Today is April 14th, it would have been my dad's 84 birthday....but instead it is a day I am going to remember the special times I had with my dad during my 55(56 tomorrow) year tenure as his daughter. I hope you will bear with me. You see...I was due on the 14th too. My dad was working across the state of Florida in Ft. Myers. He took the day off on the 14th to be there when I made my arrival....alas, nothing happened. My mom did not even have a twinge...all day. Now, 55 years ago they were not quite so quick to induce labor so your child could be born on a given day...nope...things were done the old fashioned way....you waited. Very early in the morning, on April 15th, my dad got up, got dressed, and left for Ft. Myers. Before he walked out the door, he asked my mom if she was feeling alright. She told him she had never felt better. (oops...today we would know that as a warning sign, especially when she got up and began cleaning the apartment.) We only had one car back in those days....and my dad was in it. At 8:00 a.m., my mom had to call a cab, her water had just broken. My dad had just arrived on his job site in Ft. Myer. The taxi came, saw my mom and was a bit nervous...it seems that just the week before he had made the paper because he had delivered a baby in the very same backseat my mom was sitting in. Would the fates be that cruel again? My mom assured him she was just going to visit a friend in the hospital....and would he drop her off at the emergency room...so she did not have to climb the stairs. He was so sweet....and after I was born....sent my mom a blanket for me. My dad on the other hand...who had driven all the way to Ft. Myers....turned around and headed home. I was born shortly after he arrived. He told me from the moment he held me and I wrapped my hand around his finger....I also wrapped my hand around his heart. He and I were one. Kids are like that....yeah we are! Today is especially tough for me so if you don't mind would you keep me in your prayers today. This is the first birthday that my dad and I haven't celebrated since 1954....and I am struggling. This day will pass...I know that....and next year will be easier. God bless you all today! Hug your daddys if you can....if not just hug someone. It might be the only hug they get all day!
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.