full of - well, you know. This morning we had the dedication ceremony at my Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - I've performed dozens of these, but it was something different dedicating my own son. My dad even made it out from Michigan for the service. It was a delightful first dads' day.

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:13 PM

Thinking of you, Barbara. I'm losing my dad, too, only more slowly, to Alzheimer's. I called him today, and he knew who I was, but he was spacier than ever. Just a little while later, I got a call from my brother, who was totally shaken by the change in our dad.

Love and honor to all you dads!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: kendall
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 08:28 PM

It pleases me no end to see my daughters and my wife enjoying each other so much. Of course, they are all crazy, that helps.

I took my grandson Jonathan and Elaine, his Mother for a ride in the old Ford. I used to do that when she was a girl, and I'll bet he will remember that ride for ever.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 09:44 PM

Thanks, folks. Happy night to you all. Just got off the phone with my mom & my day is complete. She's ok & so am I. Blessings on my dad & on all of yours. Dads, thanks for all you do!

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 04:33 AM

I think I come under the 'not the Hallmark Card' variety.

Limpit forgot to give Manitas his present until he sulked about not getting breakfast in bed or his lunch made for him. He chose to do the ironing.

I spent some time with my mother in law yesterday morning - she seems to be bearing up well mostly after my father-in-law's death in March. The evenings are worst she says.

As for my own father who died 9 years ago.... Fathers Day is a generated celebration created soley to generate revenue for card manufacturers and those who make gadgety gifts for men. If ever they print a 'you were a violent man who made a lot of people unhappy' card, I'll buy it.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Micca
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 07:30 AM

For My Father (on Fathers Day)

He was absent all my life
He lived and worked
In England
I saw him twice
I was eleven and he came
To stay for 2 weeks
He sent me to buy razor blades
For his morning shave
And took me and my Mum
To the Limerick Horse show
For a day out
My one day as part of a real
Two parent family
It never happened again

Next time I saw him
I was 22 and My sister
talked me into it
I Visited Amble
Where he lived
Only for the day
and had to
turn around quick
as I had Duty
next day
500 mile
Round trip
To see a sad
Frail Old man,
a stranger,
I spent some hours
looking at him
not for him
the questions
that once seemed
so important were
suddenly trivial.
I then left to go
back to my ship

a month later
I had a telegram
He was dead
I did not mourn
Or weep, feel sad
I hardly knew him
He wasn't MY Dad

Fathers day?
What is that
Only my Mum
Would know


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 04:12 PM

I'm sorry for those of you who had dads who were considerably less than the ideal. I can only imagine how painful that can be. I wonder if it makes it harder to be the kind of parent you want to be? Perhaps the only benefit is that it gives you a good idea how *not* treat others.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Becca72
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 04:23 PM

I'm very close with my dad, but I had a very strained relationship with my mother (who died in February) so it was the May holiday that was difficult for me.
As for making it harder to be the kind of parent I want to be, she actually made me not want to be a parent at all. Too afraid I'd turn out just like her, as my sister did.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 08:35 PM

Yes, Becca. I love my mom, but we've developed a few issues as we've both gotten older. Since I live in a different state, I try to get cards &, sometimes, gifts for her. Looking at greeting cards makes me crazy, though. Most of them ring so un-true to how I feel & what my personality is. I figure w/ my mom, though, if I get 1 that's big & expensive & makes me cry, it will be ok. Sounds pretty cynical, doesn't it? I remember when gifts cost what cards do now.

I can understand your concern about parenting like your mom did. Unfortunately, there's no way to guarantee what would happen. You might think you'd do better, simply because you're aware of the problem. My ex-husband came from 2 generations of divorce & I thought he was committed to the concept of staying married. After 10 years & 2 kids, though, he asked for a divorce & I ended up raising our kids alone. Maybe he was influenced by his background; maybe I was just too obnoxious to live with. It's water under the bridge now & we all just do the best we can w/ what we've got. I'm not sure, if I were you, that I'd let my mom's failings keep me from having kids if I wanted to. That's what you have to determine--if you want to. Bear in mind, though--kids are the biggest surprise package you'll ever get. Don't plan on parenting being anything but commitment & giving on your part, for the rest of your life. If you get love, gratitude, or help back from your kids, that's gravy. You made the choice & the commitment, not them. That being said, I'm glad I became a parent; it has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. I have contributed to the future of the world through my kids. One makes me feel like a good mom. With the other, I always feel like a failure. There is no direction book & you'll always wonder if you're doing the right thing. Consider this, though; *you* are thinking about it & weighing the possibilities rather than just getting unexpectedly pregnant.

Wishing you well,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Wesley S
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 06:32 AM

This might be a good day to refresh this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: maeve
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 06:45 AM

Many of us have a hole in our lives where "Dad" used to be; some losses are recent, others years old. May healing allow whatever happy and grateful memories there be to rise to light of day and illuminate the dark times.

Others still have their fathers with them and can stock up on additional memories of happy and sad times. May you make the most of the best; and minimize hurt from the worst.

Happy Father's Day, Poppie. I miss you.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Janie
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 10:00 AM

My first Father's-turned-Memory Day.

Miss you Daddy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: artbrooks
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 10:22 AM

I love my daughters. Father's Day? Bah, humbug. Hallmark Cards thanks you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 11:49 AM

Its almost noon and no else has gotten out of bed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 03:19 PM

Micca, I love your poetry. {{{{hug}}}}


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 03:03 AM

I am making most of my time with dad not just Father's Day but every day now. He is getting very frail and has been called back to the doctor today. We have had our moments over the years, fantastic times and the odd fall out through my troublesome teens, times when I thought that he was being so unreasonable but all of that seems so unimportant now, no one is perfect. We always had a special 'waltz' together from when I was a little girl right until I was a young woman. Later sadly we never ever seemed to get chance to do that again, I wish I could turn the clock back.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: DougR
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 02:39 PM

The one thing that would have made my Father's Day totally complete would have been to receive a Father's Day greeting from Greg F. Sadly it was not to be.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: bbc
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 09:23 PM

Wesley, thanks so much for refreshing this thread! I'm not on Mudcat as often as I used to be, but I happened by tonight. My dad's birthday was the 17th & then, of course, Father's Day was just 2 days later. I just took early retirement & I've been in Maine, visiting my mom, this past week. I've reflected on my dad a lot in the past few days. Four years after his death, I don't cry as much at the loss, but I still feel it, even as I feel the gratitude for all he gave me & was to me. I find that, when I get to new stages of life, I miss his advice. Here's a link
to the photo I posted in his memory on Father's Day. It is a blessing to have a good dad or mom. I hope that those of you who don't will seek out dad & mom substitutes. I am blessed with both older & younger friends, to enrich my life. I hope I am the blessing to them that they are to me!

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Father's Day!
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Jun 20 - 11:28 AM

Some Mudcatters are grieving the loss of fathers this year.

A moment of silence for them,
as grief is a heavy thing to go through.

Some Mudcatters may mourn
the absence where a father ought to have been,
and never was.
I'm one of the latter.

And a Happy Father-s-Memory-Day and/or
Father's Day
to all the rest.


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