A Post About Our Dads, for Father’s Day

I’m guest blogging for Sam today, and what we wanted to do was start a comment chain about our Dads. The idea came from our Father’s Day Midlife Crisis promotion, in which folks send us pics of their Dad and we use our ScanCafe magic to digitally give their Dads a midlife crisis.

Over a hundred people have already entered, but what really surprised us was how so many people enclosed heartfelt notes about their Dads along with their entry. So we wanted to give folks a public place to talk up their Dads. Just post a comment below with anything you’d like to say about your Father, and we’ll have a nice chain of Father-honoring comments in time for Father’s Day.

I’ll start it off. That’s my Dad, pictured above, just a bit after he’d been diagnosed with cancer. He’s hamming it up for the camera, which was an old Bell & Howell SLR.  He was amazing, but never easy–the kind of guy who would listen to classical music and drink cheap beer, barechested, at the same time. When I graduated from college, he made a big fatherly show of how he was done giving me advice. Now he’s gone, these many years, and I never told him that I needed it.

What’s your father like?

UPDATE: The winners for this contest were Karen Straw, Dr. Felix Subervi, and Paul Brown, with Honorable Mention going to EA Greene.

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User Comments

  1. June 18th, 2009 Drea Werker

    My father is a giving and friendly person. He takes time to talk with people. Is an animal lover.

  2. June 18th, 2009 brenda darwin

    Even though my Dad has passed. I still have the memories of my jumping on his lap and I have pics to remind me of him. Without him I would be nothing.

  3. June 18th, 2009 Gary Steele

    My Dad is everywhere for me:
    • In the mirror, when I look at myself
    • When I encounter a problem and think of how to solve it
    • When I pause to reflect on how to handle almost any issue of ethics or moral judgement.
    Being with him is great when we are together.. but then in a since, we are never apart : )

  4. June 18th, 2009 anonymous

    I lost my father at an early age and it has influenced my entire life. Now that I am a father I am trying to be the dad I wanted when I was young, but not mythologized.

  5. June 18th, 2009 Dave

    My father was my best friend and has been missed very much since he passed away last year

  6. June 18th, 2009 Jen

    For the first time in 40 years, our entire family including kids, grandkids and great grandson will celebrate Christmas together…with a suprise of all the slides Dad took since 1957. Dad will look down on us..grin..and think “I did a good job”.

  7. June 18th, 2009 Vicki

    My dad is my biggest supporter!

  8. June 18th, 2009 Schneiders Children

    Our father is the kindest, most understanding dad in the world.
    He is our greatest example of what a good husband and father should be.
    Angie, Daniel, and Chris.

  9. June 18th, 2009 marti Belcher

    My father was always willing to speak, even when his words weren’t popular….its a valuable lesson for his children.

  10. June 18th, 2009 Alexander

    My father has been a wonderful influence. I have always appreciated his insight and wisdom.

  11. June 18th, 2009 Mark Zimmermann

    I want to make a couple of observations. When I was a kid, I thought everyone lived, more or less like I did. I thought everyone had moms and dads. I thought everyone had grandparents who doted on them. When I got to college, I was shocked when I heard my friends tell me how much they hated their parents. I didn’t understand it. I thought everyone was like me. I was wrong.

    Today seldom do I meet a person who is content with his childhood. I find I am the aberration. My parents and grandparents loved me, and I had everything I wanted. I am proud of who I am, and I am proud of my family.

    Once I asked, how I could repay all that you both had done for me. Dad, you told me I owed you nothing, and that I all I need do was to provide for my children. At that time, having children of my own was not even a distant fantasy. The fact that I thought about the debt and asked you about it was a tribute to my upbringing.

    My goal in life is to love my children as much as you have loved me.

  12. June 18th, 2009 Wade Lagrone

    I know exactly how you feel, Mark. I had the same experience in college. Hard to see your blessings sometimes.

  13. June 18th, 2009 Presley Foster

    As I grow older, I find that many of the things that my father told me have been correct. It is hard to thank someone who has been such a force in my life.

  14. June 18th, 2009 Monica

    My Dad died many years ago. I was a young single parent with a little two year old girl. He was the quintessential second generation Italian-American. He was tough with his kids (but bragged about them when they weren’t there).

    My best memory of my Dad was the family picnics to a State park on a Summer Weekend. We’d be packed up the car (there were eight of us) with the old steel Coca Cola cooler, and up to mountains we’d go. I can still see him, standing on the shore of the lake, arms crossed never taking his eyes off his kids. He wanted us safe.

    My Dad died from Colon Cancer in 1977. He never got to see how his eight children grew up, nor most of his grandkids. I would love to be able to see him this Sunday!

  15. June 18th, 2009 Candy Wright

    My father has been the perfect example of what true unconditional love is. He doesn’t hesitate to tell me that he loves me, nor that he is proud of me. He was a nurturing, involved father (even before it was cool to be). He has celebrated with me during the joys and grieved with me during the toughest moments that a person could possibly go through. He is loved and adored by our entire family and I am so proud to call him DAD!

  16. June 18th, 2009 Phil Hertzman

    MY DAD – HARD TO DESCRIBE, BUT VERY KIND.

  17. June 18th, 2009 david

    I remember my dad as a funny storyteller, a folksinger, a lover of kids, a lover of life, a lover of pistachios. He has been gone for 9 years but not forgotten.

  18. June 18th, 2009 Robert Neil

    My father was one of the “Greatest Generation” serving in WWII and in Korea. He passed away several years ago from a stroke. He had a very difficult childhood growing up in the Buckner Orphanage in Dallas, Tx. His greatest legacy was his unselfishness. He never had much, but he was always there to help out in any way possible, both financially and with good hard work. I remember him working so hard to help me dig post holes (32 of them) when I needed to put up a fence at our home in Dallas. I am now the age he was when he did this – I don’t know how he did it. Must be love…

  19. June 18th, 2009 Amy

    My dad has made me the person I am today. He has always been there for me. When I was a kid he made me feel like I was the most important person in the world. Now that I’m an adult, he still makes me feel that way.

