Monday, November 15, 2010

Daddy's Girl

He cradled my entire tiny body in his big strong hand as he reached out to greet me. The first words I heard from him was, " Well ,would ya look there??? She's a real farmer..... why, she's already milkin' and spreadin ' manure!!!" This Ozark Farm Chick was the firstborn and the only boy my Daddy would ever have. Mama loved dressin' her perfect precious baby girl satiny dresses piled with poofy layers of ruffles and lace but Daddy clothed me in cowboy outfits and countrified bibbed overalls. He showered me in cap-guns, cowboy boots, cowboy hats and yes, even my own pony. Later on he taught me how to fish amazin' him by casting both left and right handed. Heck, I could even cast upside down which always put a big old smile on his face. This was a man who wasn't big on affectionate hugs, kisses or sweet sappy words but if he liked ya~ you knew it, he would shower you with gifts and look out baby if he loved ya 'cause restraint was not in his vocabulary.

Daddy had a bit of an ornery streak in him that ran through his whole lifetime. As a boy he once told his sister he was gonna buy the little one room High Point School he attended when he grew up and burn it to the ground. Bein' as ornery as a cornered banded bull he in fact, did just that! We had a little old spinster neighbor lady who called late one cold December evening in a panic fearin' that Dad's hayfield was ablaze. As it turned out, it was just the aura of the red Christmas lights that adorned the old well house the prankster decorated in the middle of the big pasture. My best friend and I were chewin' buttons the cold snowy mornin' the jokester decided to try out his new four wheel drive pick up as he drove straight over the steep hill our house rested on instead of takin' the gravel road 'round the hill. Squeals streaked from my children as he chased them around his house snappin' his false teeth in his hands sayin, "I'm gonna bite you!!!" He once took my son to Charlie's Country Store in Filly to get any bottle of soda pop he wanted. Seein' three year old Geek Son 'round the corner with a liter of orange pop as big as he was totally cracked Dad up and of course bought the colossal thing. He initiated my DIL into the family with a WalMart bag filled with the most realistic rubber black snake ya'll have ever seen grinnin' that grin and sayin', " Here, I bought something for ya!"


He's the one who taught me how to saddle and ride a horse and make snow igloos. The one who showed me why you don't shoot a shot gun strait up in the air. Yep folks, he got a big belly laughin' hoot outta that one! He taught me how to drive a car and the control the big tractor after I ran it into the only truck in the wheat field. I received loads of Dad advice like, always carry enough money to get home when ya go out on a date and never look at anything after you've already purchased it. Helpful things like it doesn't cost any more to run a car full than it does empty. How to stand in front of runnin' cattle turnin' them into the workin' pen and even how to jump those corral panels if necessary. He taught me about castration, vaccination and dehorning the wild eyed bovine critters. Even as he walked me down the isle on my weddin' day to marry the man of my dreams ( or as Dad called him, "that long haired hippie guy") he was sayin', "it's not too late my little chicklett....you can still back out. That long haired hippie became the father of his grandchildren, son and treasured confident.

Mom and Dad moved from their Missouri farm in Stockton to Brownsville, Texas where Dad no longer had to feed cattle in the ice and snow. This is where Dad began his long battle with leukemia and many other forms of cancers. Shocking his doctors by surviving impossible odds time and time again, Hubby and I often called him Timex..."takes a lick and keeps on tickin'! He lost this battle the middle of October. He will live on through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This little great-grandson dude is Dad incarnate. When Joel was born Hubby called him 'Little Bill' and when he gets that ornery gleam in his eye and grins that familiar grin I can see my Daddy. Dad was a lover of the Grand Ole Opry that I often heard echo from his bedroom on the Saturday nights of my youth. Kinda like Red Sovine who hung out with the likes of Minnie Pearl, Charlie Pride and Hank Williams. Daddy fed on Sovine's truck drivin' hit's like Teddy Bear, Cryin in the Chapel and Lay Down Sally but I long to belt out Red's 1974 hit song 'Daddy's Girl' loud and strong.




You will be missed but this Ozark Farm Chick will forever be 'Daddy's Girl'!!!

117 comments:

  1. He sounds like a wonderful man, Nezzie! This was a beautiful post. :)

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  2. Your daddy sounds like an amazing man. Just think, one day, his great grandson will be a man, and from the sound of it, just as wonderful as he was.

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  3. What a wonderful, moving tribute to your Dad...
    Timex ah?
    Glad your little Joel is a perfect image of him and will remind you all of this great Man.
    May his soul rest in Peace!

