Sunday, 19 June 2011

Father's Day - a memory of my dad.

Its Father's Day over here in the UK. On Facebook people have been changing their profile photos to photos of their dads. I changed mine too - to one of daddy and me on my wedding day. I have posted it below so you can see.


I had some lovely comments about the photo and I realised, again, what an influence he had on many lives, not just mine or my family's. He was a doctor and I will always remember that on my wedding day there were little clusters of his patients who came to stand outside the church to see his daughter get married.

Those same people came to his funeral too.

I always remember that for the first time ever we held hands on my wedding day. I suppose when I was a little girl we must have held hands, but as I got older he was very reluctant to do things like hold hands or link arms. It became a bit of a joke between us - trying to hold his hand without him realising ...

But on my wedding day I slipped my hand into his and he held it tight - his eldest girl getting married. You can see in this photo that we are holding hands and that meant the world to me.

My brother said to me today that he thought Father's Day was another day of commercialism, but it doesn't have to be that way does it? You don't have to buy into all the commercial tat. I think its lovely to see all the photos of dads on Facebook. I am getting to the age now, as are my friends, when many of us have lost our fathers, and it is rather lovely to be able to post a photo and say "Look everyone - this was my dad and I loved him"



5 comments:

Caz said...

That was the very first thing I noticed about this photo - that you were holding hands and it brought a tear to my eye. What a beautiful photo. XX

Eve said...

That is such a beautiful picture Sarah! I am so sorry for your loss. He looks like a really good person and it's wonderful that you have such fabulous memories of him. ...I love your dress too!

Pauline said...

Firstly, what a beautiful bride you were! And your Dad looks so proud. Reminds me that I closest I ever came to my father holding my hand was on my wedding day, when he tucked my hand through his arm and placed his hand over mine. I wonder if fathers ever realise how much holding their hand can mean to us.

Groovymum said...

I know how you feel. This last Mother's Day was the first one without my mum. It was incredibly emotional. What better to use these days to remember our lost loved ones, and celebrate parenthood for those who are still among us!

Inkling said...

What a beautiful photo and memory and what a beautiful post! Makes me wish I got to know your dad. Thanks for sharing your heart today.