  20. June 18th, 2009 Linda

    There are few Men living today like my Dad! He is my Hero!

    My Grandfather deserted his family when my Dad was 10 years old and my Dad knew there was only one honorable thing he could do! He quit school and went to work full time to help support his Mom and 4 younger Brothers and Sisters. He did this so that they could have shoes to go to school, to make sure that his Mom was home with ihs baby sister and to help put food on the table.

    When he was 16 WWII began and his Mother signed the papers for him to enlist. Not only was my Dad a Proud Marine he was Proud to serve his Country. In return, his Country paid him enough so that his Brothers and Sisters could remain in school and so that his Mother could stop “taking in laundry”.

    He was pretty strict when I was growing up but he always had the time to show us how to build things, how to relax by fishing a stream, love for God and Country, and bought us EVERY “material thing” that he could afford; Including bags and bags of candy. Aa treat he rarely had as a child!.

    As an adult, I ONLY learned of his good deeds thorugh his Brothers and Sisters; NEVER a word from him! He never bragged about what he did and by doing so he taught me humility!

    I only wish that my Granddaughter had the opportunity to know him – He would have really loved her spunk and intelligence. I always wanted dark hair just like my Dad but I got red instead. Ironically, my Granddaughter looks so much like him!

    I miss him very much!

    Happy Father’s Day Dad
    Linda

  21. June 18th, 2009 James Hand

    My Father was reliable, consistent in expectations and discipline, always encouraging in whatever I aspired to undertake, and genuinely affectionate in the paternal sense. My appreciation and admiration of him has grown with the passing years.

  22. June 19th, 2009 Philip DesAutels

    When I was young, dad was always working – nights and weekends. I didn’t understand why then but I surely do now! He had a second job so that his family could have the opportunities that he couldn’t. I know it was a sacrifice for him – but he made that sacrifice out of love and hope. What did it get him? His dreams! Each of his three kids went to college, has a great job, gives back to their community and have wonderful families of their own! We learned from dad that if you are a good person and you work hard you can make your dreams come true. Thanks dad!

  23. June 19th, 2009 Ginny Slack

    Our family moved 600 miles away from where I grew up when I was in high school. I had no friends and almost every night when he came home from work my dad and I would play tennis together. My dad is gone now, but at age 60 I have rejoined a tennis club. I still need help with my backhand Dad!

  24. June 19th, 2009 Bright Bimpong

    I am a father and enjoy being one. Being a father is a natural thing and it is great to have a day devoted to this wonderful experience.
    My 2 beautiful daughters, 7 and 9 shower me with cards, they design themselves. I can not ask for anything more.
    Happy Fathers’ Day – all fathers and
    fathers-to-be out there

    Bright

  25. June 19th, 2009 Julie

    My dad is my rock. He’s always there for me and has always been a wonderful example of a godly man.

  26. June 19th, 2009 Verna Vrooman Fickenscher

    My Dad was wonderful when my mother died when we children were young. Dad insisted in keeping we 5 kids all together, Dad was a farmer who worked very hard to give us a good education and prepare us for raising families of our own.
    We have many happy memories of growing up on a farm, working together to make our lives better.

  27. June 19th, 2009 Ross

    My dad was an awesome person who always believed in me. He was also the photographer in the family, taking great, beautiful, color slides…which inspired my own, and now large, photograph collection. With the help of ScanCafe, these thousands of slides and photographs are being preserved, organized, and viewed like never before…bringing back memories of special moments and events shared with my dad, and others, that had faded just as some of the images were starting to do. I miss my dad very much, but the now preserved images of him bring him back to life for me in a special way.

  28. June 19th, 2009 Dr. Felix J. Subervi, III

    My father was always very reserved about his experiences as a Prisoner of War during WWII. Last year, I saw a DVD that was in the living room, he asked him about it. It was an interview that he had done for the Library of Congress of his experience as a Prisoner of War. I sat with him and saw this, and tears come to my eyes as I realized that the man sitting next to me, my dad, had made such sacrifices and endured such harships for the freedom we now have. He had never told anyone in the family of these experiences, and I had never known how much he had suffered. It helped me understand why he kisses a piece of bread before he will throw it away; due to the hunger he experienced; and why he will NEVER eat meat on a Friday… due to a promise he made to God if he ever survived! That is my Dad! You can look him up on Google! Felix J. Subervi, Jr. He turned 89 on June 19. He was born in 1920. I also learned that those marks on his back are bayonett scars from the enemy soldier pushing him foward after his capture. Thank you for the opportunity to share with with others!

  29. June 19th, 2009 Andy

    My dad is my compass. He lead me in the right direction.

  30. June 19th, 2009 Ted Thelin

    My Dad was always there for me. If I asked he would give me advice and tell me what he knew or felt. He would not interfere, allowing me to grow. He taught me how to throw a baseball, how to solve math word problems and taught me about God by his life example. He instilled a sense of curiosity into almost every subject. He was a terrific Dad

  31. June 19th, 2009 Wendy

    My dad loses his keys every day, lectures me in broken English, can’t cook a meal, and doesn’t know how to use email. Its all a part of the many reasons why I love him.

  32. June 19th, 2009 Joel

    My father showed me and taught me the value of hard work and effort.

  33. June 19th, 2009 Chris Ford

    My dad is great in the same way many dads are – he’s always been a great provider, loving, supportive, and the best example of what it means to be a man that I can think of. He always encouraged me to succeed in whatever I chose to do, and allowed me to fail so that I could learn from my mistakes.

    But I don’t think I ever appreciated him as much as I should have until I became a father myself, and he became a grandfather. With my kids he is the loving, doting grandfather everyone wishes they had. He does things like take the time to take them on special trips (like to get ice cream after school) and he makes elaborate home videos of every special moment in their lives. In fact, whenever he is with them he is one hundred percent engaged in what they are doing, thinking and interested in.

