Thursday, May 13, 2010

My dad



Yesterday was my dad’s birthday. He was born on May 12, 1906, in Tomah, Wisconsin, and died on March 3, 1967, in Coppell, Texas. He was the youngest of five boys. He served in the Navy during World War II and once worked at the Dearborn Brass Works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is one of the few photos I have of him and me. I think I was around 16 when it was taken.

We had some happy days and some not-so-happy days. This was one of the happy days. If he saw this post, he would probably say, “You’re a day late and a dollar short.”

And I hate to admit it, but you know what? He would be right.

9 comments:

Putz said...

twins once again, my dad served in the navy also and once came hom,e on leave in sandieogo to get my birthday out of the rain before it got all wet

Vagabonde said...

I saw your comment in Angela’s Letter from Usedom and came for a visit. I live in Georgia too, in Cobb County. Yesterday was my mother’s birthday, she would have been 100 as she was born 12 May 1910. I wrote a post on her childhood last year at this time and shall write another on her for French Mother’s Day which is 30 May. I’ll come back to read more of your blog, right now I am catching up as I have been on a trip.

A Lady's Life said...

luv the fonz.
Your Dad was on the ball.Kept you on your toes. LOL

Yorkshire Pudding said...

You looked like peas in a pod but who's the guy at the bottom? Is it Dick Chaney?

rhymeswithplague said...

Putz, I just know you mean birthday cake (MacArthur Park and all that?)...

Vagabonde, welcome! We were Cobb Countians for 28 years, but now reside in Cherokee County.

Lady,, I guess that's one way of looking at it!

YP, how can we look like peas in a pod when we aren't even related? And no, not Dick Cheney. Young Henry Winkler there is in his rols as "The Fonz" from the old situation comedy Happy Days. Did it ever run in England?

Carolina said...

He looks very proud standing next to you.

Angela said...

Thank you for coming to my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment! I will read more of your posts and am glad you found me. Thank you for your offered hand - yes, our fathers fought on different sides but we can take our own decisions. When I stayed in Pennsylvania for a year in 1964/65 I was welcomed by everyone and have only the happiest memories. Ever since I was back, I have never stopped telling my friends of American cordiality and generosity. Alles Gute für Dich! Angela

Elizabeth said...

You looked very much like your dad - what a lovely memento to have. 'Happy Days' certainly did run in England - I wasn't so keen on Fonzie, but was convinced that Ritchie would one day realise I existed and whisk me away to that little cafe. Not so sure about his dad's penchant for wearing Buffalo horns on his head 'though! x

Snowbrush said...

You've outlived him, Rhymes. He hadn't even had his 61st birthday. My own father was born in 1909, so your Dad was a little older than most when you were born too.