Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

My Dad was in the hospital a few weeks ago.....

His problems were not solved, 
and he was sent him home weak and tired.

But then he heard that his care provider, Tom, 
had never been on a train before.

So a few days later Dad made plans, 
and away they went for Tom's first train ride to Hanford.

When I heard they were going I thought...really??! 
Dad's not up to doing that! 

But good for him!

Of course this Hanford trip included a stop at Superior Dairy. 
The place with the SAME decor, (complete with paint chipping), 
where my Dad took me as a little girl. 

My Dad's always been a quiet charger through life. He doesn't talk 
much about what he will do or why, he just does it. 

But he did write about it back in 1976:

"1. That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has changed, but our ability to accomplish it becomes increased. (quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson from a talk by Heber J. Grant)

2. There is no such thing as a "free lunch"...somebody has to pay for it.

3. Man is that we might have joy.

4. The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath.

5. Don't take yourself too seriously.

6. Look for the weakness in other men to be the same as you have in yourself. Then you will have greater love and understanding for them and yourself.

7. The search for material riches is never ending.

8. The greatest accomplishment in my life is my family.

9. It is easy to let lust and greed be your motivating factor in your life (your gods).

10. The people I most admire are those who keep the commandments (the most righteous). They are also the most enjoyable to be around.

11. Honesty is the single most important quality a person should have.

12. Service to others brings the greatest happiness in life."


But wait, there's more....

I know I've shared this before, but it deserves to be repeated, 
especially since she wrote it for his posterity. 

This is what my Mom thought of my Dad:



(Still looking for a picture with Dad and all of his 8 children....)


Robin said...

Nice post! A lovely tribute to a swell dad! I consider it a gift to be a part of this family:)

Karen Mortensen said...

Sorry your dad was in the hospital. Your dad is the most amazing man I know.

Richard said...

Another great post's wisdom beats most General Conference talks and I love conference! Best of all, he practices much more than he preaches.

grandmapeg said...

Hope your dad is feeling better. I love this tribute to your dad and especially the pictures. I love your mom's list, especially the last one!

Scrapally said...

Very sweet story! Forgetting himself and serving others. And ice cream cures everything doesn't it? I hope he is feeling better.