Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Father's Day!!

Happy Father's Day Dad!!

This is a picture drawn by a street merchant in Italy in about 1940 - somewhere along that line.  My Dad was overseas during the war and I have always loved this picture of him.

My Dad - whose real name is John Smith - really, was about as perfect a dad as anyone could have.  He always worked so hard to provide for us so that Mother could be a stay at home Mom.  

He made the best gravy for breakfast anytime we had breakfast.  Mom always cooked a big breakfast for us four girls and Dad but alot of times we had breakfast for supper.  And Dad always made the gravy.

My Dad's company folded when he was in his early fifties.  We had no idea what he would do but he started "junking".  He bought scrap metal and resold it.  He also started at that point in buying and reselling antiques.

At one point, he and my uncle owned an antique red firetruck!

He helped me learn to appreciate the beauty and value of vintage dishes.  I had surgery once and instead of flowers in a vase, I got flowers in a Depression Glass cookie jar which started my collection of Amber Madrid Depression Glass.

I have so many treasures and precious memories of my Dad and miss him so even after all of these years. 

Enjoy your Dad if you still have him here on this earth and if not, treasure your memories.



  1. I have many wonderful memories of my very special Dad!

  2. Your Dad sounds wonderful. My dad was a sweetheart.. but mom left him and took us with her when I was in 7th grade. Rather a traumatic time for sure. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. What a sweet tribute to your dad. Love the picture!

  4. Such a sweet tribute to your dad. How fun he and your uncle had a antique fire truck. Hope all the dads out there have a really nice day tomorrow.

  5. Judy, Your father was a handsome man. I loved reading your story of him. Thank you for sharing this. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  6. Judy,
    I enjoyed this touching and interesting tribute to your Dad, what an exceptional portrait of him too.
    My Dad fought in WWII in the infantry-when he came back he and my Mom started purchasing small parcels of land to raise potatoes on. He was a kind Father and man.

  7. Oh Judy, you stirred so many wonderful memories of my father, he sounds so much like yours. His picture is so amazing. What a world of precious memories he made for you and your family.

  8. That is a wonderful picture, Judy. What a treasure!!

  9. What a nice post and a wonderful picture! I lost my dad when I was 17 (50 years ago) and I still miss him. I remember him making fudge in an iron skillet for holidays.

  10. Your handsome dad sounds wonderful! No wonder you turned out so well! XO

  11. I had the sweetest and kindest Dad in the world. Everyone loved him. He has been gone 54 years and I still miss him.

  12. This is such a cool lucky that you still have it intact!

    Much love to you this day! :)

    Jane x

  13. Judy, you were so blessed to have such a wonderful Father. I know you miss him.

  14. Hi Judy, what a beautiful post and tribute to your dad. Love the drawing of him. I know you miss him. I miss my dad too everyday. Wishing you a blessed week ahead.
    Hugs, CM



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