The Best Gift – A DAD!!!!

June 14, 2008 at 11:36 pm 11 comments

Paula Tobias by Paula Tobias

The best gift I ever gave my girls, I gave to them 31 years ago this coming Tuesday June 17th 1977. I married their Father

It must be very difficult being a father. I only truly appreciated mine after I had children of my own. Lost him when I thought I was going to lose my husband 6 years ago.

So on this Father’s Day I’d like to remind you to take a moment and remember all the men in your life who have been like Father’s to you and thank them.
Father’s Day Quotes:

Margaret Truman:
It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home – it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.
Knights of Pythagoras:
A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.

Charles Wadsworth:
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

Kent Nerburn :
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. muley  |  June 15, 2008 at 1:11 am

    …….a very, very happy annivesary to you and Frank.

  • 2. renee dore  |  June 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks Paula, I didn’t realize you were also enduring the loss of your father 6 years when we first met.

    My father died when I was four- he was 44. So I never had the opportunity to know him or remember much. He was a handsome Italian man who came from Italy. He liked to fish and play the accordian and worked at the steel plant ( having first worked in the coal mines of Kentucky). My mom was left a widow at 32 and she had me to raise alone up here in Lorain. I remember her telling me that he would always wear a white shirt to the dinner table on Sunday afternoons.
    I had a wonderful, fun, hard-working step-father who I miss very much! I was lucky that he treated me as if I was his own child. He was my buddy. How fortunate we were to have been loved and cared for by these wonderful men. It wasn’t easy for them but they were always there- no matter what.
    That was a gift from God.

  • 3. Paula  |  June 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks Muley! Everyday is a gift.

    Renee, sorry for your loss at such a young age. I’m glad your Other Father was there for you. When we met 6 years ago it was one of those Life Defining Moments, changes you forever, thankfully I gained so much from it. Thanks again for your care and concern during that time.

    Enjoy the day everyone, it’s a perfect Father’s Day.

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Paula you share the same wedding anniversay as my mum 🙂

  • 5. denise caruloff  |  June 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Thinking of fathers today…i have been so saddened at the loss of Tim Russert…but more so, I am thinking of Big Russ (his father)
    and how he must be feeling of the loss of his dear son Tim.
    I imagine he is asking God today (as a request for fathers day), to take him now.
    I went yesterday to Barnes and Nobles to get Tims’ Books, but they had been sold out the first 30 minutes of hearing of Tims death. I understand the 2nd book re: fathers and stories from people like you and I is quite an amazing and emotional read. Ihope to find a copy soon. What a great fathers day gift for someone to had been able to give to their dad.

  • 6. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 15, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks for that Denise and I played the CD this morning yiou sent last year for me and started my crying all over again… Ghost Riders ….I gotta stop this. but you were in my thoughts 🙂 and then I saw your post so once again thank you

  • 7. Henery  |  June 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    An early Happy Anniversary to you and Frank, Paula! And a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads! I’m gonna celebrate by going to my kids ballgames at Campana Park, and helping coach my daughter’s game. Ain’t nuttin’ better, in my book.

    Oh, ya know what, Paula? I was 10 when you and your hubby got hitched. Time flies, huh?

  • 8. Bill Sturgill  |  June 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I think the only thing better than being a Dad is being a Grampa. My grandaughter Marrisa is 7 and yesterday she made me a card and signed her name, and drew a picture for me. I will keep it the rest of my life.
    I miss my Dad every day, but luckily I look so much like him I look in the mirror and see him all the time. My Dad raised me and my brothers since I was 10 years old by himself. In fact I lived about a block from Renee.
    My dad was the kind of person that never gave you all you wanted, but seen to it that you had the things you needed. I just wish I could say I love you to him one more time. I’m glad he lived long enough to see all my grandchildren.

    Happy Fathers Dad from Bill Sturgill

  • 9. Paula  |  June 15, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    10 in Dog years.
    That equals 70… ;0

    Always thought you were an “Old Soul”..

    Happy Father’s Day H you are one of the best Dad’s I know.

  • 10. Paula  |  June 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    ” I just wish I could say I love you to him one more time”…

    You just did Bill.

    I believe they’re watching over us. And every time we love someone else we are carrying on their tradition of love.

  • 11. denise caruloff  |  June 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Ghost riders in the sky….i love that rendition that i gave you Loraine.
    Makes ya wanna rumba or salsa…or somethin…yeah,its the salsa..and tortilla chips…the rumba comes after you ate too many…lol..

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