A couple of Saturday memes about dads

I have seen this Saturday 9 meme around and decided to try it today. Every Saturday 9 questions are posted, sometimes around a theme. Today’s question has to do with fathers.

1. How long since you have been with your dad?

He passed away several years ago.

2. How many siblings share your dad?

1 brother, 3 sisters.

3. Will you see your dad tomorrow?

No, I won’t see him til I get to heaven. 🙂

4. Do you give him gifts on Father’s Day?

I did when he was alive. Over his last several years I usually got him books and models, especially models of military vehicles.

5. Have you ever had a tough time in your relationship with your father?

Oh yes. 🙂 My father was an alcoholic. I wrote more about him and how he came to the Lord here.

6. What was the last thing that you did with your dad?

We had gone to TX to see him when he had a small stroke and was on a ventilator and all the family had been called in. We were there for about a week. Thankfully he came off the ventilator the last day we were able to be there, so we got to talk some then. He did get better and get out of the hospital and had about six more good months.

7. Growing up, was your dad tough on you?

Yes, very. He came from an authoritarian era.

8. Are you close to your father?

I was in my earlier years. He was a hard person to be close to.

9. How long since you have spoke to him?

I think it was a few weeks before he passed away, right after my brother’s wedding.

My dad and me:

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And I have also seen a Saturday Social meme, this time asking the question:

What qualities do you think make a great Dad?

I think first and foremost a good dad loves the Lord, tries to live according to His Word, and tries to teach his children about Him.

A good dad provides for his family both by his job and with his time. He knows their needs are not just physical.

A good dad takes time to listen, both to the silly and fun things as well as the serious ones.

A good dad is not afraid of his children’s questions but takes time to share answers.

A good dad makes time for fun.

A good dad loves his children’s mother.

I am glad to say my children have a good dad. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “A couple of Saturday memes about dads

  1. First, let me say your honest approach to your dad is inspiring. I read your post about your dad. The pictures with him and you are great. Anyway, welcome to Saturday 9!!

  2. It’s nice to meet you and welcome to Saturday 9! I enjoyed reading your answers and found your Saturday Social responses ‘spot on’ ;–)

    I’ve been participating off and on in Saturday 9 for a little while and I’ve enjoyed getting acquainted with regular participants. I almost skipped today’s because my Dad died 33 years ago, but decided to modify it a bit … and shared at Small Reflections. I hope you’ll find time to visit.

    Happy Flag Day!
    Hugs and blessings,

  3. Visiting from the Saturday 9–thanks for visiting my blog! Your post is really lovely, and the picture of your dad and you as an infant is really sweet. It’s nice that you have fond memories of him even though there were some struggles.

  4. Great post about your dad and so brave to be forthright and honest about your relationship. Love does cover “a multitude of sins”…my own relationship with my dad has turned sweeter in the latter years. Great post.

    Mine is here

  5. Hi Barbara – thanks for visiting my blog. Your responses were very touching. I also agree with you on the qualities that make a Dad. Will come visit here next time!

  6. Pingback: Father’s Day « Stray Thoughts

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