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The first real memory I have of my dad was when I was in kindergarten. This was the school year 1982-1983. He was finishing up his last few years of service in the navy and was still having to go out to sea on a newly commissioned ship. He was due in to port in a couple of days, so my mother told us. Us being myself, my three older sisters and my brother. I am the youngest. Since kindergarten only went until noon, I was always the first one home. That particular day, I knew something special was going on because usually my teacher would call my name and say that my mother was here to pick me up. On that day, though, she had a smile on her face and said that “someone” was there to pick me up. We went to a small private school at the time and everyone knew everyone. The teachers knew the parents and the history of each of their students. So my teacher knew it was a big deal that my dad was picking me up and that it should be a surprise. Well, as I left the classroom, wondering who it was picking me up, my stomach was filled with butterflies. I looked up and saw my dad, still in his chief’s uniform, smiling as big as he could. I ran to him, and in typical movie style, jumped into his arms. He caught me like I didn’t weigh a thing. This is my dad, my hero. So strong and important. That is the first memory of my father. There to catch me when I jumped. With hugs and kisses, not embarrassed to tell his daughter that he loves her in public. That’s my dad.

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The following comments are for "My Dad - Chapter 1 - The Homecoming"
by leftylink

short & sweet.
i will be looking for further chapters, leftylink.


john. john doe.

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: October 20, 2005 )

Thank you...
I am trying to write a tribute to my father, who is a wonderful man and will always be my hero. it is long over due.
thank you for your encouragement.

( Posted by: leftylink [Member] On: October 26, 2005 )

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