Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day. I’m celebrating this with my husband, the father of my our two, really cool boys.

The majority of my facebook friends are posting well wishes or “miss you dad” notes to their timeline.  I had nothing to post, until I thought about it a bit…

My parents divorced when I was a teenager. He and I became estranged.  It was mutual; he didn’t try and I gave up trying to stay in touch. He died in 2000 or was is 2001.

He wasn’t perfect; but neither am I.

I don’t have a photo of him to share because it’s packed in a storage unit with the rest of my stuff.  My current house is too small for everything my family owns so we just have what we need in the house.

Don’t feel sorry for me; I do have some awesome memories of my dad from my childhood.  He was really cool.  Dad was a professional photographer and I was his advertising cover girl: he used portraits of me in his ads.  He was also my school’s photographer.  He developed his photos in a “dark room” he constructed in the basement.  I used to sit in there with him, watching negatives and then photos develop.  We’d listen to Herb Alpert or Burt Bacharach or some Hawaiian tunes on the turntable and talk about life.

Dad would take us (me, mom and my two brothers) camping, to amusement parks and the beach every summer.  He drove us to these places in his blue Vista Cruiser. I’ve seen I-95 from Canada to St. Augustine as a child. He protected us from bears at the campgrounds we would stay in.

My dad put a pool in the backyard for hot summer days.  He would grill burgers, dogs or steam fresh caught Maryland Blue Crabs in our backyard.

He taught me how to ride a bike, shoot a gun, take good pictures, collect lightning bugs, use the lawn mower and do the gardening.  He taught me how to play basketball, croquet and baseball.  He took turns with Mom reading the Bible to me and my brothers. He taught me how to build a fort and my brothers and I made a really cool one.  It sat on cinderblocks, had plywood walls, 2 windows and a swinging door.  We painted it red.

Dad went to all the “Daddy/Daughter” events with me at school, church and Girls Scouts. He sat through piano, ballet, jazz and tap dance recitals.

He taught me how to body surf and how to swim in the ocean.  We’d step on crabs and scream, collect shells and build sand castles.  I think I got my love of beach culture from him and I can definitely get a deep tan like he did.

He was forgiving: I broke the kitchen window with a fly ball one day.  The neighborhood kids scattered when he came outside to check on us.  He forgave me and we worked together to cover the window until it could be replaced.  Then he told me and my friends we could keep playing but to move farther away from the house. The neighbors scolded him to not grounding me but he said it was an accident and forgave me.  Cool.

He let me and my brothers raise a turtle we found.  We called it Myrtle and dad taught me how to care for it.  He taught me how to care for dogs and fish, too, except we accidentally killed the fish, but started over again and the new ones lived longer.

Dad bought me my first stereo and gave me a television for high school graduation. He gave me all kinds of cool stuff; some of it I did not appreciate but I’m super grateful for now.

He had a really dry and corny sense of humor which I think he passed on to me.

During and after high school he wasn’t there much for me and I wasn’t there much for him.  I called him to say I got married, I called him to say I had kids, he met them both as infants.  Then he died.

I’ll see him again one grand day, and when I do we’ll make up for lost time, I’m sure.  For now I have some cool memories.  Thanks Dad. Happy Father’s Day.

Keep Calm and…

What a fad: Keep Calm and ….

It was originally a saying from the British government as a morale booster during the second World War.  “Keep Calm and Carry On” showed up on propaganda posters but because it was never really circulated on a wide scale, it didn’t quite catch on.  Back in the turn of this century someone found some remaining posters and now the saying is everywhere. The issue of trademark has arisen but I haven’t found anything yet to indicate the US or the UK have definitely deemed the saying trademarkable so it just keeps on keeping calm. Many an entrepreneur on both sides of the pond has decided what to Keep Calm or how to Keep Calm and are cashing in on this now-popular phrase.

In the jolly ol’ spirit of things I’ve come up with my own, and yes, mine do have something to do with the coast and the beach and just my life’s interests.  Hope you find them enjoyable.

Can you add any?  Comment below.

  • Keep calm and put your toes in the sand
  • Keep calm and stare at your seashell collection
  • Keep calm and watch the surf(C) eileensaunders
  • Keep calm and beach comb
  • Keep calm and surf
  • Keep calm and play with your seaglass
  • Keep calm and fill your beach bucket
  • Keep calm and sunbathe
  • Keep calm and bird watch
  • Keep calm and kick the sand
  • Keep calm and smell the salt air(c) eileensaunders
  • Keep calm and drink wine
  • Keep calm and catch a wave
  • Keep calm and swim with the dolphins
  • Keep calm and dream of summer
  • Keep calm and enjoy the waves
  • Keep calm and enjoy the sand
  • Keep calm and pretend you’re on vacation
  • Keep calm and protect the turtles
  • Keep calm and protect the nesting shorebirds
  • Keep calm, you’re almost at the beach
  • Keep calm, you’re almost at the lake
  • Keep calm and sit on the dock
  • Keep calm and watch the sunset
  • Keep calm and watch out for sharks
  • Keep calm and fish on
  • Keep calm, it’s just a hurricane(C) eileensaunders
  • Keep calm and coast
  • Keep calm and keep swimming
  • Keep calm and float on
  • Keep calm and enjoy the salt spray
  • Keep calm and drop anchor
  • Keep calm and moor your boat
  • Keep calm and shuck an oyster
  • Keep calm and paddle
  • Keep calm and float with the manatees
  • Keep calm and Ukulele on
  • Keep calm and Hula on
  • Keep calm and boat on
  • Keep calm and sail on
  • Keep calm and sway with the palm trees(C) eileensaunders
  • Keep calm and soak up the sun
  • Keep calm and make a sand castle
  • Keep calm and seine on
  • Keep calm and catch a fish
  • Keep calm and crawfish on

Need a t-shirt with any of these sayings?  Let me know, I’ll whip one up for you on my Etsy store, Crafty Beachcomber.