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Friday, June 18, 2010

With Love for all the Fathers in my Life

Let's start at the beginning, well sort of, at least from a photographic perspective. The young man on the right holding the ball was my Grandfather, William King. This picture is from 1913 where he played basketball for the Ashburn High School basketball team.

He and my grandmother, Hallie King, had two daughters, Barbara and Nancy. Nancy LaBonnie King. This is my grandpa and my mom when she was a toddler.

And here she is with him in Michigan about 1942 as a young girl. I have many fond memories on my grandfather.

As a young man my dad was in the air force. This image is of him from 1951, just around the time he met my mom. Pretty dapper wouldn't you say?

My maternal grandmother met my father and introduced him to my mom. They were married soon after a brief courtship.

My parents went on to have 5 girls. My dad traveled a lot when we were children, he was a shoe salesman so we moved quite often. He's had many hobbies over the years; fish, motorcycles, golfing, photography and sailing to name a few. He had his own boat and sailed quite extensively when we lived in Santa Barbara. This picture of him is one from those years on his boat.

This is dad and me in 1979.

And here is my mom and dad in 1988.

Another picture of dad, mom, sister Jody and her family and my baby Paige in the early 1980's.

Dad is a wonderful dancer. This is him with Paige and my niece Sophie at my sister Brenda's wedding in San Francisco.

And here we are all 5 sisters with my mom and dad at my fathers 80th birthday party last December. Left to right: Brenda, Barb (R.I.P), dad, mom, Becky, myself and Jody.

This was my husbands dad as a young man. He was 'tata' to me.

And one of the last photo's I have of him before he passed. Tata was a farmer and worked hard all of his life to support his family of 5 kids. Without him I wouldn't have the love of my life, my husband.

I recognize my husband Trent as a father who brought me the most beautiful gift of all, my daughter Paige. She is now 18 and just graduated high school.

So to all the fathers who have been part of my life, I love you one and all. Thank you for always being there to support me in thick and thin, for your love and lessons learned and for the many memories I have to hold on to when you are not here. Happy Fathers Day!

1 comment:

puddin said...

Oh Pam-- a heart clutcher!! I know dad will enjoy!!