Wednesday, November 19, 2008

R for Red Tractor

This ABC Wednesday post is not about a Red Tractor...although, isn't that a cool picture?
This post is about the person I think of when I see Red Tractors, and Green Tractors and Orange Tractors and Blue Tractors...
My Daddy.
My Hero.
Only A Dad
Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame
To show how well he has played the game;
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.
Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.
Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd,
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.
Only a dad but he gives his all,
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen:
Only a dad, but the best of men.
Author Unknown
Aren't Dad's the best? What is one of your favorite memories of your Daddy?


Sailor Girl said...

This is probably the most sweet post I have ever read... I'm touched.
The photo is awsome and «R»ed is an excellent choice! (it is one of my colours, as an aries hehehe)


jennykate77 said...

I love this post! My dad has a tractor too :) And it's red! My mom and dad just recently started renovating an old farm house that they bought, which has 44 acres with it! So, my dad, of course, had to buy a tractor :) Tractors always remind me of my grandpa too...good memories.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is beautiful and a lovely tribute to your Daddy.
My Dad used to take my brother and I fishing when we were little. He told me dirty jokes when I grew up. Not typical, but he was mine just the same. ;0

Grandma J said...

I love that poem. My father was very quiet, and he never had to say much to get his point across My favorite memories of my father were the times he overlooked my obviously bad behavior...really, just when I expected to be diciplined, or driven to a juvenile detention facility, he'd pull into Baskin Robbins and let me have anything I wanted..a rare move in a large family with limited resources.

antigoni said...

Yes, dads are the best. Love your post. Many memories of my dad and many to come.

big hair envy said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dad!!

My best memories of my dad are our trips to the beach, picnics, and grilling in the back yard!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Very nice!!! My mom and dad separated when I was little so when we saw him on the weekends my older sisters would decide on a movie for us to go to. My dad trusted them, the 1st time that is. There I was 8 years old and they were only a few years older, and we were watching History of the World. My dad was so embarrassed but we stayed. I turned out alright regardless but that would never happen these days. And my parents got back together when I was 23.

April said...

What a touching very sweet! My dad passed away two years ago at the age of 82 from a massive stroke. So, I miss him dearly, especially at this time of year.

I always remember how much my dad loved making Christmas fun for me. In fact, he'd get so excited that he'd often allow me to open gifts a day or two before Christmas. He just couldn't stand making me wait!

The memories I have of him are too numerous to mention. All I know is that he was a wonderful person and I'm so proud he was my father.

Becky said...

That poem is awesome. I am going to print a copy and tuck it into My Loves lunch box.

My dad was a policeman.

Adventure girl wanna be said...

Super sweet!

I have a contest over at my place;)

Mom on the Run said...

I love your ABC posts. Have you thought about putting all the photos in a slideshow? You could add to your blog. Might be neat to see all photos in order in one place. Looking forward to S. A friend did a ABC photo book for her son who was learning his alphabet.

My fondest memory of my dad was when he would take my sister and me to the indoor swim center on a Sunday afternoon. I know that my mother encouraged him to take us as we were living with my grandmother in cramped quarters. He played with us for an hour or two and then took us home. He travelled during the week so this time was special.

photowannabe said...

Sweet and thoughtful tribute to your Dad.
I loved when my Mom went to choir practice and it was Daddy's and my special time together. He used to let me play beauty shop with his thats one tolerant Dad...

The Incredible Woody said...

That was beautiful. My Dad always let me "drive" when we would turn onto our road. He would operate the pedals and I'm sure he always had a hand close by the wheel but I felt 10 feet tall!

smiles4u said...

This is so beautiful! I am glad that you had a daddy like this. I did not. I have always longed for a "daddy" like this so part of me is sad reading this. But, I do love my dad in spite and draw on the few good times I had with him. I am not bitter because I have forgiven him. Great post!

Sandy Toes said...

How wonderful!!! Every year..the first day of dad would take off work and take me to the Apple Cider! I still remember that!
-sandy toes

Daphine said...

What a beautiful post!

My mom was a single parent, so I don't have any favorite memories of my dad. What a shame, huh? There's total forgiveness in my heart for him. He and I have a relationship today. It's just a bit strange is all. Aren't you glad you ask? lol

Rinkly Rimes said...

The tractor and the poem go so well together

Jules from "The Roost" said...

That is so beautiful! So many things remind me of my always football ;)

DD said...

AW!!!! How sweet!!

Bear Naked said...

A wonderful tribute to your father here on ABC Wednesday letter R.

Bear((( )))

4 Lettre Words said...

How beautiful! Love this post...and, yes, I do LOVE my daddy!!

kbguy said...

good post. My dad not around anymore. But I am a dad too now. Haha..