May 13, 2013

My Dad, My Inspiration

We all have people in our lives who have provided us with inspiration.   My father was a true gem at inspiring everyone he met. Today would have been his 92nd birthday, and it seemed the perfect time for this post. While growing up, he encouraged us to try many things.  However, there was a house rule once you started something, you had to finish out that season, year or whatever was deemed an appropriate completion.  We were not quitters....nor were we ever allowed to quit anything.  As time went by, we entered college, some of my siblings got married and a few of us had children.  There was never a prouder moment than Dad holding his first grandchild, Christine when she was a tiny baby.  He was excited about the prospect of watching her grow and play at many different sporting activities.  He loved team sports and was captain of the baseball team at Yale University and several years after college he was the golf club champion at his local club, not once, but twice!
Club Champion 1947
When Christine and I took up running several years ago, Dad was supportive but could not understand why we would want to do that.  However, he overcame that first instinct and always asked about our races and was very supportive of this new found love of ours.

It was with great fondness that I ran the Quintiles/Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon in March, with Dad on my mind and in my heart. You see, this race took place one week before he passed away.  He was always a true champion as not only an athlete but as a wonderful person.  I've opened up with some private thoughts today, with the hope that you will treasure every moment you have with your loved ones.

(Pam)

19 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your father! Thank you for reminding us that everyday with loved ones is precious. Sending you positive thoughts and well wishes on his special day.

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    1. Thanks Karen...he was very special and sorely missed. Luckily we have lovely memories!

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  2. I'm sure he'll be so proud watching you run with the wings of an angel!

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  3. Loved reading your blog post today and hearing about your Dad. Know your carrying him right along with you on many of your running adventures...He will be near during Dopey ...I know ~
    So very sweet your words of love for your Dad....thanks for sharing... ((hugs))

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Actually, he would think we were dopey for attempting the Dopey Challenge!

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  4. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man! It is nice that you and Christine think about him during your runs. (I remember her talking about him during her Shamrock recaps ( I think it was Shamrock)). Know that he is looking down at the two of you and is so proud of what you've accomplished!

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    1. Thank you...we were so lucky to have him live such a full long life, but we still miss him.

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  5. Your Dad sounds like he was an amazing man! I know he is looking down on you with a huge smile on his face!

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    1. Thanks Mindy, I bet he is, but I also laugh thinking about how he would feel about certain things that are happening in the sporting world.

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  6. This is a great post! You're lucky to of had such an amazing father in your life!!! What a great way to carry memories of him by using him and his actions as your inspiration!!!

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    1. Thank you and yes, we definitely feel that way.

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  7. Pam your father sounds like a truly wonderful and loving father figure! I love his "no quitting" rule!! That's a great life lesson for sure! :0)

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    1. Karen, Yes, agree about the no quitting....we followed through with this as parents!

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  8. What a beautiful tribute to you Dad! What a great message he imparted on you...I'm sure he's very proud while watching you & Christine!! :)

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    1. Thank you. He was definitely one of a kind!

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  9. Your dad sounds awesome!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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