A Life Well Remembered: A Story


When I was twelve and my brother six, my mother left to make a new life for herself,
without us.
My father became a single parent.
Every day of my adult life, I am thankful that my brother and I were brought up by my dad.
It wasn't always easy, especially during our teen years,
but dad did his best to be the best dad he could be.

I consider myself lucky as I have inherited my dad's positive and upbeat attitude,
his love and enthusiasm for life and his caring nature.
Dad was full of fun and was always there for me when I needed him.
When I became a mother to three lovely children, 
I realized the true value of my dad's upbringing.

There isn't a day goes by when I don't think of the father I was given,
how lucky I was and how I shall always be truly thankful.
I'll never forget all he did for me 
and I'll never forget that smile of his
and his wonderful twinkling blue eyes.

Photo:
Two photos of Dad, a book of poems he gave to me,
his Parker fountain pen, which I still use,
and a handkerchief with his initial, J for John, which he once left when he came to stay
and which I laundered and kept in memory of him.
His writing in a birthday card he sent to me.

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Joining Sarah at Paisley Rain Boots and Lee at Sea Blue Lens
for Scene & Story

48 comments

  1. What a precious story and treasured keepsakes. I don't have a great relationship with my mother, but I can't imagine her just leaving us. How extremely hard but your dad sounds like he pushed on like a champion. So happy you are joining us on this new monthly adventure.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. This story of remembering seemed perfect for your Scene and Story monthly postings. Thank you for organizing them! I owe everything to my dad and how he guided me to be the person I have become!

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  2. A beautiful photo of a beautiful photo. :) In the items you gathered I can see his handwriting, his face, his smile, and his warmth. Thank you for sharing such a personal treasure.

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    1. You saw everything of importance! Thank you for visiting!

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  3. Lovely treasures to keep . . . xxx

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  4. Such a beautiful tribute to an obviously very, very special man.
    I truly enjoyed reading this, Sandra.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I am so pleased to share who my dad was with others.

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  5. A beautiful post full of love. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    1. Love is forever. Thank you for your visit, Viv.

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  6. What a blessing, an abundance of blessings you have shared here. I appreciate all that you included in the image that reminds you of your Dad. Beautiful post!

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    1. Thank you Deborah. I was indeed blessed!

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  7. A beautiful light shines from this post, Sandra. What a blessing!

    I am so encouraged the hear a "Dad" story.

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    1. Thank you Sandi. Where there is love, there is light!

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  8. You expressed this beautifully-holding the good memories in your heart. I love your photo of memories.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. The good memories we keep in our hearts are with us forever.

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  9. It's wonderful that you have these treasures to keep him ever present in your thoughts. Obviously he had his hands full but pressed through to give you and your brother a firm foundation of love. I know he was grateful for your gratitude......

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Our childhoods form who we are today, both the difficult and the loving parts.

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  10. Thank you for sharing such treasured memories.

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  11. What a beautiful tribute to your dad and what a handsome man he was! We can see you have inherited his talent for Beauty and for poems! Beautiful post Sandra! He must be proud.....

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    1. Thank you for your visit and your very sweet comment!

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  12. Sandra, this is my first visit to your blog, though I follow you on Flickr. I didn't know you lived in Switzerland! I love this "portrait" of your father and your beautiful tribute to his memory. I was six when my parents divorced and my mother moved a thousand miles away, leaving my brother and me to be raised by our dad and new stepmother. Life with Dad wasn't always easy (understatement!) but when I got reacquainted with my mother as an adult, I decided I was better off to have been raised by Dad after all. So glad to have found your blog! Thanks for joining the Scene & Story linkup.

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    1. Lee, so nice to have you visit! I've been living in Switzerland for most of my adult life! I think it must be particularly hard for single-parent dads to raise children.
      It sounds as if you got the best deal after all! Creating Scene & Story is such a lovely idea! We get to know new photographers too!

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  13. that's so sweet. and the photos so wonderfully shot.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you, Lissa. So nice to see you!

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  14. God bless him and you! So much beauty in being faithful.

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  15. A beautiful story and photo, Sandra. Your dad must have been a very special person, because he raised a caring, loving daughter! I'm thankful to have you as a friend!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy, for your kind words.

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  16. Your story really connected with me. This last year was a challenge for me as my mother has Alzehimer's. For a while it was difficult because I had some resentment toward her, but now I've come full circle and realize that she did the best she could - and it's my privilege to love her fully. Your photograph and your words are a beautiful tribute to your father, to you, and an inspiration to me.

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    1. Donna, thank you for your visit. I'm so glad you've come full circle concerning your mother. When we realize that that those who are part of our lives have done the best they could in the given circumstances, we are able to let go of any resentment that may have been lurking in our hearts. Only then can we love unconditionally.

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  17. A heart felt story. Your dad must have been a special person and you have a lovely tribute to him here. I love biographical stories. I have written two books on my story and ai am onto the third.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Yes, dad was special. He was my rock and my roots.
      How lovely that you have written two books so far on your own story. I love biographies also!

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  18. What a sweet tribute, Sandra! Your Dad sounds like a remarkable man and I can feel the love you hold for him. Memories are often bittersweet things....but always something to treasure. Thanks for sharing your family's story.

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    1. Anna, thank you for visiting and for your comment. Yes, there is always something to treasure amongst our memories!

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  19. Beautiful, beautiful post, Sandra, and wonderful tribute from a loving daughter! I can see that you have inherited his talent for Beauty and Poetry. Yes, this post is really special: thank so much for sharing the good memories in your heart with us. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Anabelia, for your visit and kind comment on this posting.

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  20. A wonderful tribute to your Dad who I know was very special to you. Your still life really gives me a glimpse into your memories..and I think you look somewhat like him from his photo!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I was happy to write this tribute to my dad. He deserved it! Yes, I do look like dad's side of the family and apparently very much like his own sister, my aunt.

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  21. Dear Sandra,
    I'm deeply touched by your tribute to your dad. We tend to take things much too easily, worse: remember but the things that weren't great, or which made us sad or angry.
    Thank you for sharing your loving thoughts with us!
    Marjan

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    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment, Marjan. Yes, it's so important to remember the 'good' things and sometimes remembering how the more difficult moments helped us grow and gain in experience and wisdom!

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