Back in the 80's when I had two young children and a decorating budget of pennies I was trying to spruce up my home. At the time the 'country' look was popular and inexpensive to create. I wanted some wooden hearts, you know those 'squishy' kind for my kitchen wall. My sweet Dad made me a heart and painted it red!
It wasn't a 'squishy' heart and it was not perfect but I loved it and never said anything different. My then husband made me my 'squishy' hearts that I painted Red and Yellow (interesting combo) and they hung on my kitchen wall until we moved from that house. My decorating style has changed over the years if not my budget (it is still pennies). Those squishy hearts are long gone, but the Red Heart that my Dad made me has remained.
It shows up somewhere in my home each February and reminds me of the love my Dad had for me.
We lost Dad way too soon! He was such a brilliant man and it was with much sadness we realized that something was not right. He was finally diagnosed with Parkinson's With Lewy Body Dementia. While not Alzheimer's, this disease does rob a person of memories. Dad recognized us to the end and for that we are grateful. He was a wonderful Husband, Dad and Grandfather. A retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corp, a fighter pilot and a computer programmer. He gave his family so much! I miss him always!
So Dad from my heart
I love you and I'm so grateful for you!
The wonderful memories I have
and this special red heart!
The link for Gratitude Sunday is below!
I hope you will join in and share what you are grateful for this week!
Wishing You Joy,