Wednesday, April 11, 2007
My cousin Dick sent this picture to me of my dad and my Uncle Bill. This is a great picture of both of them - and really is the way I remember my dad. This picture tells so much about him. This picture helps me remember a lot of what made my dad who he was.
First, Dad was very close to his brothers and sisters. This picture was taken at a reunion and he and Uncle Bill were just talking. He always got along with his brothers and sisters and it showed.
Second, if you look closely, he has a toothpick in his mouth. Dad always chewed on a toothpick. I don't know why, he just did.
Third - Dad has a great tan at this point. That's because he worked outside all the time. His job took him outside all day long and then he worked in his garden in the evenings and weekends. I think my kids might remember being in the garden with him. I don't remember so much about it. I'm not sure he had a garden when I was a little girl.
Fourth - he had on his white hat. Two things about that. He was a country boy - and kind of a cowboy. He owned a ranch at one time. He rode horses and loved cattle. Wearing this type of hat was not foreign to him. It suited him. Secondly, the white hat was perfect for him. He was a "good guy". He was fair, honest and a good man. He deserved to wear a white hat.
I like looking at this picture - its a good way to remember my dad.