Saturday, June 17, 2006

Father's Day, part 2

So, since it's Father's day, I think I should put in a word for Cliff.  We married, and he told me he'd raised all the kids he wanted to, already (he had been the oldest kid at home, and was often pressed into service to babysit his younger siblings).

I won't tell you how it happened, but I sorta tricked him into becoming a daddy the first time.  And our baby boy cried constantly.  Just when I felt like I couldn't take another minute of the noise, Cliff would fire up my dad's garden tractor (we own that Sears lawn tractor now, thanks to my lovely sister) and he'd haul Jimmy around on it until he went to sleep.

And when that baby became a toddler, if we needed something from town (I never drove) Cliff would take baby Jimmy along, asking him, "Do you want to go to the store, Bunky?"

Jimmy would say, "Tor Bunky?" and climb into the pickup.  Boy, I appreciated the break so much.

Cliff didn't want kids when we married.  But he sure did love the ones he fathered.  He still talks about how good it felt when our little girl hugged him, and patted his shoulder... at the age of six months.

Happy Father's Day, Love of my Life.  I'm so glad I still have you with me.

11 comments:

lanurseprn said...

What a lovely entry.  I do hope Cliff reads this!
Pamela

tendernoggle said...

Oh, Donna, I hope you two are together for 40 more years!!!!
love yall both,
Carlene

am4039 said...

I bet you and Cliff are just wonderful parents.

marainey1 said...

Happy Father's Day to Cliff from me also!  Enjoy your day together !  'On Ya'- ma

siennastarr said...

This entry got me teary...  short but sweet, Mosie..

Happy Father's Day Cliff.... may you live to celebrate many many more!!

Hugs
Jackie

mumma4evr said...

Happy Father's Day, cliff!
Becky

sugarsweet056 said...

Have a great day!
Sug

firestormkids04 said...

So touching.  There's something about a good father that makes our hearts richer for the knowing. Happy Father's Day, Cliff.  Blessings, Penny http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/FromHeretoThere

bhbner2him said...

Cliff sounds similar to me.....I had no one in the home with me growing up, as my sisters were so much older.  Children were strange creatures to me.  I'd never had the wonderful blessings of Bubba and Bug if not for Pete and his desire for a family.  -  Barbara

toonguykc said...

Oh!  We SO need to hear how you "tricked" Cliff into becoming a daddy!!  Did it involve wine, Sinatra tunes and a silky nightgown?  ;)

Russ

lv2trnscrb said...

what a wonderful tribute to Cliff, Mosie. What a good man he is. Been following your journal off and on in my absence; glad all is going well. I started a new journal; lots of changes for the Koda and our family.

betty