    So as a father, my dad has always meant the world to me. And through his example I know I’m a much better father than I likely would be otherwise.

    But as a grandfather, he has meant so much more.

    Happy Father’s Day Dad.

  34. June 19th, 2009 Edward

    My father means a lot to me and I hope I am a good father to my children too.

  35. June 19th, 2009 Bob George

    In 1962 my father went to India and took lots of pictures. He met the US ambasador, a Canadian really- John Kenneth Galbraith, an economist from Harvard. We always felt India had so much potential and it is just now realizing it. We broke down and are converting the slides he took to digital so his great grand kids can see what he saw. If you want to understand what kind of man he was go to the WHYY.ORG website and look up war letters project, Vietnam. He sent me a letter when I came back from the war that captures the feelings of our country, at least what they should be.

  36. June 19th, 2009 MsMonicaS

    My dad died when I was 24 years old. That was more than 30 years ago, and I sometimes wonder what life would have been like had he lived. He and Mom had eight kids, and we all spent our adult lives, getting married, having kids, taking care of Mom in her old age through all these years. What would Dad have been like as an old man? How would he have impacted my kids who never really knew him? I never got to see him through a mature person’s eyes. I was still a kid when he died.

    I think about him every so often and wish that he would have been able to see his grand kids. I wish that he would have been able to see his kids grow up. It’s been so long, it feels like another life when he was around.

    Happy Father’s Day, Dad……

  37. June 20th, 2009 Anne

    My dad is 88, finished college in 3 years so he could fly bombers in WW2, served in Pacific, was shot down but not captured, spent a couple of years sleeping in a tent on those islands. Like so many of the WW2 vets, his sacrifices for his country are amazing. His dedication to country, God, family unsurpassed. We are lucky to had had dads like the greatest generation.

  38. June 20th, 2009 Michael

    There’s nothing better than being a dad!

  39. June 20th, 2009 Eric

    My Dad always had my best interests guiding him-which I didn’t always realize at the time I was growing up but I really appreciate now.

  40. June 20th, 2009 Karen S

    When I was 10 my brother died. My Dad was there to hold my hand through the night while I cried. He was there again during turbulent high school and college years, but I didn’t appreciate his support and for many years and for many reasons I avoided conversations with him. Slowly over the last 20 years, we have both worked to develop a positive relationship. He was there for me when I was layed off from my job and supported me emotionally and finanically as I went back to grad school to get a Masters in a totally different field of work. In 2006 he was diagnosed with tumor in his brain. As he was recovering from his surgery, I held his hand as he learned to walk again. Life is a circle. If we are lucky, we enter this world holding our parents hands. And if we are lucky, they leave this world with us holding their hands.

  41. June 20th, 2009 Mary

    Growing up I remember my Dad as the perfect balance of strength and tenderness. There was nothing he couldn’t do or fix or take care of in my eyes, and yet the softness of his heart was always evident. When in High School I was so proud of my Dad when a new teacher at our school came to me and told me that when he had gone into the bank about a loan, my Dad took care of him and he told me my Dad had been so kind to him that he’d come out of the bank and cried. Thanks Dad for years of strength and kindness.

  42. June 20th, 2009 Nader Mehravari

    My dad lives in a different continent, and therefore, we only get to see him at most once a year. Pictures from his childhood and my childhood act as one of the primary vehicles for my children to learn about him, his life, his interests, etc. And now that we are in the process of digitizing all the old pictures, the memories will last for ever for the next generations.

  43. June 20th, 2009 Kevin S

    I, as well as, my siblings are very lucky to have the father we have. We all know this. As he has gotten older and needs care, his kids are there to help him in every way.
    I hope I can be as amazing of a father as my father is.

  44. June 20th, 2009 Abe Willinger

    My dad always put his children first and did whatever was necessary to do the best for us.

  45. June 20th, 2009 Mikele Jennings

    My Dad was an incredible man, terrific husband, and a loving and giving father. One of the most special things he taught me was to never give up on my dreams. He lives always in my heart!

  46. June 20th, 2009 serge Rondelez

    My dad passed away many years ago. Strange we never appreciate the ones so close and important to us. When they are gone memories flash by and only then do we realize how much we miss them

  47. June 20th, 2009 Anonymous

    I owe my father what I am today and I reflect often on the disciplined, driven person he was. I did not appreciated it fully at the time but I do now.

  48. June 20th, 2009 Joan

    Dad, one month from your 93rd birthday, I wish you a Happy Fathers Day and many more.

  49. June 20th, 2009 amy

    My father has loved me from before I was even born. His unfailing love has shaped every day of my life.

  50. June 20th, 2009 H Wagner

    My dad taught me to think. It sounds odd, but when discussing ideas and issues would purposely take a different point of view than mine. I learned to develop and defend ideas, but also to be open to positions other than those I held. It was an incredible gift. Thanks, Dad!

  51. June 20th, 2009 Theresa Borntreger

    Anyone can be a Father but it takes so much more to be someone’s Daddy. I believe being a Daddy is more about the bond than the blood! My parents divorced when I was only one year old. Having that absence of a father in my life was so painful. I did not understand why my Dad chose to be absent from our lives. My brothers who were older did not understand either. We missed that presence of a father figure. When I was four my mother married a wonderful man who lovingly opened his arms and his heart and loved the three of us like his own. Most of the time when you hear of step parents, you hear the bad stuff about how wicked they can be but fortunately for my brothers and I this was definitely not the case. Rodney took our hands and our hearts and helped guide us through our lives. He often did things for us and bought things for us that Mom wouldn’t have been able to do on her own. He is the kind of Daddy we had longed for. He attended all of our baseball and softball practices, sponsored our sports teams, came to every game, and bragged on us to everyone he knew! He was a proud doting father. A few short years later he and my mother had my little sister. To see him with her as an infant and see how much he loved her was truly amazing not that I should have been surprised because he loved all of us so much. Throughout my adolescence and high school years, I know I was not always the easiest to get along with but Rodney always stood by me and supported me. He was always proud of me and never afraid to express it. He wasn’t just there for me and my siblings…..He was there for all of our friends. We had the kind of household where the more was the merrier! We always had tons of kids over and he and mom would always make sure the kids had a hot meal and if their parents could not afford something as simple as a night at the local roller rink, Rodney would see to it that they weren’t left out! He and mom weren’t wealthy by any means. We lived very modestly but their hearts were rich! Today as I am in my 30s I still look up to and respect this man who raised me and my brothers and loved us as his own. He is such an example of what a father; a Daddy should be. He is an example that all step parents should look to and see that even though the children you inherit from a previous marriage aren’t yours by blood, they are just children who need someone to love and guide them….even when you are met with resistance. It’s the bond that makes you a Daddy.

