A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance

Monday, November 5, 2007

Make my bed and light the light, I'll arrive late tonight, blackbird, bye, bye

For the past couple of days I've been going through all my photos and scanning good ones of my dad. Jenni is going to put together a video for his memorial service on December 2nd. She does an amazing job with videos so I'm really happy that she will have the time to do this for us. We're going to use three songs: Chicago by Frank Sinatra - because Dad loved his home town of Chicago and totally loved Frank Sinatra. Then My Blue Heaven which I wrote about in a previous post. And finally Bye, Bye Blackbird which was one of his favorites. Any time he would hear it he'd start snapping his fingers and singing. Even my kids always smile when they hear that song and say, "Hey, that's Gramps song!"

I have photos that I took from my Mom's house when she passed away, plus boxes of photos that I've taken over the last gazillion years, and all my digital photos from the past four years. I was concerned that it would make me sad to go through all these and see my Dad at various stages of his life. But it hasn't. If anything, it's made me happy about all the good times we had and has brought back some wonderful memories. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite photos.

At a winery in Napa

Riding a tricycle to entertain thekids

Not sure where this was, but I love the photo

Hanging off a cable car

During his car commercial days

At Shaw's Crab House on his 81st birthday.


Scoobers said...

That is a great song and that is a GREAT picture of your dad on the tricycle! I love it.

Catheroo said...

How cute is your dad in those photos?! Jenni's tribute video will be fantastic. I've seen her work :-) I am glad going through these photos is therapeutic for you.

MMrussianadoption said...

what a great tribute. I love the black and white. we get to see him as a young man.

Desert Diva said...

Your dad seemed like the kind of guy who embraced and loved life. What a wonderful way that you and Jenni are working on for his tribute!

Fleur de Lisa said...

I can see a great love of life that just exudes from him in his pictures. And I can't help but adore any grownup that would ride a tricycle! You're dad's a treasure. :-)

A Special Family said...

I am sure it will be a beautiful tribute. I adore stories of your Dad, my own Dad died when I was a child and my Grandfathers before I was 2, so it is really nice to share in your history.

ira said...

I love all the pics you've put up. I lost my grand parents three years back. I wrote a post about their life a few weeks after it. It almost scares me sometimes when I cant recall little details about them.
There could be no better way to keep them alive, than by writing about them.
take care...

Jenni said...

I have that photo of Gramps on the tricycle hanging up in my classroom. I just love it.