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Monday, April 21, 2014

All Dad's Should Write a Book about their Kids!

I recently read a book for my online book club, From Left to Write, written by a dad, Jim Gaffigan.

Jim is a wonderful comedian and I've listened to him many times on my drive to work while tuned in to The Bob and Tom Show. He is hilarious! He does this bit about bacon bits being “the fairy dust of the food community”! He mentions how you offer someone a salad and they are ho-hum about it, but sprinkle some bacon bits on it and BOOM! Instant deliciousness! Cracks me up every time because it is so true!

Here's a youtube video I found where he does some of his bacon jokes!



Jim’s book, Dad is Fat reminded me that a year ago during this time was when my dad took the fall that fractured his pelvis. That was in April of last year and he never quite recovered, passing away on July 31st.

I miss him so much! It would have been so wonderful to read a book written by my dad about the crazy antics his kids pulled. We used to love to listen to his stories about us when we were little kids. How he felt the first time he saw us when we were born.

I remember dad telling me that when my mom was pregnant with me he wanted a boy! Of course! I was the first born and he wanted a boy, makes sense. He told my mom as they were wheeling her into the delivery room to make sure that it was a boy because he didn't want a girl. Guess what? It was a girl…it was me! So of course when he told me this story I always said, “And what happened dad, when you heard it was a girl?” He always said, “I saw you and I fell in love with you in that very second and I never regretted that you were not a boy! Your leg was only as big as my finger!” (And he would point his index finger to show me how big my leg was!) I loved this story and never tired of him telling it.

My dad, my mom and me

And he had stories like that for each of us, me, my sister and my two brothers. It would have been so great if he had put them into a book, like Jim Gaffigan did. But regardless, we will never forget those stories!



This post was inspired by the novel Dad is Fat by comedian Jim Gaffigan who riffs on his adventures in co-parenting 5 kids in a two bedroom Manhattan apartment. Join From Left to Write on April 22 when we discuss Dad is Fat. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.



 

14 comments:

  1. Aww, this is so very sweet. I would have loved to have my dad write a book too. I'm sorry for your loss, I've lost my father too. Here's to our wonderful memories of the men who loved us first!

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    1. Thanks Amy. I'm sorry for your loss as well. Thank goodness we have our memories of them! Thinking back to some of the shenanigans I got into, maybe it's best my dad didn't write a book! :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. I like the vintage photo of you family. My dad was not so great...I may have told you that before. I am glad yours was someone you miss...that is a good sign.

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    1. You have mentioned your dad before Rebecca. It is so hard sometimes with dads. As great as my dad was the man I chose to father my kids was not so great. After we divorced he never saw them again. I know how lucky I was to have my dad. Thanks for your comment.

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    1. He sure was Kim...and he is missed like crazy by all of us. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Such a beautiful memory. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh Char...he left so many beautiful memories. I was truly blessed as a child and as a woman to have this man in my life. Thank you for commenting.

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  5. Well your dad did not write a book but you could write some of those chapters for him right here in your blog. You already have. You are an excellent writer and you have wonderful recall. Write those memories that he told you about and keep them forever. You sharing your memories here will inspire others to remember things about their parents.

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    1. Thanks Sextant! You're absolutely right! I have written so many stories of my dad already and I will continue. Every day I remember something else and I am really lucky to be able to have such wonderful recall. My sister is amazed at the things that I remember!

      Thank you for the compliment of being an excellent writer. Coming from someone that I consider to be an extraordinary writer it's high praise!

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  6. The story about the delivery room made me tear up! That is beautiful. My dad still tells me stories about my childhood as if I wasn't there with him - it is still new and funny every time.

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    1. We love to hear about when we were babies don't we? Cherish those times with your dad cause you will miss him sorely when he's gone. I remember people used to tell me that all the time, now I know what they meant.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Yes, those stories need to be told and preserved and maintained forever. That's actually a huge reason why I blog - because I'm not tracking it otherwise and oh there is so much about my children that I need to remember!

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    1. It's true! That is why I blog too! Well one of the reason anyway. So many times my sister and I can't remember something and we look on the blog and there it is, the answer! It's a great way to keep your family history. I wish I had known about blogging when my kids were little!

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