June 10, 2013

Spring forth happily...

The week that was...

Brooklyn Flea Market, Philadelphia, PA
June 3 - June 10, 2013
Project 52 (23/52)

"Our principles are the springs of our actions.
Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery.
Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles."

--Red Skelton

As Father's Day approaches, I find my dad is occupying a lot of my brain space.  He is there quite frequently, but recently even more than usual.   It will be a difficult Father's Day.  The first Father's Day since Dad passed.  But I believe it is a testament to my dad that this special day holds the significance it does for me.  I am a very lucky woman to have had a dad like my Pops.  He lead by example, and in the process taught me many principles that are now second-nature to me.  But just because they are second-nature doesn't mean they are always easy to employ.  I've had to take a few stances this past week and put some of those principles into action.  Even tho it has been difficult at times, and I didn't like doing it...I found I was happy and at peace after it was all said and done.

So thank you Dad.  You always showed me what was right, and what was wrong.  And you taught me that just because something is RIGHT, doesn't mean it's always going to be easy.  It's just going to be always RIGHT.   I'm so grateful you gave me the principles to spring forth from....happily.

I can't even count how many times I have recently been in situations where I have said or thought "I just wasn't brought up THAT way".  I love you and miss you dad.  But as you can see from my thoughts this past week, you live on in sooooo many ways.  Because SOMETIMES, you just gotta take a stance and do what is right.  You keep on springing up Pops.  Thank you.


  1. I am with you on this one, Kathy. Being a daddy's girl, as we both are, leaves a lasting hole. I miss my dad every day, especially in June, the month of his birth and death, but his influences are with me every day.
    Cyber hugs to you.

  2. So special. He sounds like he was such an amazing man!

  3. ....got to get home and visit my daddy.

  4. That is a very sweet post....you must have had a wonderful father.

  5. What a beautiful post .... father's are very special indeed .... I miss mine, too. He has been gone for 35 years!!!! I gasp whenever I think at how long that is ...

  6. So beautiful Kathy. I bet he is looking down on you with a big grin on his face. :)

  7. I'm sitting here at my son's swimming training trying to hide tears after reading this post. Those words you've written......that's really all what it's about isn't it, what a parent either standing beside you or looking from above just wants to hear, that they've 'taught' their child how to operate in this world and that their child is grateful for those lessons. Beautiful and so touching, Kathy.

  8. Oh, your Dad would be so delighted reading this, hearing your voice saying it. I'm sorry, I don't think I was aware your father had passed. I knew he was not well and that weighed heavy on you. This is a lovely tribute-and springs. That's the artist in you talking.

  9. Oh! I'm so sorry for this being the first FD without him, and yet feeling so grateful for the gift you had in a wonderful father.

  10. Kath, LOVE this shot!
    I hear you on missing your Dad. Both my parents are gone now, my Dad before my Mom. Although I was initially a "Daddy's Girl" I miss my Mom more than I can say. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her, and for you, it's your Dad. So hard to let go. But memories are what we hold dear and they do sustain us. ~Hugs~

  11. This is quite the capture! I love how the subject of springs is carried in tribute to your dad. Such a sweet remembrance. You must be blessed to remember him in such an inspiring light. Praying that your Father's Day will be filled with much love and recollection of your dad. Have a wonderful week & blessings to you!

    Allie @ Framed by God

  12. He left you with a very special gift!!

  13. Love this! A great memorial post. I know he's shining down on you and smiling everyday.

  14. Sweet post, Kathy. I know it's so very hard. I still miss my dad terribly and it has been 7 years. I ache for his reassurance often and miss his wisdom even more. Hope you find joy in his love.