Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Tale of Two Daddies

It's Fathers Day and time to celebrate and remember all the good daddies out there. Two of the best come to my mind today.

Remembering my own sweet daddy, Newell Clayton Frazier, who died in 1999. He loved all of us like crazy and took real delight in us. He was the one who got up with us in the middle of the night (Mother had daytime sick-duty, Daddy had nighttime sick-duty). He loved grocery shopping, building things - mainly additions onto houses, and gardening. Boy, do I miss all the tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash he supplied over the years! He sat through (though complained about) endless PTA meetings. He let us go everywhere with him - Red Food Store on Friday nights, Stone's Hardware and Snyder's filling station on Saturday mornings, and any other place he was heading out to. He really lived into his fatherhood and set an example of what a good man and daddy should be. I miss him every day.

And celebrating my son-in-law, Greg - daddy to GrandBoy Liam. He, too, delights in his new baby,and shows all the makings of a worthy father - full of love and devotion to Baby Mama/my daughter Kate, as well as for his little boy. I'm sure he'll be the type to pile all the kids in the car whenever he's off to the hardware store or gas station, too.

Happy Fathers Day to all who are celebrated and remembered. Hooray for the good daddies!


Joy Des Jardins said...

Oh my gosh...look how big Liam has gotten. What a great pic of him and his daddy. I'm SURE he had a good Father's Day with that sweet little guy... Nice post Mary. ~Joy

MaryB said...

Thanks, Joy!

Anonymous said...

That dated photo looks to have been taken the Summer of '51. Waaaaaay before I was born!! Remember how it was cool to be older.

Anonymous said...

And speaking of older; Is that Billy with a Bible under his arm?

Anonymous said...

It's still cool to be older! Oh, and that is a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses under my arm. Always older, wiser, and well read, cuz.
We were lucky to have such a great Dad.
Guess Liam will be in college before I ever get to see him in person.

MaryB said...

It is cooler being older (until the knees give out). Right. Ulysses.

And if you'd come down off that mountain, you could see Liam before he graduates from high school. I'm sure you'll see him at Lizzie's wedding, though. :-)

Liz said...

How lovely.

My, your baby is growing! It seems like only yesterday he was a sparkle in your eye.