    On this Father’s Day I honor my (step) Dad Rodney for loving me and treating me as his own! I also honor my Father in Law James who is a super LOVING, KIND, GENTLE man whom became my husband’s step dad when my husband was only 5 years old. He too loved the children from a previous marriage like his very own and is an amazing father. We love you both!

  52. June 20th, 2009 Scott

    My dad has helped me a lot. One thing I remember is learning from him how to repair your own car. I grew up thinking that’s just what everyone did. I didn’t know then it was because we had cheap crappy cars because he was supporting a family of six on one income. Still the skills have been helpful. I called him a few years ago to thanks him for saving me a ton of money doing simpler repairs on my own.

    Thanks and Happy Fathers Day, Dad.

  53. June 20th, 2009 Frank

    My dad was a great father. He was a WWII vet, and always worked hard. He raised a family and was married to my mom for over 50 years. I only wish I could have been a better son.

  54. June 20th, 2009 Candy

    On behalf of my children, I would like to express my gratitude for my husband/their father. It was a long and painful road to finally get to the place where he heard “Daddy” for the first time. He is everything to our family, and I know that there is no better person for us. He provides for us, not just financially, but emotionally, physically and spiritually. He makes us laugh and is willing to cry with us when things just don’t seem fair. We love you very much!
    Signed,
    Candy, Jessica, and Benjamin

  55. June 20th, 2009 Therese

    My father… loving, hard working, dedicated to wife and family, of a generation now long gone…

  56. June 20th, 2009 Mark

    Growing up, Dad was always a bit of an enigma. There are lots of things my brothers and I never knew about him. As we’ve all grown much older (I’m 49, Dad is 79), and I’ve gotten to know more about him, I’ve come to appreciate how hard his life was. He grew up during the tail end of the depression. He was a teen during WWII. He was in the Army during Korea. He worked on farms, then in factories in Des Moines. He supported a wife and six boys on a blue-collar paycheck. He was frustrated from time to time, but never gave up, never questioned his lot in life. He appreciated what he had. He overcame obstacles and kept moving forward. He has lived the life of a responsible decent man.

    He’s an inspiration. He provides a worthy template to follow. I pray I can look back in my twilight years, and feel I’ve done as well.

    Mark

  57. June 20th, 2009 EA Greene

    Just over a decade ago my father lost his eyesight (but not his vision, as he likes to remind us). We’ve been going through all the slides that he had taken and slowly, with the help of ScanCafe, turning them into digital images.

    Of course, there are photos of us, our cousins and our friends as kids. It’s fun to revisit the way that he saw us then and all the funny faces that we made for his camera.

    Far more wonderful are the images of the ways that he pictured/captured my mother and our many adult relatives and friends. There’s a tenderness in his photos. He didn’t always put it in words, but from his photos I realize that he saw (and still sees) all of us in the best possible light.

  58. June 20th, 2009 Amy

    My dad (whom we called Pop, ’cause that’s the kind of guy he was) was one of the happiest and most tolerant human beings I’ve known. We knew that he loved us, and we knew he loved Mom: nothing beats that for a kid’s security. He worked in computers all his life, from back when computers were new, and used to bring us the leftover paper with the holes punched in the sides for drawing.

    When he was 17 or so, he and his buddies went out West. He didn’t get too many more chances to travel, raising a family of five, but those slides of his trip and the stories that went along with them encouraged all of us to try our wings in adventuring. My first trip was to his father’s homeland, Russia, and he loved hearing about our trips.

    Pop was called by many the world’s oldest teenager, and his teenage and pre-teen grandkids used to love to visit his apartment to be fed junk food and watch movies with him. Whenever my sister or I would visit him (he had moved four hours away to be near my other sister and the grandkids) he would be sure to have our favorite goodies on hand! In fact, lots of times he would remember things that I liked that I hadn’t had for years.

    He died quite suddenly and peacefully last Valentine’s Day, just sitting in his rocking chair and falling asleep, and we thought it was such an appropriate day because he had been missing his sweetheart, my mom, for four long years…

    Happy Pop’s Day, Pop. Miss you like crazy.

  59. June 20th, 2009 anonymous

    My dad was as cool as they come. Im honoring him by scanning all the photos I have of him

  60. June 20th, 2009 Jim

    My dad is my role model, my hero, and most importantly, my best friend.

  61. June 20th, 2009 Hao

    Dad,
    Thanks for saving me 10% on my scan order.
    Love,

    P.S. Also thanks for the XBox you got me! But my game library is rather scant. I hope you’ll appreciate all the work I do to organize your negatives and photo albums for you. Love again.

  62. June 20th, 2009 Phil

    My dad often stays in the background, but he can be counted on for witty comments, help whenever needed, a caring smile, and lots of photos. He introduced me to computers and programming when I was eight, and 30 years later I still love both and have found a great career as a programmer.

  63. June 20th, 2009 Donald Mousseau

    My Dad has been gone for 14 years now. I have remembered a couple pieces of advice he often gave me. He called them ” pearls of wisdom”. The first was: “If you stop to think you will think to stop!” The second was if you want to make a major purchase-wait 24 hours and think about it. If you still want it as much and have thought the money angle thru-then purchase it! Thank you Dad-both “pearls” have served me well. Love from your Son.

