the little things…

as the last of the light fades from another autumn day, my thoughts turn to my dad…

he would have been 79 years young today…

my dad was many different things to many different people, but to me, above all, my dad was a teacher…

he taught me to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all in millions of microscopic details: dew on grass, the folds of a petal & the flourish of a flower bursting into bloom…

because of my dad i can get lost for hours in the marvel of a night sky or be uplifted by the roar of an angry ocean…

because of my dad i’m always looking upwards & sidewards & sometimes any way but forwards to seek out & appreciate the hidden beauty that i know i’ll find if i only take the time to look…

because of my dad i have a floristry bill to rival the gdp of a small nation…

but i wouldn’t have it any other way…

today a massive thunderstorm rolled over the top of the house where my dad lived… & i had to smile, because a part of me can’t help but think he arranged the whole spellbinding spectacle so that for one brief, but beautiful moment, the world around it would have no other option than to stop, look up & simply appreciate the beauty of it all…

happy birthday dad…

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4 thoughts on “the little things…

  1. Oh Sue, this made me shed a tear! How beautiful to have had a dad who gave you so much….. Unfortunately my dad was the opposite and lived until he was nearly 87. I was sad that in all that time he did not learn about family, love or life. What a waste.

    I’m convinced your dad arranged the thunderstorm and no doubt is watching over you with sheer pride x

    • thank you tina… i feel very lucky to have had him in my life, he was a good man indeed… sorry not everyone has the same experience, but i guess there’s a lesson to learn even in the negative… even if the lesson is what not to do / be like 🙂

  2. What a beautifully written post, Sue – so very moving! Your father sounds like he was one of those most rare and special people – the ones who appreciate and celebrate the little things.

    You must miss him so but your blog is a wonderful tribute to the life he led and the life lessons he taught you. 🙂 xoxo

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