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  4. Oh Nezzy, what a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. You were sure blessed to have an amazing father such as he was. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Such a heart-warming tribute to your daddy and what a sweet song.

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  6. Such a sweet post. I am so sorry that you lost your daddy. ((HUGS))

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  7. Again, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dadddy's passing. It is hard to say goodbye to our parents--but it sounds like you have wonderful memories to remember.
    As a former "Daddy's girl," I too have great memories to remember.
    Keep him in your heart and that is where he will stay.

    Thanks for your get well wishes--Ken is doing a fine job taking care of me.

    Melinda

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  8. Nezzie, this is a wonderful tribute because it shows so many funny and tender scenes and I can see how loved and important to family that your daddy was.

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  9. So many good things you learned from your dad! I would love to hear about your adventures of learning how to drive a car and how not to shoot straight up in the air! Precious that his desire for life kept him going strong. I'm sorry that you had to say goodbye for now but I know you'll see him again!

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  10. What a wonderful father. I wish he'd been mine. Mine was never around much and I guess I took it personally because a kid will do that. I'm sorry for your father's passing.

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  11. Lovely, lovely tribute to your Daddy. With all that he taught you, how could you not feel him around you when you do everything in life that needs doing. Chasing butterflies ... lol
    Hugs
    Yvette

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  12. Blessings, hugs, and prayers,
    andrea

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing your precious sweet memories of your dad. You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful dad.

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  14. I loved reading about your dad. This is such a wonderful tribute, Nezzy-style --no other way would do!

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  15. Nezzie what a lucky gal you were to have such a wonderful,loving and fun dad! You did a lovely job honoring him! Traci

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  16. What a wonderful tribute to your dad. I was also my daddy's little boy,he even called me "Pete" and a lot of the things you said brought back memories of my dad. I think most of the old true land loving farmers all had the same ideas no matter where they lived.
    Thanks for the memories and have a blessed day.

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  17. Oh Nezzy, this whole post just flows with how much you loved your daddy and how much he loved you. I know you must feel a horrible loss. I'm glad you have such good memories to help you through.

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  18. Ahhh, that is the best tribute to a dad...he sounds like a great guy! Thanks for sharing something so dear to your heart..loved it! :D

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  19. I was enjoying the story so much that I didn't see it coming. So sad for your loss of a wonderful father. Your marvelous memories will make you smile forever remembering!

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  20. Such a beautiful, touching tribute to your Daddy. I'm so sorry for your loss, Nezzy. Hugs to you.

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  21. Beautiful story. Such a lovely tribute to a wonderful man.
    You....are the living tribute.
    HUGS

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  22. OMG Nezzy, you are a brilliant writer. I can see your father, I can see you with your cap guns, your overalls and the manure...teeeheee! WOW, you are something else dearest. I love your writing and you bring ALIVE a world I know nothing about. Our daddies all had special and wonderful foibles, didn't they? At the alter when he was giving me away, my father did not respond to the question, "WHO GIVES AWAY THIS WOMAN?" The preacher reminded him of his cue and daddy said, "I'm thinking about it!" RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF ALL OF GOD'S PEOPLE! Beautiful post, and your daddy will forever live in the memories of all those he has touched. Anita

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  23. great memories.
    I need to remember that "spreadin ' manure" idea with my grandkids.
    all the best

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  24. Your posts are a joy to read Nezzy even in time of sadness -- you are a wonderful writer! This was a great read about your daddy - I felt like I was sitting right there listening to you tell us a story..... Blessings....

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  25. I am so sorry for your loss.. He sounds like a one of kind that was never dull to be around.. I hope you find many comforts in your memories and that he had overcome so many obstacles before being called home....

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  26. This a a beautiful post worthy of tears (mine and I'm sure the other readers). I am so sorry he passed. I hate that for you.

    Your grandson looks so much like him, doesn't he?

    Blessings and comfort are being prayed for you.

    Teresa

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  27. What an amazing man - you were so blessed and so lucky. Thrilled for you.

    sandie

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  28. For a farm girl, you're a great writer and pretty good at making people get all teary eyed! Truly I am so sorry, Nezzie, your love for each other was STRONG! My favorite pictures are the first one (your parents were just babies!) and the last joyful one! This is a wonderful tribute to your dad to let everyone know who he was, first and FOREMOST a wonderful father full of devotion, humor, the love of life, and the love of his family. He has given you strength, knowledge, and love.