  64. June 20th, 2009 Ted

    I’m not sure how I feel my father. Probably I would like to avoid to think about him. This blog is good chance for me to rethink about him, again.

    My father lives with my grandfather in my home foreign country. My three children seem to be looking forward to seeing him on long summer school vacation time here.

    My father who is an only child is very gentle person.

    I lost my mother 14 years ago because of cancer, and my father seems to start borrow money from more than ten loan companies (including gray companies). With my suggestion and support, he finally filed personal bankruptcy two years ago. Most of the debt of about $100k went to a co‐signer (his relative) and my father started to repay him from his pension.

    He seemed to consume money of 100k from life and cancer insurances, and pension for my mother (she was a school teacher, and pension has been paid for spouse). Seemed like gamble and pub were the place for the waste. He also borrowed money from myself, his friends, relatives, and finally used public money saved in joint bank account of the community. He finally tried to commit suicide because of threat from debt collectors (it’s common in my home country).

    I think main reason of his wastes is my mother’s death. I can now forgive him that he had done before. At least I would like myself and my children to be the person like him.

    I hope he is happy to see his growing grandchildren every summer time and see pictures of my family periodically sent to him. I just want make him happy, he is my father.

    Most of my image to my father comes from latest 10 years, but I want to remeber my father in my childhood from old pictures.

  65. June 20th, 2009 Ben

    While I got my outgoing personality from my mom and learned a lot about people from my mom, my dad took the time to be there for the key milestones in my life. Teaching me to ride a bike, pitching to me in the backyard when I was afraid of the baseball, sitting in the passenger seat when I was 16 and on and on. He was there for the small moments and the big ones. The first time I think I saw him cry was the day he dropped me off at college which I never expected. Thanks dad for helping me to be the dad I’m trying to be for my daughter.

  66. June 20th, 2009 Matt

    Dad thought me everything I needed for a successful life

  67. June 20th, 2009 Jeff Bader

    My Dad has been gone for 23 years. He was only 56 when he died. I wish he could see me now. I am an educator like he was. My first order from scan cafe had slides of him I took when I was a kid. Now I can see him often right on my desktop.

  68. June 20th, 2009 Jon

    How to describe my father? A ham radio wielding, motorcycle driving, surgeon turned anesthesiologist, acerbic pragmatist, staunch libertarian. But above all, a man who taught me to be independent, resourceful, and focused on my mind as the only thing I could ever have that would get me ahead. I love you Dad! Happy Father’s Day.

  69. June 20th, 2009 Julie Shippy

    My dad tells great stories about his days a a young kid and this makes for good memories for my kids.

  70. June 20th, 2009 Steve Shuey

    It’s very simple, the man I am today is because of the man my dad is now. I can only hope that I can teach my two little boys as well as my dad taught me. Every day, now that I am a dad, I see more and more of my father in me and it is very, VERY, satisfying. I love him!

  71. June 21st, 2009 Martha Sheely

    My Dad has been gone for 25 years. I inherited the job of being the photographer for the family after he passed. Sometimes my family is not always happy I am there with the camera but I take the photos anyway to create the memories. That is what my Dad for us – so many memories we can treasure of times gone by, of family and friends no longer with us… My Dad was my “Knight in shining armor” and his love stays closer to me because of these photos – so I will keep on capturing memories!

  72. June 21st, 2009 James A Baker

    I owe my father everything and love him constantly, even though he left this world many years ago. I am now approaching the age where I will soon join him, or I at least hope so. That is, I hope to join him, but not necessarily soon.

  73. June 21st, 2009 Richard

    Dads Rules:
    1. Always put your tools back when your done with them.
    2. Stay out of the kitchen

  74. June 21st, 2009 K

    Eventhough my father passed away when I was only 12 years…he will be remembered and missed always. He spent all of his free time with me showing me just how much he loved me. My two children and now my grandson are so very lucky that my husband (of 26 years) has all of those same qualities. So, to all of you Daddy’s out there “Happy Father’s Day”!

  75. June 21st, 2009 Monica

    I’ve been Daddy’s little girl for a little more than 40 years. It’s a roll I will always cherish!
    Happy Father’s Day to all!

  76. June 21st, 2009 Paul A. Dupre

    My dad is a caring and generous person. Family is always first and foremost to him.

  77. June 21st, 2009 Brian

    Having a Dad is a wonderful thing that we take for granted. When I was 18 months my father passed of Cancer. It destroyed my Mom to the point that she was unable to care for me. I lived with my Grandparents for a few years. Several years later I went to live with my Mom again. But there was always something empty not having a male role model in my life. When I was about seven my Mom met someone who would eventually adopt me as his own. This person, my DAD, was always there for us and helped me to become the person I am today. He tought me how to work work and of couse, how to enjoy life. I owe him so much gratitude for being who he is and all that he has brought to our lives. I love you Dad for being you and for being there for Mom and I.

  78. June 21st, 2009 Kevin Larson

    This is my first Father’s Day without my Dad. Dad passed to the Lord last November 18, 2008. I miss him very much, but we still have many fond memories of my Dad. Discovering and sorting through all his old slides and photos is keeping that memory alive. Happy Father’s Day, Pa, and know that I love you now and forever! God keep you!!!

  79. June 21st, 2009 Martin Vogel

    My father is from the “greatest generation”. He’s always had a passion for life wear ever he was involved. Photography was one of those great passions.

    About 45 Years ago he purchased his first single reflex camera. He has since photographed in the United Sates and all over the world.

    He turned from doing darkroom developing to producing his own multi projector slide shows with music as a serious amateur.

    His subjects cover, photo journalism, portraits, sports, landscapes, architecture, abstracts, nature and many other photographic specialties.

