My dad had a great smile! He enjoyed being a dad, a grandpa and a great grandpa. Here is one I took of he and Jade a long time ago, but this is still one of my favorites.
Here is a tight crop of the lower portion of this image. I love the way Jade is hanging onto his finger, and the weathered look of dads hand. The contrast is incredible and tells a story all it’s own. She feels safe and comfortable resting in his lap, and he is looking at her with pride. No doubt he was thinking about the fact that mom would have loved to be a part of this time of life too, she so loved being a grandma and spoiled our kids rotten! I remember Christin’s first Christmas, (which was also just a few days before her first birthday) there almost wasn’t enough room in our VW Rabbit for us to get back to New Philadelphia because of all the presents! She was the first grandchild and niece, so the spoiling was terrible. (in a good way) It’s OK, I totally understand it now that we are grandparents too!
Dad served proudly with the Army Air Corps in WW II. Here is a picture of “Sweater Girl” the airplane he flew in
I can’t believe dads been gone a year already. I have to say that I am thankful for my parents and my siblings, we have tons of great memories that will last a lifetime.
I want to make sure I do my job to help our children and grandchildren have great memories too. So I am looking forward to Friday when Aaron will ride with us up to Ohio where we will spend the week with our entire family for Christmas! I try to take this week off because it is the one time a year we can all get together…at least this year for one more time. I am blessed to have a family that wants to get together even to the point of sacrificially investing in it. Sara and Hugo have to fly here from CA, that isn’t cheap. Aaron will fly back to GA, Christin and Scott will provide the place to stay for all of us. We’ll all invest “financially” but the returns in memories will be priceless! Yes sir, PJ’s on till early afternoon and keep the coffee comin’, sounds perfect to me!