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  29. What a wonderful tribute to your father. So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I've never heard this song before, but I love it! Brought tears to my eyes. Before our first daughter was born my husband thought he wanted a boy. Well after he met her in the delivery room he just melted, his girls are his world and they love their Daddy so much. Thank you for sharing.
    Many Blessings to you!
    Jill

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  30. This is such a sweet post; it brought tears to my eyes. I know you do treasure your memories; you are such a luck woman to have had such a realationship with your father.

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  31. But a beautiful tribute for your Daddy - he would be so proud of you. My heart aches for you as you miss your Daddy...

    Hugs Nezzy...

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  32. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing Nezzy. You have created a wonderful tribute to him. It sounds like you were the apple of his eye. You write with such feeling and have such a talent. How about a book someday?
    You take care my friend. I miss my Dad too. He passed away 3 years ago and it feels like yesterday.
    Big Hugs to you,
    Cindy

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  33. Oh Nezzy, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. You have written a beautiful tribute to him. It's easy to see the loving relationship you shared. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead.

    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  34. What a touching tribute to your father... In pictures and words, your recollection is so heartfelt and candid and the essence of the sentiments here can be so easily related to by all of us girls who love their dad...
    Beautiful...
    xo

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  35. Nezzy...you and your Daddy is what it's all about. Your love for him shines so bright in this post! It's wonderful.

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  36. My sincerest of sympathies for the loss of your father. What wonderful memories you have of him. I always feel like they are really never gone when we hold them close in our hearts like that. You will always be your Daddy's girl. The circle of life keeps on keeping on and as long as we tell the stories they are right there with us.

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  37. What a wonderful tribute. I am sooo sorry for your loss. You did lose an amazing man in your life but that he was in you life is such a blessing.
    I do see the resemblence between the super proud dad in the first picture and his
    mini-him grandson. Good to know those wonderful genes are continuing in the grandson as they do in you.

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  38. What a great guy!!! Thanks for sharing your treasured memories with us.

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  39. I was daddys girl to. the biggest difference is my daddy wanted me to be a girl and i wanted to be a boy, i even prayed to turn into one until i was about 8 and realized it was not going to happen. i loved cap-guns, cowboy boots, cowboy hats and WANTED a pony. Daddy finally gave in and called me Sam, mother said no and they settled on Samar and that was my nickname until they died. my hubby calls me that in public and people go WHO? I still would like to be a boy, oh well

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  40. Oh how I miss my Dad....... This was a wonderful tribute to your father..... Little girls and their dads......... Thanks for sharing.......

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  41. Hi Nezzy, What an awesome tribute to your Dad. He sounds like such a fun guy..I think you may have his sense of humor and his smile..and maybe the twinkle in his eye too!
    What good fun memories you have of him, wrap them around you like a warm quilt to comfort you when you need it.
    The reunion in heaven will be worth the wait my friend. I am sending you a hug! :)

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  42. There are so many moving and tender tidbits in this post. This is a wonderful story of your dad and what kind of relationship you had with him. It makes me cry for what I personally did not have but it makes me jump for joy for what you did have and will always have to remember. Hugs to you for this sweet post.

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  43. Wonderful tribute to Dad...Sounds like he was a terrific part of all your lives...

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  44. nezzy such a poignant tribut, Dad's are so special!

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    Karena

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  45. As the father of two girls now grown, this really hits home with me. The memories I have with and of them will last me a lifetime. And I can only imagine the stories they'll tell about me when I'm gone.

    It sure sounds like your dad was the greatest. He taught you well, and you came away with a lot of talents. That line, "Well ,would ya look there??? She's a real farmer..... why, she's already milkin' and spreadin ' manure!!!" It's a classic.

    And thanks for the song. I never heard it before, but like your story, it hits home too. I'm gonna save it.

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad, but the memories he left you obviously bring a smile to your face. God bless you.

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  46. He sounds amazing!!! I'm so sorry for you loss but you are right, he lives on. xoxo
    SC

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  47. What a wonderful tribute to your dad; so nice to share your sweet memorires with us. Thank you for visiting me; sorry, it has been a long time since I was here to read your always intersig posts.
    Sending you a hug.
    Rita

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  48. Oh Nezzy....you must have had tears of joy and sadness as you wrote this post...how lucky you were to have the dad of your dreams...remember him always just as you wrote about him here....Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all of your family....

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  49. Awwww, now you got me all teary-eyed. I loved reading this tribute to your dad, and the song was a perfect ending.

    What wonderful memories you have of him!

    =)

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  50. What a beautifully written tribute! Just beautiful.

