Saturday, February 14, 2009

Yo, Dad!









My Father was born on Valentine's Day in 1929.
























He grew up in Southwest Philadelphia, played ball in school, ran the streets, and hung out with jazz musicians (to his father's horror) ...



























Then he turned serious,
















Married my Mom, and moved to the suburbs,


















Had two kids (I'm playing off to the side somewhere),








Lost his parents and brother within three years (wreaked havoc within) worked for National Rolling Mills for 35 years,











Welcomed his first grandchild, was divorced, retired,















Re-married my Mom ...
























My father loves family,


















All family.
















Even other people's family.









And, he wonders why he, the one who always got into trouble, still lives when all the upstanding members of his family have passed on. We tell me he is here because we need him.

Happy 80th Birthday, Dad!


13 comments:

Spartacus Jones said...

And many more.


sj

Lori Skoog said...

Happy Birthday Dad! Fe, my Mom and her Mom were both born on Valentines Day!

rebecca said...

What a nice tribute to your dad Fe! Loved the pictures. And is that you, Miss Fe, with dear, old dad as he holds his first grandchild?

Happy Birthday Papa!

Janie said...

That's a great celebration of your dad's life so far. Hope he has many more years to enjoy his family, and for his family to enjoy the pleasure of his company.

Carolyn said...

Fe, what a beautiful tribute to your dad, may you and your family have many more years with him. Smiles and happy belated Valentine's Day!

Esther Garvi said...

Lovely tribute!

CoyoteFe said...

SJ -
Thank you. I'll pass it on.

Lorelei -
You mean you have eccentric people in your family too? Ha!

Rebecca-san!
That is my mom and her mother, my Nana. I might have taken the picture. Then again, I might have been out riding my bike.

Janie -
As I have said before, I have given my parents strict instructions to avoid passing on before me. Totally unfair of me, but that's just too bad!

Carolyn -
Thanks, and happy V-Day to you,

Esther -
Greetings, and thank you.

TRXTR said...

Fe, how do you DO it? No, not the artistry-- I get that! I mean, the very mechanics of getting so may pix into your blog! You are a woman of both art and craft!

CoyoteFe said...

Hallooo TRXTR!
I am a woman of both ... umm ... something. I just keep hitting the 'add image' button on the post window until I am either bored or exhausted. Then I drag them around until I am REALLY bored. I think you should be more impressed that I know "Giant Steps". :-)

Check out Lori Skoog's Skoog Farm Journal on my side bar, for SHE has photos.

fellow traveler said...

Fe ... what a wonderful legacy and tribute. I know the love, the lessons and the memories will keep you for years to come.
blessings, ~Pat

One Red Horse said...

Fe, sure are great pictures of your dad. Looks like you were well-fathered. His life sure spans some history. Looks like he is proud of his family. Guessing he is a caring and gutsy guy. Definitely raised a fine daughter!

Cherie

CoyoteFe said...

Pat!
Thank you! But I would have better memories if he would stop calling me "Daffy"! Honestly! Bahahahah!

Cherie!
I raided my Morther's photo albums. And, her mothers as well! I'll tell him he raised a fine daughter, and see what he has to say about that!

San said...

Beautiful tribute, Fe. What a great dad!