Monday, 8 August 2011

In Memoriam

Today is/was my father's birthday (he died a year and a half ago).  This card from the Lo Scarabeo Tarot of the Renaissance by Pietro Alligo and GiorgioTrevisan, the King of Wands, reminds me of him.

There were times when he was passionate about life, loved exploring, was out-going and very sociable.  Unfortunately, he lost that passion for living quite a while before his body caught on and gave up.  Still, I would like to remember him as the cheeky young Scot who tried to cycle to Malaysia (he never got further than Paris), who worked as a dishwasher on-board a channel ferry (and chucked half the plates overboard), who delighted in constantly finding clever new ideas (such as a baby seat that attached to any table and folded away to next to nothing - innovative for the time), who loved to socialise and always had a tale to tell, who managed to travel the world through work, and who wrote silly poetry.

I am grateful to have known my father in good times as well as bad.

10 comments:

  1. Morning, Carla, you're up early :) Have a lovely day.

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  2. A lovely card to remember him by. I am glad you are able to celebrate those remarkable aspects that came together to make the man you knew, loved and called father.

    We raise a glass of something good in his memory!

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  3. Thanks, Helen, for joining me in celebrating and remembering him.

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  4. This really touched me, especially as it's just past the two-year mark since my own father died. I'm glad you have all those memories, and can celebrate his life.

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  5. Hi Alison,

    Well, it's taken me a while to get to this stage. I hope you have good memories you can get in touch with, too.

    Best wishes, Chloë

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  6. Aww.

    I can't believe I missed this post! What a sweet tribute to your dad. He sounds wonderful. Makes me want to go e-mail or call my dad.

    Big Hugs,
    MM

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  7. Hi MM,

    Well, I wouldn't actually say he was wonderful, but at least now I can appreciate some of the good bits. Hope you enjoy connecting with your dad.

    Hugs,
    Chloë

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  8. Chloë,

    I really admire your honesty about your dad. :) Sorry for being presumptuous in saying he was wonderful. I guess your tribute was wonderful more than anything. I'm even more impressed now that I know how imperfect he was...

    Hugs,
    MM

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  9. Hi MM,
    I don't think you were presumptuous at all, perhaps just someone who tends to see the good in everyone :)

    Hugs,
    Cxx

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