    Hugs,
    Kat

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  51. My heart is in my throat and tears and in my eyes Nezzy. This is a beautiful tribute that would make your Daddy proud. How wonderful it is that you've been so loved by such a wonderful man.
    xoxoxo jj

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  52. Oh sweet Nezzy, my eyes welled up as I read your beautiful tribute to you dear dad. I'm so very sorry he's gone. I lost my dad three years ago. I was a daddy's girl too, and your beautiful words about your dad, just touched my heart, and brought some of my own memories rushing to the surface. I hope our dads are friends up there somewhere, lookin down on their forever "little girls"!
    Sending you a big hug, xoxo Paulette

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  53. Ah girl, I feel your pain. With tears in my eyes I give you a big ol' hug and offer up a prayer to the Lord above to not let your daddy get into too much mischief in heaven. Heaven help us if he hooks up with my own daddy.

    You are right. Our parents do live on through our children and grandchildren and on and on. This was a wonderful tribute to a person who was obviously a wonderful man - your dad.

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  54. Ohhh, Nezzy, beautiful & loving moments of memories. How this brings tears to my eyes, the love so brilliant in each word.

    Your pictures are just precious ...

    Your Daddy be careful upstairs, my Mother is running a mean game of Pinochle.

    Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving holiday ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  55. you dad sounds like he was a wonderful man and lots of fun to be around.

    3 more weeks to go. :)

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  56. Nezzy, He sounds like the type that God broke the mold when he made him!
    And I'm a daddy's girl too! Fishing buddy and all that! And after reading this, I'm going to go hug my dad tonight!
    God Bless you!

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  57. Aw, what sweet, sweet memories you have of your daddy. Thanks for sharing him with us, Nezzy.

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  58. Such a warm and loving post, Nezzy. He sounds like a very special man. I lost my dad 13 years ago at the ripe old age of 98. I still miss him and still get mad that he didn't live to be 100. He loved to argue/debate and I never let him down. Can't begin to tell you how much I miss that banter.
    Your post is a wonderful tribute to your father written in that special way you have with words.
    Thanks for sharing him with us.
    Fondly, Joanne

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  59. Oh Nezzy! You made me cry! What a beautiful post and tribute your sweet dad. Aren't beautiful memories so precious?

    THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful Daddy with us!

    xoxo
    Karyn

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  60. Beautiful tribute to your Dad. And I loved seeing the old photos - especially you in the itty bitty overalls!

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  61. What an incredible tribute. Sending you hugs and prayers and thanks for sharing these lovely memories.

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  62. Nezzy, what an absolutely beautiful walk down memory lane with you. Your daddy sounds like he was a bunch of fun. You must miss him terribly. I'll pray for you, friend.

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  63. Sweet, special tribute. Your son is so lucky to be compared to this lovely man. And, as you know, you're so lucky to have both as a part of your story. Thank you for sharing.

    My heart goes out to you.

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  64. What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. I absolutely loved it. I was a Daddy's Girl but he had a son I had to share privileges with. I was the eldest and adopted. I loved children so much, after he and Mom had by brother, he adopted another child, a girl.

    I never knew the difference. We were all quite different bu loved equally in so far as I ever determined.

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  65. What wonderful memories of your dad, thanks for sharing!

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  66. Awwwww.....Dad's are the best!

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  67. Beautiful post & tribute to you 'awesome' dad!!! Love the story and pictures so very much today!!! :-)

    Blessings & HUGS,
    Coreen

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  68. This is such a sweet tribute to your father. I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was an amazing man and father! He'll continue to live on through the stories you tell about him to your children and grandchildren!

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  69. There's much in the world that you can't explain.
    It's revealed for you to remember
    by the whispering voice of a distant train
    or a midnight rain in november.

    Horizon within! You can always find
    the keys to Enigma. Let's mention
    one basic Truth: of spirited Mind
    Is Nature naught but extension.

    Internal expanses! In dreams, ridden
    by fear and longing you roam
    that deep Southeast in your soul hidden
    ...on your random journey back home.

    Single Swingle

    Casualidad sopla la sangre
    de alguno señor desconocido
    durante los pocos restantes
    momentos del resplandor de faroles

    que se vislumbran tras el follaje
    flameando de las obsesiónes
    igual efimero como gotas
    del cinzano de la soledad –

    En aquel tiempo me levanta
    dentro uno incidente avejentado
    que en seguida palidece
    al camouflaje de abstraccion;

    chica, nadie conoce que tus grisos
    ojos significan aún; con todo
    el sueño que hube evacuado
    tu escudriñas nuevamente.