    For the past two year he has been involved in going through his 75,00 slide collection and digitizing the “keepers” . Last year a friend recommended Scancafe and he has been using them ever since. It will be a great tribute for now and in the future, to his great curiosity and passion for photography. Son Andrew S. Vogel

  80. June 21st, 2009 Allisa

    I have to thank my dad for providing so much for me. Something my dad taught me to appreciate was preserving our memories. My dad treasures our old family photos, and has been working to get them organized. He is the main reason I am going through all of our old negatives now, and getting everything scanned and possibly restored. It will be nice to see all our memories preserved. Happy Father’s Day!

  81. June 21st, 2009 Douglas

    Dad figured out what I need for a good life: a liberal arts education and someone to be there for me when I need help. He (and Mom) provided both. I thank them for it every day.

  82. June 21st, 2009 Terry

    My dad is gone now over 26 years, but I still see him nearly everyday in the way I act and the things I do. He was a great individual, not highly educated in the traditional sense, but teaching me everyday through thoughts and actions. He taught me the meaning of doing the right thing, and doing my best, regardless of other perceptions. While not educated as such, there was not a piece of machinery or equipment he could not tear apart and fix – and that ability he nurtured in me, which is probably why I became an engineer. I remember one of my first toys was a working tool kit and an old television to tear apart – not bad for a 5 year old. Well enough reminders of the past – I live each day in the hopes he would be proud of what I have accomplished.

  83. June 21st, 2009 Marvin Israel

    My memories of my father were positive until I became a mid teenager. When I was young I remember his bringing me a bow and arrow set which of course horrified my mother. I liked taking weekend trips to the New England countryside, sitting in the front of the car. I liked it when we went rowing.

    But when I got older, late teens, my feelings toward my father turned somewhat negative. He was uncommunicative and often bugged me as to why I was depressed. I saw that he was totally unmechanical and socially shy.

  84. June 21st, 2009 Elizabeth

    Growing up, my father was both nurturing and demanding.
    He was my primary care giver until I started elementary school. He gave me my love for the outdoors and my appreciation of the natural world. He also challenged me to be independence and work hard in every aspect of my childhood.
    A daddy’s girl until I hit adolesence. We had a difficult relationship during my teens and early twenties. Instead of mending fences, I announced an unintended pregnancy immediately after graduating from college.
    My father was prepared to let me sink or swim. What surprised him, and completely changed our relationship, was the birth of my son.
    We jokingly refer to my ten year old as “my father in the body of a fourth grader.”
    The two have bonded in a way that no one could have anticipated. Raising a child, so similar in temperment to my father, has given me a fresh appreciation for his strengths and weaknesses.
    In my father, I now see the man I want my son to become.

  85. June 21st, 2009 J. Wilson

    My father is an excellent role model who is always willing to help. And he has an excellent sense of humor which I have been lucky enough to inherit.

  86. June 21st, 2009 raymond sloan

    My dad died 20 years ago in a spring tornado tragedy saving my mother, sister-in-law and her two children. Every fathers day I remember him and what he meant to me and the rest of my family. Although he was not perfect he represented the goodness and love that is necessary to be a good father. Interest in his children, compassion for others, love of family and dedication to community and country. He died protecting his family. He is gone yet not forgotten.

  87. June 21st, 2009 Michael

    My Father died when my kids were young. They do remember their Grandfather, his death, funeral, etc. They have fond memories of him and he was a wonderful grandfather to them.

    I was shooting 35 mm Kodachrome a that time. I have not looked at the slides from that era in a very long time. I recently received my first order from Scan Cafe’ and very much enjoyed seeing the images again.

    I have decided to digitize all my slides so I may enjoy them again and also give my kids (now grown) a connection to that part of their lives, including my Father, their Grandfather.

  88. June 21st, 2009 martin polnerow

    i’m blessed to have 3 great kids. older daughter an exec.at a major drug company, younger daughter in Peace Corp. in Macedonia and son in college persuing a career in business.Today they thanked me for always being there for them. makes my heart swell with pride!

  89. June 21st, 2009 Charlie S.

    Being from divorced parents I never knew my dad very well… and being they divorced before I was 1 and having been raised by my mother I held no animosity towards him; he was just some guy that visited every so often. So on this Fathers Day I thank you Mom – Happy “Fathers” Day! 🙂 and Thanks.

  90. June 21st, 2009 Oleg

    My Father, my father was a quiet man, but always there for me with a kind word, helpful hand and always supportive. Even today many years after his passing when I need advice I talk to him imagining his response that alway put me on a right path

  91. June 21st, 2009 John

    My dad was definitely as example. I hope that I can be a good example to my kids.

  92. June 21st, 2009 Ahren

    My Dad has always been there for me, and I have always counted myself the luckiest daughter in the world for having him. I can remember jogging in the rain with him when I was young, throwing around the football he got me for Christmas when we couldn’t afford much more, being comforted by him when I was 12 and my Mother passed from cancer. Seeing the pride on his face at my accomplishments, and the commiseration at my defeats. He has shared his experiences, and always been there with good advice. To me every day is Father’s day, as I can never honor him enough for all that he has added to my life.

    I love you Dad!

  93. June 21st, 2009 HP

    My father was my greatest inspiration. I have spent my whole life trying to be like him.

  94. June 21st, 2009 Allyn

    My dad died when I was just a little girl, and the memories I have and the photos are very precious to me. He loved his family, and we missed him terribly after he died.

  95. June 21st, 2009 John

    Some of my favorite memories of my Dad are:
    – watching him walk on his hands at picnics and parties. All the change would fall out of his pockets, which he let the kids keep.
    – hiking the Grand Teton Mountains with him, fighting through snow-covered trails, avalanche strewn trees and gasping for air as the altitude challenged us.
    – driving across country in the family station wagon when the monotony was suddenly broken by a song we all enjoyed played on our AM car radio (e.g. Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean)

  96. June 21st, 2009 John Hyde

    My father died when I was 14 years old, but I remember him as a gentle, compassionate man with a deep religious faith. He began each day with a brief personal prayer at the breakfast table where my siblings and I were expected to be in our places by 7:30 am. The prayers were not prepared in advance or written out; they referred to our family life and to events of the coming day, especially birthdays. I celebrated my tenth birthday in June 1940 but to my surprise the event was not mentioned that morning. Instead, my father prayed for France where he had been wounded in the trenches of the western front in the “Great” War of 1914-1918. It was in mid-June of 1940 that the French armies were retreating before the onslaught of the German Wehrmacht. and to avoid total collapse, the French government asked for an armistice. Despite my disappointment that my birthday had not been mentioned, I knew that something very important and very sad had happened and had caused my father to forget my birthday. That prayer by my father was the first time I was made aware of events outside of the comfortable world of small-town America, events that were to shape the world in which I grew up.

