A Dad, a Day, and a Book Giveaway

I’m writing this post on Father’s Day. To all of you dads out there—a toast to you! I live a thousand miles away from my dad, so I didn’t see him today. Instead, I talked to him on the phone and gave the requisite greetings. My younger brother, who also is a father, went there to be with him—his Father’s Day present from my sister-in-law.

The desire to be eloquent rises within me as I think about Father’s Day. But whenever I try to be what I’m not, I come off sounding phony. So, if you don’t mind, I’ll ignore that desire and just be myself.

Know what I think of when I think of my dad? I think of how he taught me to draw, how he read fairy tales to me at bedtime, and taught me to ride a bike. And every Christmas, like clockwork, I could expect the latest Stephen King novel from him.

I remember as a teen how embarrassed I was to buy feminine products at the store. If the cashier was male, I’d balk and refuse to make the purchase. But my dad had no problem buying what I needed.

“Got you some on sale,” he’d say proudly, as he plunked a bag on the kitchen table.

I remember my first car—a Hornet station wagon. (Yeah, I’m old. But it was old when I got it, so, yeah.) It had a tendency to break down on various roads. Dad would have to come get me, sometimes in the dead of winter. Dads do things like that, see.

The test of a father’s influence is when you still love something when you become an adult. My dad infused within me a love of animation, science fiction, and mysteries, fortified by the books I discovered on the bookshelves at our old house (Ray Bradbury; Isaac Asimov; Agatha Christie; Erle Stanley Gardner) and the shows we’d watch together (Doctor Who; Looney Tunes, Star Trek in various forms).

    

    

Each week, my father and I discuss books that we read or are currently reading. Right now, he’s into a series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

I’m also reading a mystery:

So, though I’m not with my dad on this special day, we’re still together, sharing the love of a good mystery book.

Speaking of good books, I have one to give away: The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! by Sarah Aronson. (Click here if you missed the interview with Sarah.)

    

The winner of The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! is

Is . . .

Is . . .

Is . . .

Marie of 1WriteWay!

Marie, please comment below to confirm.

While we wait for Marie, do you have a great dad story you’d like to share? Please comment below!

Small critters wishing their dads a Happy Father’s Day

P. S. Thank you, Dad, for everything. 😀

Book covers from Goodreads, with the exception of the ones photographed by L. Marie. Father’s Day image from clipartpanda.com.

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32 thoughts on “A Dad, a Day, and a Book Giveaway

  1. For some reason, I can’t think of a great father story. A lot of times it was me getting into a mess and him doing ‘what were you thinking?’ chat. We went to a lot of comics/collectible card shows though. He was into the cards and I was into the comics. I had to explain what I was getting and why it was important every time. So, anybody who had a valuable issue and didn’t realize it would quickly learn that it was under priced. Almost got an Amazing Fantasy 15 for $100, but the store owner overheard me repeatedly explain it to my dad and took it off the wall to be re-priced.

    • Thanks, Nancy. 😀 I hear so many horror stories of awful dads, who are more like pseudo-dads.

      There is a line in the latest Guardians of the Galaxy about fathers that I wanted to quote. But it would have been a spoiler, so I left it out. It fits this holiday very well.

  2. What a wonderful tribute to your dad! I soooo enjoyed reading this and couldn’t help but think your dad and my dad would have enjoyed each other, although he would never have brought home sanitary products. 🙂
    Although Daddy died so very long ago, when I was just 19, he is always with me. Daddy instilled a love of books in me. He read to us, from adventure stories to the Bible. He belonged to the Book of the Month Club and read The Atlantic. Our home held a weekly pile of newspapers. He bought 3 a day. One of my first chores was picking up the late edition of the Chicago Daily News. He would pick a headline story to discuss with me and would often cut out a buried interest story (and I wonder why I’m a “news junkie”. ) I still have many of his books.
    Thanks for this, L. Marie.

    Congratulations to Marie.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I agree with you, Penny–our dads would have enjoyed each other. My dad also had a book club membership and subscribed to more than one newspaper. Remember Chicago Today? We used to get that, along with the Sun-Times. I preferred the Tribune.
      I learned to read by reading the newspaper. 😀 We also used to get Reader’s Digest.

      • You are welcome. I do remember Chicago Today. Most days, we got the Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, and American (Chicago American?). I still mourn the loss of the the Sunday Chicago Tribune – as it used to be. I would even read his copies of Field and Stream. 🙂 Daddy even tried to get me a summer job on The Tribune. We knew the financial editor, who told him I’d only be a “runner” and a few other things, which basically boiled down to this is no job for a girl!

  3. Happy Father’s Day to your dad, Marie. He sounds awesome. I, too, remember Saturday mornings spent with my dad: Him in his designated armchair, me splayed out on the sofa and the theme song for Dr. Who kicking into full effect. And then the weekly evenings of popcorn and ST: TNG.

    Good memories. Also, my wife is a big fan of the Preston/Child books!

    • I need to read them then, Phillip. The one Dad is reading sounds really good.
      I totally remembering hearing the ST: TNG music. Brings back such great memories!
      I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day! 😀

  4. Loved your better-than-eloquent tribute to your Dad.
    (I’m gonna have to try out those Preston&child books, thanks for the suggestion)

    How to top a Dad who buys personal products for his daughter? A Dad who buys them on sale!!!
    I really got a kick out of that little personality quirk, Linda.
    😉

    • Thanks, Laura. Yes, Dad liked to buy things on sale. 😀 I was way too embarrassed to get them. But I didn’t have to worry about that with Dad around.
      Yes, he said he enjoyed Blue Labyrinth, which I believe is number 14 in the series. I haven’t read any of them. I’m enjoying Magpie Murders.

  5. The things that you still live as an adult-I get that. Whenever I see things like Star Trek and John Wayne movies I have memories of watching these things with him. And when I hear ‘old’ music like Roy Orbison, Matt Monroe and Perry Como there are further flashbacks.He died in 2003, yet I still have these connections with him.

  6. Your Dad sounds great! Especially his taste in books, but I’m also very impressed by the feminine products story! My Dad was a very good amateur boxer so I had the unique distinction of being the only 5-year-old in the class who could execute a decent uppercut and owned her own boxing gloves! His training meant he was brilliant at skipping – I think you maybe call it jumping rope? – and he used to come out and do skipping tricks for me and all my little pals and then teach us how to do them too…

    • Your dad was a boxer? That’s so awesome, FF! If anyone tried to bother you–pow! 😀

      My older brother taught me to box. Took me out to the backyard one day and said, “This is how you box.” Yes, my family life growing up was interesting.

  7. What a beautiful homage to your father , Linda . I would be able to write the same but like for you this would need an entry . I was a only one child and my mother always told me ” your father would cross a fire for you ” . Unfortunately I have not been able to tell them as you do how much I love and thank them because my two parents died when i was 23 years old !
    Love ❤
    Michel

    • So sorry your parents passed away at such an early age, Michel. I’m glad your children and grandchildren have you in their lives.
      Peace and hugs,
      Linda

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