    My Spanish poetry!


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  70. That was such a wonderful touching post!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  71. An unbelievable tribute to your father! Just lovely!

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  72. Howdy Daddy's Girl
    Oh Nezzy you sweetheart .I don't think anyone ever summed it up better than you have .
    I am sad for your time to be at a pause but of course I am glad that you were and always will be Daddy's Girl :)
    Gee I hope you can read this the tears are streaming down my face as I type .
    You are so amazing Nezzy .
    Thank you for this beautiful post .
    What a rich heritage of love !
    May God bless you sweet Daddy's Girl today and all the days yet to come .
    Big Hgus from Texas
    Until next time
    Happy Trails

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  73. Hi!
    Thank you for the comment you left on my blog honoring my Veteran hubster!

    What an awesome blog honoring your Daddy! And how great that you got to share so much of your adult life with him. My Daddy passed away when I was just 21 and a young Mother. Oh how I wish he could have shared the joy my sons, and now my three grandbabies, are bringing to me. And, the great life that my "long haired hippy" has provided for our family over the past 40 years! We are all so blessed with blessings of different varities!!

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  74. Boy are you BLESSED! Thank you for sharing your Dad's amazing strengths and love in such a moving post. I am sorry that he's no longer here with you but have no doubt you'll see him n his pranks again in heaven. You help me to appreciate my hubby's antics with our crazy kids. My own father was not as silly and I was not a Daddy's Girl but am delighted my daughter IS! (I can imagine hubby sayin sumthin bout long haired hippies too!)
    hugs,
    Leslie

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  75. Nezzy, very nice post and tribute. Thank you too for your kind words of support and insight. Blessings to you dear one.

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  76. Oh Nezzy, what a wonderful daddy you were given! And that song blessed my heart so much. I would have given anything to have had the attention that your father gave you. Men like him are heroes for sure.

    Thank you too for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment and for also popping over to encourage my daughter on her blog. It was so sweet and giving of Y♥U to take the time.

    ♥Lee Ann

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  77. You are so blessed to have been left so many positive happy memories of your dear beloved father... your daddy! Beautiful post. Hugs. Tammy

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  78. Well, it's very easy to see where you get your wit and charm from, my dear. What a blessing-- your relationship. So many of us can only live vicariously through others in this department, so I am very happy for you. I wish I had known your dad.

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  79. What a beautiful man. Those pictures are lovely. As you know, my mother recently died of leukemia too. It sounds like your dad was a lot like my mom--full of fun and life and good lessons. How lucky we were to have them!

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  80. What a sweet tribute to a wonderful father.
    Lovely post!
    Hugs, Ann

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  81. What an amazing father you had! This was a beautiful tribute. Hugs on your incredible loss, but keep relishing your wonderful memories.

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  82. your father sounds like quite the amazing man...sorry for your loss and glad you have such wondrful memories to keep you warm...

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  83. LOL, I love the post, and that first paragraph made me laugh. I can see where you get your wonderful sense of humour from. May you always remember the good times.
    *kisses* HH

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  84. Hi Nezzy girl! First I am so sorry for your lose. We are our Daddy's girls aren't we? What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. He sounds like someone I would have loved to meet. Wonderful memories you have of him. There are days when you will really miss him I know no matter how much time has passed. There are days that I so wish I could ask Dad about something. He was a farm boy too and not smart in books but he knew so much about everything and could fix or build anything.
    You Daddy sounds like he was a corker. LOL!
    Take care,
    Lona

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  85. So sorry to hear about your loss. But it sounds to me as if he is alive and kickin in all the lives he affected!

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  86. What a wonderful tribute to your daddy! I am so sorry for your loss. My dad had three girls and he still refers to me as his baby. I am sure you will cherish your memories of him forever.

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  87. I think your dad would chuckle at this blog entry and beam with pride. He certainly lives on through your writing.

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  88. Tears in my eyes here. Loved this beautiful tribute to your Dad. I am thankful to still have my Dad, but haven't seen him in over 5 years. He lives in Atlanta and I'm in Vegas. I have me a plane ticket to visit Dad for Thanksgiving, and I couldn't be more excited. Reading this just makes my anticipation all the more meaningful. Love your blog and look forward to reading much more.
    Thank you!
    Terri

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  89. What an absolutely beautiful memoir....and such precious pictures to go along with it. :)

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  90. Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful man. You are truly blessed with such great memories. Thanks for sharing them :-)

    ~Ron

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  91. Hi again Nezzy!

