21st and the 1st

 

June 21st  is always for me, a sweet day.

The first day of summer and Father’s Day.

A special day for sure, and it’s ironic that I’m posting this so late because my dad hated it when people were late!

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My dad grew up on a farm in Illinois,

 

 

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and flew P38’s over Germany in WWII.

 

He received a degree in civil engineering from The University of Illinois,

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raised 2 pretty good kids, and did a bunch of other cool stuff.

But mostly, he was a great Dad.

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Here’s a poem by Theodore Roethke that reminds me of him

 

 

My Papa’s Waltz

 

The whiskey on your breath

Could make a small boy dizzy;

But I hung on like death:

Such waltzing was not easy.

 

We romped until the pans

Slid from the kitchen shelf;

My mother’s countenance

Could not unfrown itself.

 

The hand that held my wrist

Was battered on one knuckle;

At every step you missed

My right ear scraped a buckle.

 

You beat time on my head

With a palm caked hard by dirt,

Then waltzed me off to bed

Still clinging to your shirt.

 

Theodore Roethke

 

 

Happy Father’s Day & Happy Solstice day 2015

 

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