And it is also Father's Day!! I am going to post a couple of pictures of my dear father who has been gone many years. Dad was such a hard working man - he and Mom both worked so hard to raise my siblings and me. Here is a picture that I had never seen until a few years ago. It is so precious to me - there are hardly any photos of Dad at that time and not many of Jo and Bud. I was the first grandchild in Peoria so there are lots of pictures of me.
Jo is sitting on the left , Dad holds Bud and I am on the right. Another thing that is amazing is that Dad wore white pants. I am sure he got all dressed up to come to my grandparents' home since that is where the picture is taken. There are a lot of other ones that were taken that day, but this is the only one with him.
This is the way I remember my dad a lot. He did a lot of hunting and fishing - and we ate what he caught!! I was not crazy about wild duck but you ate what was presented by your mom! I am sure the reason Dad is beaming is that he probably has the limit that day. The next step would be to dress the ducks. I can still see him in the kitchen with a washtub, pulling the feathers off the ducks and putting them in the tub. Then I seem to remember Mom lighting some newspaper and singeing the pinfeathers, etc., off the carcass. A mess, but the ducks coming out of Mom's oven were always beautiful - even if I didn't care for them. I only liked the little legs that were moister than the rest of the meat.
So on this Father's Day, I think of my Dad with so much love and look back on my childhood with happy memories and a feeling of love and security, thanks to my dear parents. Being poor and not having a lot of
"things" just isn't that bad! And I am also thinking of my Ray, who was a great dad, also!! He would have been so thrilled with the three little great grandkiddies! He adored little ones.