    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful Dad!
    Such great memories.

    Many thanks too for stopping by!

    XOXO Lola:)

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  92. I am sorry for your loss. What a nice tribute you wrote in your Father's honor.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  93. HI Nezzy! This was such a sweet story about your Daddy! I was a Daddy's girl too! My Daddy's been in Heaven since December 1997 and I still miss him.
    Thank you for popping in to see me and
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  94. I SO adore looking at old photos. Thanks you sharing a precious memory. You favor your beauitful mama though.

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  95. That was a beautiful tribute to your dad, Nezzy. I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful dad.

    ((hugs)) to you, sweet lady.

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  96. Hey precious! THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT! I am so tired, I started parent conferences yesterday and went on til 8:00PM! HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! Anita

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  97. What a beautiful tribute! Just wanted to say thanks for the lovely compliment you left on my blog and I'll be back to visit, for sure. Cheers!

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  98. Hello- Just had to pop in and see what's going on in your world after you left your sweet comment and mentioned Mo.
    Your daddy sounds like a dandy man. My daddy was born and bred in Mo, too. Alton, MO in Oregon CO. That's way south, smack dab in the middle of the state, 8 miles from the Ark line as the crow flies. (23 by road)
    Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things in life, and I'm just grateful that's it's not forever. The first events after they have moved on are the hardest for sure, but just because you can't see him, doesn't mean he's not there. And with his attitude and determination, I am sure he will make himself known. And when it comes your time to move on, he'll be standing there, fishing pole in hand, saying- "come on, I found a big hole up here".
    He may have lost the battle with cancer, but he won his race. You're living proof that he was a success. You're the best thing he ever did.
    Hugs- Tete

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  99. What great memories you have, Nezzy!

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  100. What a BEAUTIFUL post! And my grampa used to chase me with his false teeth. Good times! Good times!

    Enjoy your weekend as well!

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  101. This was a beautiful post. You will always miss him, but you will never be without him. xoxo

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  102. I am so sorry to hear about your father. But what wonderful memories you have of him. And part of him will live on through you.
    Hugs to you dear friend.

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  103. A beautiful post indeed! Right from the heart. Well done! {{hugs}}

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  104. I'm so glad I stopped by today to read your post. This is a wonderful tribute to your dad.
    He had some very wise advice and created a very talented daughter.
    ;)

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  105. Thank you so much, for wishing me well, with my Blogger *issues*! Thank you!!!

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  106. Sooo sweet...what a lovely daughter you are.

    Hugs and love...I always love reading your posts. xoxoxo

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  107. Hey Farm Chick...I reckon your Daddy is with you in Spirit and watching over you all!!! Blessings for you and your family...Dzintra♥x

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  108. Aww... Nezzy honey...what a wonderful tribute to your daddy!
    Enjoy your day and hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  109. What a great story about your Daddy. My husband, who was raised on a farm, laughed out loud when I read to him the first thing your daddy said when he saw you. :) A great tribute to your daddy. :)

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  110. YOu were so blessed to have a dad like that . Have a wonderful holiday season.

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  111. This is what life and death and everything in between is all about - the little moments, the big moments; the laughs and the sorrows; the memories that we make and leave to our loved ones.

    Your Daddy sounds like a tough guy - burning the schoolhouse down (!) and a hoot, too. But I can tell he was also a softie who loved his little girl: "it's not too late my little chicklett....you can still back out."

    Beautiful tribute, Nezzy, and the photo of you in overalls is priceless! And please...don't let Little Bill burn down his schoolhouse!

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  112. What a wonderful tribute to your Dad! I read this with a smile, thinking how much he sounds like my Dad. My Dad was also a farmer and a real prankster. He also loved his kids! I think these two would have gotten along great!

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  113. Hi! The childhood, that luminous grass land of our life. God bless you Nezzy!!! :)

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  114. So your wonderful daddy turned you into one Gutsy woman. No wonder you learned so much about cattle, and castration and other farm stuff. My daddy taught me about life in Africa.

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  115. What a beautiful post...brought tears to my eyes...Thanks for sharing memories of your dad with us((hugs))

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  116. I wanted to comment again on this post. One particular saying of your dad's has stuck with me and that is the one where he said it didn't cost any more to keep a car full as it did to keep it empty. I've been taking that to heart and every time my car gets to 3/4 full I fill it back up. Even though I never knew your dad he is now making an impact on my life as well ;). I did want to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year filled with peace, prosperity, happiness and health. Happy New Year!

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