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Father

I decided to put the word ‘father’ in the search box in my photo library and see what images would appear. Here are some of the results.

My husband Dave taking his father for a walk during a visit to Leamington Ontario in 2014. Dad died in 2016.
I am going out to feed the pigs with my paternal grandfather Diedrich Peters in 1956 on his farm in Gnadenthal, Manitoba.
On the farm with my maternal grandfather Peter Schmidt in 1955 in Drake Saskatchewan
My father in 2014, wearing his signature apron after carving the Thanksgiving turkey at a family gathering at our house, enjoying a laugh with his grandson’s wife.
My father-in-law with our son on his first birthday
My Dad with two of his grandsons over thirty years ago.
Dad and me celebrating our fall birthdays at my brother’s house just a few years ago

My husband Dave with our older son Joel in 1979.

My Dad reads to my sister and me. We are holding the dolls we got for Christmas.
Dave with our older son at his university graduation
My husband Dave and our younger son performing at our older son’s wedding reception

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

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A Gift For My Father

I made a book for my Dad for Father’s Day.  It contains over a hundred photos of Dad with my Mom, with his children, with his grandchildren, and with his great-grandchildren. Each photo is labeled with the names of the people pictured with Dad and a statement about how he is related to them. 

dads photo ablumLike so many people in his age category who have been isolated and cut off from family during the pandemic, my ninety-one-year-old father has found it harder and harder to keep his connections to all the people in his family organized in his mind.  

He is used to seeing us in person on a very regular basis and now for months and months, we have only been able to talk to him on the phone.  Dad is not very computer savvy so using a screen to connect with him hasn’t been a possibility.

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Dad with two of his grandchildren

When I noticed Dad struggling to recall all his family connections , I decided to design a book for him.  I found multiple photos of him with individuals and small groups of his immediate family members and then arranged them in different categories and in different ways, to make it easy for him to see where everyone fits into the family.

I sent Dad’s book to the printing company more than a month ago but when it arrived just ten days later it had gotten damp in the shipping box somehow. The spine was buckled and the colors on the photos had run.  I was so disheartened. My Father’s Day gift was ruined. 

I used all my best writing skills in an impassioned e-mail to the photo book company to explain how my Dad REALLY needed this book and it had arrived in such bad shape I couldn’t give it to him. 

They were very apologetic and printed and shipped another book by expedited mail immediately. It arrived yesterday and I was very happy. 

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Dad with one of his seven great-grandchildren

Rules have changed at Dad’s assisted living facility so we can see him now for outdoor physically distanced half-hour visits. That means we will be able to be with him on Father’s Day and I can give him his book.

When I told Dad it was Father’s Day on Sunday and we wanted to celebrate with him he asked if he should be getting gifts ready for his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  I told him that Father’s Day was a day to celebrate him and so he would be the one getting gifts not the other way around. 

I am glad my gift for him arrived on time and am hoping it will help maintain a strong connection with the family members Dad cares for and who care for him. 

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My Dad feeding me while studying for his medical school classes

Someone who helped provide me with a good start in life 

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My Dad examining patients in Haiti

Someone who taught me the value of sharing your gifts with others generously

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My Mom and Dad in their flower garden on their former property just outside of Steinbach

Someone who modeled what it meant to be loyal to your marriage partner

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My Dad with his five sisters

Someone who has shown me how important it is to maintain a supportive relationship with your siblings

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My Dad putting in the dock at our family cottage at Moose Lake

Someone who has been an inspiration to work hard

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My Dad with two of this grandsons when they were small

Someone who has always been interested and involved in his grandchildren’s lives

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My Dad was a  school trustee for many years. Dad is far right in the first row.

Someone who modeled the importance of serving your community

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My Dad with harvest from his tomato crop in 2006

Someone who has taught me there is value in living close to the earth

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With my Dad on his 88th birthday in 2016

Someone who continues to play an important role in my life

Happy Father’s Day!

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My Dad Hasn’t Lost His Green Thumb

Father’s Day

Remembering my Grandpa

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Thanks Dad For….

dad feeds mlCaring for me          stay lox bricks dad playsGiving me a safe and secure childhood

school class 1974-75Paying for my education so I could become a teacherwedding 1973

Supporting me in my marriagegrandpaBeing a good grandfather to my children. 

Happy Father’s Day!

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My Dad Hasn’t Lost His Green Thumb

My Dad  Was Once A Teacher

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