|Mom and Dad|
My dad passed of pancreatic cancer 33 years ago but I still miss him and think of him daily. He loved learning and read voraciously, even my textbooks from college while I was away at school. He taught me to love and respect animals - talking to me about all the back yard critters as I grew up.
|Dad with Elsie - she belonged to a friend's parents.|
He was kind, caring, an incredible mechanic and handy man, open hearted and accepting of all people. I could go on and on about his wonderful qualities. The one thing that I recall about him that touches me the most is that every summer while our deep red rose bush bloomed next to the house, he would pick a bud and set in on my dresser in a lovely glass vase. For the whole summer, I would have a single red rose filling my bedroom with such fragrance and color.
Now, when I see or smell roses, I think of him. I have a pink rose in my yard now and do the same thing in memory of Dad - keep one in a vase in my room for as long as the blooms last.
Wishing all the fathers out there in all species a wonderful Father's Day - if you are lucky to have a great dad, you truly have a treasure. Cherish him!