Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Memories

Father's Day is bitter sweet this year.  As many of you know my father passed away last August.

This will be my first Father's Day without him.
This is my father when I was little.
Here he is when HE was little.
When thinking about Father's Day I am reminded of one year long ago when I did not have a gift for my father.  My mother is Australian and did not know about father's day.  So as a last minute gift my friend and I made "Hug Credit Cards" for our fathers.

My credit card was almost the size of a regular  credit card.  On the card I had little boxes where he could demand hugs at any time, but then he had to X the box.  I was about eight at the time.

My father kept that card in his wallet for years.  When I was sixteen we had a fight, and at the end he took out his "Hug Credit Card" and used the last hug.  I could not believe he had kept that card for eight years.  It was all worn, but lovingly protected in a special pocket in his wallet.  It was at that moment I realized how much he treasured the gift I made for him.

Me and my dad at my wedding, July 24, 2009

In honor of my father I made this "Hug Credit Card" for you to print out and give to it your father (or your children's father).  I left it colorless on the front so that you (or your child) can personalize it.

Follow these two links for the printable:

Since this post is all about dads I have to mention one more.  My step-father was also a very important man in my life.  He taught me how to tie my shoes and fold my toilet paper (yeah I'm a bit strange like that, maybe it is a German thing).

This is my step-father and little brother.

I took this picture on one of the last times I saw him.

At the risk of sounding all cheesy and sentimental: love your dad and tell him often.  Enjoy your dad and hug him often.  They are very important. 

Happy Father's Day!!!


  1. what a wonderful post honoring your father, step father, and fathers in general. i love the hug card that you made him, how special. you can bet i will be aware of how special my dad is this year.

  2. this is beautiful way to honor your dad and step dad. I remember that hug card. He was so happy and proud when he showed it to me and he would pull it out when ever things were going skewif.... I can believe that he kept it for so long he was a sentimental man, full of love .... we all miss him alot....
    PS: I still have that jacket in my cupboard...

  3. Your post is truly touching...tears are just flowing down my face...thank you for sharing this with us.

  4. Dear Chance,
    what a beautiful surprise to find my brother Peter here on your page!
    Thank you for the kind words you wrote about him.
    I am his older sister, living on Tenerife - one of the Canary Islands belonging to Spain.
    Manu and Peter visited here for two weeks when Manu was about ten years old....
    So I greet you from across the Atlantic,
    Barbara von Lingen on facebook


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