Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Lewis Bridges, age 93 years

LIFE.  It is Father's Day again, and each year I watch him get older ... thank the Lord. He always said he wanted to live to 100, and there are only 6 1/2 years to go before he reaches his goal. He still drives the tractor and hauls hay to his cattle. His love for those cattle keep him going day after day. He is truly a man who has lived his passion. Once when I was there, we talked about that ... and I told him that my passion for painting is the same passion that he feels for his land and his cattle. After that, he understood my drive to paint ... to live my passion. 

He was a handsome young man with a twinkle in his eye. After my mother's death, he told me stories I had not heard ... memories of their courtship and early marriage. Although his eyes are gray now, no longer blue, I occasionally get a glimpse of that starry twinkle that shone in his younger eyes. Today I will visit with Dad.

Today's Blessing: Time with Dad.

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  1. How lucky you are, Nita to still have him. Enjoy your day to the max. Great photo.

  2. My dad loved to drive his tractors. Your father looks like he is doing well. The work he does each day means so much to him. It is keeping him young. I hope you had a good day with your dad.

  3. Lovely Vernita. What a terrific picture of your Dad (and you as well I see!) I hope you have a great Father's Day with your Dad and that you get to soak up all those wonderful moments only time spent with those we love can give. I miss my Dad. He was special too. I can't remember now what his voice sounded like... but often when I'm driving long distances I feel his presence in the seat beside me... always looking out for his little girl. Dad's are just the greatest gift a girl can have. Enjoy.
    - Jean.

  4. What an inspiration your dad must be for you. I know I'm certainly inspired! If he can do all that at his age, I can keep going with my little aches and pains.


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