  97. June 21st, 2009 B

    My stepfather was a classless, alcoholic loser. He showed me how not to parent.

  98. June 21st, 2009 Tsutomu Sasaki

    My father passed away this month three years ago. Everytime I visit his grave, I miss him more. When he was alive, we did not talk each other so much. Now I talk to him more when I visit his grave. He was a good man and loved me and his family so much.

  99. June 21st, 2009 Mike Kornely

    My dad made the best chocolate milk in the world. That’s an accomplishment that means something to a kid. He was a business man who bottled and sold really good dairy products to thousands of growing families, provided jobs and livelihoods for forty families and a dozen or so farm families for thirty years.

  100. June 21st, 2009 Alex Dehgan

    My dad was my hero. He sacrificed everything in his life to move to the US so I could have an education here and grow up in a free country. As an Iranian-American, I understand how much he gave me.

  101. June 21st, 2009 Donald Mcgavin

    I appreciate my father because he was responsible for my receiving a College education. He encouraged me and both he and my mother made the financial sacrifice necessary. As a result, I was later able to go on to graduate school and have an interesting and stimulating life. He always said that he never wanted me to “have to obey a whistle” as he did.

  102. June 21st, 2009 Kim Wilt

    I lost my dad to cancer just before father’s day last year. Last year father’s day was so tough emotionally and we were just trying to cope with our loss. This year is still very tough but I found that I could more clearly reflect on my dad and his life. Since I can’t buy my dad a gift this year, I decided the best gift I could get for him would be to scan all of the photos from his early life that are still in boxes and then to create scrapbooks to honor him and to create a detailed memory of his life for my children and the future generations. My dad was the typical dad of the 70’s. He worked very hard every day of his life to provide for his family and so that my mom could stay home to raise us. He was always very strict but also trusted us to make good decisions. He wasn’t always the easiest person to get along with but we always knew he loved us. I don’t think I truly appreciated my dad until I became a parent and realized how hard it can be. Then I met a whole new side of my dad when he became a grandfather, Papa as my kids call him. With all the pressure of supporting a family gone, he was able to truly enjoy the babies. He loved his grandkids with all his heart and it brought so much joy to me to see him interact with them and the joy that they brought to his life. When my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2007, I learned about yet another side of my dad. My dad was always strong, the man of hte house, the disciplinarian, etc. but, we used to tease that when he got a cold he acted like a baby. We all feared that he would have a very difficult time with his battle against cancer and make it very difficult on all of us. Much to my amazement, he was the bravest and best spirited cancer patient I have ever seen. He opened up in a way I had never seen. He never complained about his treatments or pain, he only complained about not wanting to leave us. When he was diagnosed and was given 6 months to a year to live, he said “I just want a year” and we sure hoped he would get that. He battled hard until the end and survived for 11 months. The 11 months that we shared together were probably the best 11 months of our lives. I know it sounds strange but for the first time we truly opened up to each other. He told us all how much he loved us and for a man of few words this was huge. We were also able to tell him how much we loved him. He laughed and smiled and enjoyed every minute he had with us as we did with him. He came to every event he could for the kids from the first day of school to sports events and school plays. He was so proud of his grand kids and wanted them to know that. I saw my dad cry for the first time and I saw just what an amazing and brave man my dad truly was. He may be gone now but he will never be far from our thoughts and our hearts. By being so brave he allowed us all to cope with losing him by being able to talk openly about what he was going through. Today we will enjoy looking through old pictures and laughing at the good times we had together. We will honor him each in our own way. My way is submitting this order and committing to creating a scrapbook of his life. I know he is watching over us today and wishing he was here to laugh with us and enjoy his favorite BBQ meal and a good beer. We love you and miss you dad!

  103. June 21st, 2009 Sammy Z

    Recently my father was diagnosed with lymphoma. It was the first time I ever thought of him as mortal, and it scared me to death. since then has been a horrible and trying 3 months, but… it looks like the cheemo is starting to work, thank god.

    I wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone, but it has done so much to bring us closer as a family and allow me to realize that which is most important in life (namely him, and my mother). To deal with something like this is never pleasant, but to deal with something like this and be able to come out and see the light on the other side… well that’s almost a blessing in disguise.

  104. June 21st, 2009 john ruffner

    my father suffered a massive stroke over 20 years, but nothing could stop him from doing what he loves. even though he’s paralyzed on one side and can barely speak, he goes to the gym every day to swim, he goes hiking and sailing at every opportunity, and he even traveled to Israel to visit the holy land. my dad is an inspiration of determination.

  105. June 21st, 2009 Paul

    My father set a wonderful example of helping others. He taught me to work hard. He is a great example to me now and when I was young. Through taking trips with him and my mom, I learned to love the mountains, hiking, fishing, camping and backpacking.

  106. June 21st, 2009 kinley reddy

    This is the first year that my Dad has not been here on Father’s Day (he died last September). As time went on I appreciated how much he provided for his family despite many physical setbacks. In recent years we talked on the phone several times a week and became friends as well. Not being able to pick up the phone and talking with him and solving all of the world’s problems has been difficult, but it does make me reember the very special relationship we had.

  107. June 21st, 2009 lori

    I am who I am because of my father. Though distance has separated us for over 25 years and I have my own family and kids now the love between us is always there. He is still my “daddy” and I am still his little girl.

