happy father's day...

These are the eyeglasses my father wore through much of the 1970's. 
The plastic is splitting and faded.
My mother gave them to me about 20 years ago.
They sit on a shelf in my living room.
They are the spectacles through which my father watched me grow.
He watched every softball game through them.
Saw me perform years of pom pon and cheerleading routines.
Played games with me while wearing them.
Told me I looked pretty through these same glasses.
He was always looking at me through them
because my Dad was always there. 
At everything.
He wasn't wearing them by the time my daughter was born.
No, he wore new glasses when he played barbies with her.
While he built snowmen with her
and held her hand when they went for long walks.
When he told her she looked pretty.
New glasses, same man.
He still wears glasses, this man who was always there
and luckily for me, still is.
My Dad.

Wishing you all a lovely Father's Day Weekend.


Henley said...

Sounds like he is also a lucky man. To have your efforts noted and appreciated is important, simple but important. Nice tribute and incredibly cool glasses.

Maria said...

Bravo - well said. Hug him for me.
Those glasses - well - they are a testament to his sense of style, about everything, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

that's sweet!

Mary Ann said...

lovely tribute to your one and only dad! have a great weekend...verbena cottage

Beatnheart said...

Brought tears to my eyes. My papa is gone and I miss him so. I too, have his glasses...I’m going to go get them out of their stored away book and put them in a place where I can see them..Thanks J..

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Aww this is so sweet- I loved reading it and I love the idea of the importance of these eyeglasses-Have a great weekend.

Jillian said...

This was honestly one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Your dad sounds like an amazing man.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love this! I love that you kept the glasses and I loved hearing how he viewed you growing up. Lovely. xo

Jessica said...

This is such a sweet post - really, my favorite Father's Day post yet.

(Be sure to drop by and enter to win a Wendy Mink Jewelry necklace - retail value: $175!)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oooh, terrific tribute to your lovely father. Do have a wonderful Father's Day, Jeanette! xx

Cashon&Co said...

that was one of the nicest ode's i've read to a dad. really touched me. We're lucky to have such loving daddies in our lives, right? he's lucky to have an appreciative and sweet daughter like you. you tell him i said so! *wink

Reya Mellicker said...

What a beautiful photo and tribute. Wow. Glasses are so personal. I love this.

Thinking about you and your sweet dog. Sending loving energy your way. Shalom.

Unknown said...

That is such a lovely post. You are talented in so many ways, Jeanette! Thank goodness your dad got new glasses, it was well into the early 90s before we got my dad out of 70s arrow collar shirts! XO!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love the line where you say they are the glasses through which he watched me grow! Excellent!

Unknown said...

I love the specs! Lucky dad, lucky you!

koralee said...

Ahhhh such a touching post...I love it!
May your day be filled with blessings sweet one. xoxoxo

bronwyn said...

That was really lovely.

Sunshine said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dad. Love the glasses, very fashionable in the 70's.

pamela said...

very sweet and fitting. he is a funny guy, very generous, and you definitely want him on your team for a card game! can't beat him!