Strange and unusual things happen to and around Dad all the time. I'll tell you one quick story because it happened recently and still gives me tingles... He and his wife, Ginger, were having a yardsale just a couple of weekends ago. An older couple who live just up the road, stopped and was making small talk with Ginger. Come to find out, this man knew my grandfather once upon a time, which is really strange in and of itself since we live over an hour from where my grandmother still lives, (and it was even futher when he knew my grandpa.) It reminded me of how our lives are so entertwined, and often we aren't even aware of the connections. Shortly after, the telephone rang in the house and Dad went to answer. My grandfather's name appeared on the caller ID. Not strange, unless you factor in the info that Grampa has been gone for 7 years now, and his name hasn't appeared anywhere for quite some time. Dad answered "Hello?". Nothing. "Hello?" Still nothing. A third 'hello' and the connection was lost. Later when we were all sitting around marveling over this, chills broke out all around as we came to the realization that it was Grampa's birthday. He decided to give us a gift that day. :) These kinds of things happen to my dad all the time.
So, this is my tribute to a most amazing man. He is an integral part of our family, a true blessing. I love him dearly and am grateful for him everyday.
For awhile he was coming over for weekly dinners, and once done eating he would throw out songs from his childhood and have the girls find them on YouTube. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Year 2525. Yesterday When I Was Young. There is one particular favorite, Brand New Key. I can't remember who it's by, Melissa? Melanie? Be right back, I'll go ask Dad...
Happy Father's Day Dad!
Peace ~ Melinda