Father’s Day

This is the first Father’s Day that I won’t be able to call my dad and wish him a Happy Father’s Day.  But I will spend the day looking back at the great  memories I have of our good times together.  I have no pictures to share that accompany some of my best memories.   I won a college scholarship in a  tractor-pulling contest that my dad encouraged me to try.  When I made the only “Full Pull” in the student category, there was the biggest grin on my dad’s face.  When I was in the county Dairy Princess contest in 1971, my father and three other fathers dressed up in drag as beauty queens and paraded down Main Street.  Again, no picture, but I will NEVER forget that day.  And every time I would leave after a visit, he and my mother would stand in the front yard and watch me drive off until I was out of sight.IMG_3162

Pat’s father left us in 2003.  Dad O’Brien  welcomed me to his family when Pat and I married.  I heard stories about the strange pets he would bring home; a squirrel, a pig, a crow, and many stray dogs.  He served in New Guinea and the Philippines in World War II, and he talked about flying in towed gliders.  He and Mom O’Brien traveled on the Amtrak train from Chicago to Arizona once to visit us.  When asked about the scenery, he said  “I saw lots of junkyards and graveyards.” He was different from my father, but was a great father-in-law!img006

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!  And missing all the Dads who are in our hearts.

See ya,

Sandy O’


About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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4 Responses to Father’s Day

  1. araignee says:

    Such great memories. What a sweet tribute to the Dads in your life. My mom and dad used to watch me drive off too and I always had to call when I got home. Even with his severe dementia he still asks me to call him when I leave the nursing home after a visit. It makes me cry every time.

  2. Condolences are due when days like this roll around to remind you afresh of your loss!
    I watch my own kids leave like that….it is love.

  3. Deborah Bonanno Slaninka says:


    Happy Fathers Day! What great and so humorous memories. So special!!! Paul and I enjoyed them and had a good laugh.

  4. kay says:


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