Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Fathers Day

Each Fathers Day, like many woman, I am divided between making a lovely day for my husband and wanting to pay tribute to my Dad. One would say: just make a nice dinner for both, however my Dad lives about seven hours from us. I seem to fall short with my Dad when it comes to telling him how much he means to me. The distance makes it easy to forget.
I have always thought of my Dad as a cross between Paul Newman and Dick VanDyke. I know...crazy; but he's tall, blue eyed, liked by kids and my female teachers would tell me how handsome he was after a visit to school. I would just say " I know". My husband once told me Dad reminded him of Fred Astaire, I think it's just the blue jackets and shined shoes he wears when stepping out.. I was watching a Steve Martin movie last year and that's when I decided he's a little Steve Martin too,( the goofy part), Steve was wearing a blue blazer. Dad is here pictured with his grand son Everett who is now 11 and Dad will be 80 this year. Good looking right!

My husband was told in high school he looked like the drummer from the Monkeys, I think he's much better looking. He had a small mustache in our youth, I believe in an attempt to look a little bit like Errol Flynn, I prefer him with out one. He's a huge fan of Al Jolson, he does not look like him in any way, but can do a great impersonation. I'm sure our children would pick an assortment of other actors to describe their Dad. This is a photo taken nearly a decade ago... with my favorite supporting actor, our son Everett.

Both men make me feel loved and embody all the best of my favorite famous leading men. They have a way of being present in my life, even if distance keeps us from an embrace. Both are steady and each resemble a bit of the other. On this fathers day it is with pleasure that I share my men with you and I urge all of you to let your men know just how you feel.
Two great Dads and my two leading men. All my love ...Happy Fathers Day!