20 August 2011
i'm grateful for . . . 'my papa's health & great fathers'
This weekend's I'm Grateful For is . . . my papa's health - he's all clear from mid week cataract surgery. Not normally a nervous man & he loves medical intervention, however, with 50% sight in his other eye, this was confronting, if it didn't go well, where would his eye sight be?? As it happens, the surgery corrected his eye so well, after 65 years of wearing glasses . . . he doesn't need them anymore. He was excitedly telling me it's like a celebrity eye makeover, ok Dad, what was he reading in the waiting room??!!
I'm thinking of sweet Jane at Life on Planet Baby blog, as she lost her father this week. I'm so lucky . . . pace makers, stents, bolts & now plastic in his eyes . . . i'm fortunate to still have this amazing positive influence in my world. Our eldest chose 'Grandad' as the star of her recent history assignment (like a relic) & we all learned from his incredible memory details of his first jobs, long career in the Navy & above all, his love for our mother, who needs him more than ever (Alzheimer's Disease). The assignment scored an A+ for the most interesting presentation & credit to Grandad.
FYI he thinks the most important invention in his life time has been the Jumbo Jet - world wide travel should be for everyone. Right on Dad!! He was born in the 1930's Depression in Australia, raised in poverty & joined the Navy to see the world - good thing he did as he met Mum in England, otherwise, we wouldn't be here!! He took us around the world a dozen times on Jumbo Jets during our school years.
I love the expression "to be a great Father to your children, you just need to love their Mother".
We might go months between visits but my father loves how affectionate our children are, like we saw them yesterday. Our first born is named after him, she considers herself 'the favourite'.
The saying 'Daddys' girls marry their Fathers' is creepy but true. I might not have realised it 15 years ago - but . . . right down to the hearing loss, bad ankles & supreme sense of responsibility like military service, i did exactly that. No need to tell you what a great father my husband is to our 4 children, i bang on about it enough on this blog.
Getting sick of my Lego soldier series yet?? There are more.
My husband is VERY aware of how much time he spends away from this little bloke, how it affects him & how he'll grow up to be a fantastic father too. I think it's quality. My father was in the Navy for 30+ years, my brothers are amazing husbands & fathers. Dad is the true patriach of our family, his greatest joy was having 4 children, who created a generation of 14 grandchildren. He'd like me to add 'we're not Catholic' - he was raised Church of England, that was very important to him, that he was NOT Irish Catholic.
When my husband is home, he's "home", he can't exactly practise soldiering in suburban Canberra . . . it's like my father - he couldn't exactly park an air craft carrier in our pool . . . it's ALL about quality when they're home - mucking around with wood & nails in the shed, to baking sponges & licking the beaters in the kitchen. Love Posie