Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My father


Pappa. My hero. My mythical person when being a child. I grew up with my Mamma. Spent all my summers and school breaks with my father at his summer house. Our life was so different from his. Him being very simple, funny, relaxed, a bit flamboyant but at the same time to surprisingly organized. In my home it was rather strict and stiff, I would say it was the straight opposite from my Dad's laid back life style.

He always crosses his legs while sitting in his garden chair reading and smoking. Crime stories. Always a mysterious crime in his hands. His book collection is big. His home very basic. He doesn't need much. He is happy with what he's got. Never looks for extra. Or just wanting things. No, my Pappa has all he needs and that is enough.

He is handy my Dad. Always has a project on the go. It could be to re-paint the house, changing pipes or scraping window frames. Fixing a rotten plank in the fence or putting up a shelf. As much as he is a handy man he is also a handy house man. He cleans, he does the laundry, he cooks and he bakes. He is the perfect host. He is not like most men born in the 40's. He is a very independent man.

One thing I admire the most is that he never has to much on his To Do list. He just has enough. He loves the simple daily routine and I don't think he thinks of house chores as chores. He enjoys it. He is very balanced.

I once asked him how he does it. How can he find the peace to sit down and take a break to sip his coffee, smoke his few cigarettes and read his crime novels multiple times every day. How can he disconnect daily chores and To Do's? He told me he only puts down 3 things on his list every day, i.e. food shopping, clean bathrooms, fix a broken bench - things that needs to be done. He does his chores and then he is done. And when he is done he allows himself to do anything he wants, because the rest that needs to be done can wait until tomorrow. How I wish I could be like that...

He is a great man my father. A bit complicated at times, just like me, and now when growing up I have come to realize that my hero is just a human being like all of us. He drives me insane, we argue when we meet, he has his flaws and his past... He has his opinions that I don't necessarily agree with. He belongs to the older generation and like we all know - you can't teach an old dog to sit... But he still remains a hero to me.

I love him dearly, I admire him and I hope to have him for a long time in my life. He just turned 70 but rumbles around with his grand children when the time is right, takes his daily walks every day and always, always ends his day in a reading chair before going to bed. Because a bed is for sleeping, not reading - says my Pappa. I have a lot to learn from him. On Friday he will come to visit. I can't wait.

Kärlek
Annette




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26 comments :

  1. What a beautiful way in which you write about your father. I hope you have a wonderful time together on his visit xx

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  2. Ahhh Annette....what beautiful words about your Dad :) I know how you feel....I'm always so excited when I know my folks are coming for a visit

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  3. Hello Annette,
    such a sweet story about your father.
    Mine has passed away, only 64 years old.
    I think, a lot of people can learn a lot from him.
    Enjoy his visit!

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  4. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your hero with us. I think we could all learn something from him. ;) (My dad can drive me crazy at times too.lol) Enjoy your visit!

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  5. Lovely to read about you and your Pappa! Enjoy his visit!

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  6. That's a wonderful post. Enjoy your dad's visit!

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  7. Your father sounds like a wonderful man. Charming read!

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  8. Guess you're right. It sounds like he's a hero.
    Have a great time with your father ♥
    Lots of greetings. Angela

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  9. You have a wonderful father :) I did,too. Cherish the time you have with him, especially the holidays. I hope you have a wonderful visit with him! Happy Christmas!
    Deb

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  10. Our fathers are amazing--complicated--and amazing

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  11. Annette, your father knows to live !!
    Learn it from him !!!

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  12. Such a beautiful tribute to your dad Annette! The photo's look really happy!!

    Madelief x

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  13. So beautiful,thank you for sharing!

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  14. I cry! Which words are so beautiful ... your father is a great man and are very lucky to have you as a daughter. Thanks so much, Annette, for sharing this beautiful feeling.
    Kisses from Catalonia!

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  15. I think maybe you were describing my Pap's...yours and mine could be twins.
    My dear Annette, enjoy every second of every day with your Pappa when he comes...I am sure you will have an exciting time.
    A big warm hug, Heike xx

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  16. Such a beautiful post Annette. He sounds an awesome dude! I just wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and New Year. I hope that 2015 will be all that you hope it to be....as you deserve it!

    Take care my lovely xxxxxx

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  17. Have a wonderful time. He sounds delightful. X

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  18. What a lovely post about your Dad. He does sound like a worthy hero indeed, and yes, there is always something to learn from those who can be content with what they have. Enjoy his visit! :D

    S x

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  19. How sweet!
    Cherish your father is good as you can
    (mine died last year , he was 80, and I still miss him every day)


    Happy weekend with all of you together
    Brigitte from Belgium

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  20. I would love to share the same feelings for my father, but you know sometimes life is not so kind with you….
    xxxxxx enjoy the visit, Ale

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    1. I was very pleased that you and your children to enjoy its energy. Excellent image in this difficult period . Christmas greetings to you all.

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  21. Lovely, I hope you had a lot of fun when your father was visiting!

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Kärlek
Annette

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