Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Although my dad passed away 38 years ago, he has always been in my heart and thoughts.  Whether a man resembling my dad came into sight, or a voice from a man who sounded like him, I wished it was my dad and not the stranger.

As I watched my husband carrying our children one at a time  playing piggy back, galloping and making them laugh, I reflected back in time when my dad did the same thing to me when I was little.  Now I see my children playing piggy back with their children.

The endless hours playing Monopoly, scrabble, jig saw puzzles and many more games with my dad, was later repeated when my children  became parents and played with their little ones..

The numerous vacations, playing with me in the water, helping with homework  and giving me quality attention made my dad very special especially the story telling and the good night kisses.

One remarkable thing I remember when I was a little girl was my father standing on his head just to make me laugh because I was ill and did not want to take my medicine.

Some dads pick unique pet names for their children.  My dad used to call me "my little chicken" because I was small and petite. He very rarely called me by my birth name unless he was angry with me.

My dad was always warm and gentle.  People liked him, as he always made them feel special.  I loved him very much because he made me feel special too.

I miss you Dad!


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Iris Shapiro said...

Please email me if you are having trouble leaving comments. Some people are emailing that their comments are not being published. Please send me your comments and I will publish them mysef untl I learn how to fix this problem

Iris Shapiro said...

Do to problems with Blogger comments, I am taking the liberty to publish a comment that was sent to my email

"My most memorable things experienced, with my father, revolve around death and dying. I bonded with my father, in the last few years of his life, more than in my life's entire relationship with him. In those last few years, I had the opportunity to get emotionally close to my father, for the first time in our lives. I am grateful to God, for giving me that opportunity, even though, at the actual time of those experiences, I was very stressed out and driven beyond the point of insanity, more than once, by the experience. My father was a tough person to get emotionally close to. He only allowed me to get that close, when he needed my physical assistance, and was too weak to emotionally push me away, as he had for my entire life. But, I'll take what I can get. It would have been awful to never have had the opportunity to get close to him.

Your blog helped me re-live the closeness that I shared with my dad. Thank you."

Iris Shapiro said...

Dear Joe,
Your recent comment to my Father's Day blog was extremely touching. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope others will send in their comments for all to read

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Iris Shapiro said...

Another comment was sent to my email address as my blogger comment box is not working again

"I always enjoy reading your blog. You have a way with words. Have you ever considered writing short stories? Your writing is as good if not better then some of the ones I read in Good Housekeeping, etc"

Dottie Kassner

Iris Shapiro said...

Thanks Dottie for your kind comment on my blogs. Actually I finished a manuscript of my family history and my life. It is my legacy to give it to my children and grandchildren. The intent is to have them know more about me, our family memebers and some history. Some of my personal blogs come from it.

By the way, do you have a special memory of your dad that you wish to share?