  108. June 21st, 2009 Robin Mountford

    My father has taught all of us to care about others. He has worked hard all of our lives and now that he is in retirement, he spends all his time helping others. He drives cancer patients to doctor appointments, runs errands for home-bound people, orchestrates bingo at a nursing home, and many many other things. He always things of his family and friends before himself. He is an incredible father and person!

  109. June 21st, 2009 Bryan

    When I was young, my parents divorced and my father fought for custody (very uncommon in those days). He won sole custody of his 3 boys and for the next 10 years, managed to hold down a more-than-full-time-job and take care of the three of us who are all within 18 months of age of one another. He did this without a nanny or day-care.

    We didn’t have a lot of money, but the memories of my childhood are happy ones – spending time together with grandparents, vacationing when we could, and learning to do all the things my father did like fix motors and such.

    Now that I’m older and have my own children, I realize what a tremendous sacrifice he made for us. He could have taken the easy route, but he choose to fight for his kids and do his best to raise them himself.

    I recently found an old box of slides from my childhood that my father had kept in the basement – pictures I’ve never seen before. I’m so excited to have found Scancafe to digitize these pictures so that I can relive my childhood memories and share these photos with my brothers.

  110. June 21st, 2009 Michael Maldonado

    I’m in a unique situation but not uncommon.

    Please keep in mind some of us grew up without fathers. I think we have all heard the stories and reasons why, so no need to go into details.

    My father and mother had eight children, I was the seventh of those eight. Our dad left when we were very young and never seen from again. Mothers day was always fun but Fathers day was always awkward. However, several years back my older sister suggested that on Fathers day we should celebrate our mom because she took on the role of Mother and Father.

    Our mom gets honored twice a year. We get her gifts and cards for both mothers day and fathers day. The way we figure it is mom stood by us durring a very difficult period. Celebrating our mom durring fathers day is just another way of saying thanks for standing by us.

  111. June 21st, 2009 Synthia de Saussure

    My father, taught me so much about life; the thrill of trying new things such as camping, bike riding, skiing, travel and one of my favorite hobbies, photography.
    He enjoyed life and had a great sense of humor. His smile and laugh still resonate in my memories of him.
    My dad died 16 years ago, at the age of 65. Thank God he retired when he was 55 and was able to enjoy 10 years of sailing in the Bahamas during the winter and living in the mountains of Southern New Mexico in the summer.
    The one thing I regret is that my father is not here to meet my husband and our two sons (one who is 22 months old and the second who is due in November). I pray that he is in Heaven and able to enjoy it all from that great place.
    I miss you dad!

  112. June 21st, 2009 Chris Dame

    My father was a man who struggled all his life to overcome his limitations. The gift he gave me and his other children was a love a family, a strict personal moral code, a love of learning and exploring, and the ability to be quiet and listen to others.

  113. June 21st, 2009 Peter

    My father taught me what was important in life.

  114. June 21st, 2009 Dave Lohrmann

    Over his entire lifetime, my father work so hard for his family. He sacrificed all his free time to ensure his three sons have a roof over their head, food on the table and money in the bank to pay for college. Now that my father is retired, I want him to enjoy his sons and all his grandchildren.

    We plan to use these scans and all the other wonderful photos to make a wonderful memory book for him.

    Thank you Dad.
    We love you.

  115. June 21st, 2009 Robert Hull

    My father made me what I am today and I can see him in my children’s laughter. He was truly a great man.

  116. June 21st, 2009 Donna

    My dad is the rock that I cling to. The one steady influence I have had in my life. He’s like a great big kid now but I still see bits of that super kind man that everyone loved.

  117. June 21st, 2009 Steve

    I was adopted by my “dad” when I was 8. He was a real project guy. We did all kinds of things together from rebuilding old cars to remodeling our homes. He showed me how to do these things, and gave me confidence. He was great to my kids. They would be silly together. Something he did not do when I was young. It made him happy. Me too. He died a while back and now we visit is grave, sit for a while and think about him. I never felt like an adopted son, just a son.

  118. June 21st, 2009 pfortnam

    Here’s a poem I wrote for my family to celebrate my father.
    Open Window at Night

    What’s the greater strength . . .
    Be honest, fair with others,
    Even those who are not.
    Be unafraid deep in the woods,
    Lack panic on Boston Common, late at night?

    What can any child claim from a specific parent;
    Mother—earth and sun? Father—wind and fire?
    High value characteristics come from both
    As do a few behaviors to try to leave behind.
    It’s a puzzle.

    Many men are strangers to ideals;
    Failing at the notion, lying at the mention of core values
    (women sadly, too, walk the same gutter).
    Countless don’t even try.
    I seek to be a man of honor – integrity.
    Alas my actions have not always rung true, either.

    So too are many men timid outdoors.
    If the climate turns away from
    A gentle rain or air-conditioned sunshine.
    Geography off the concrete sidewalk
    Beyond the street light and cell signal
    Overwhelms them.

    Your sons aren’t that.
    Neither are your granddaughters.

    I remember you in the rain at Dolly Copp
    Trenching a ditch so the tent wouldn’t flood.
    Hunkered down under a poncho on the Carter Dome Trail,
    Waiting out a storm with us.
    Walking twelve miles in the 1978 blizzard to tend to family.

    You gave me the out-of-doors, Dad.
    I am able to see a moss covered boulder
    Deep in the moist forest
    Near a spring growing into a brook
    Just down from the mountain ridge.

    I am suffused with mountaintops;
    Woods, the desert, night, and rain:
    Snow, sun, water, trees, wind, earth, cloudy days,
    Grass, leaves rustling, shooting stars, blue skies.

    I imagine you trying to say,
    “Feel the rain, the sun, the earth – boys.
    It’s the same on Beacon Street
    As it is on the trail to Ranger Pool.
    Be smart, not afraid wherever you go.”

    You might have wanted to say,
    “Breath it in, sons.
    Be often out-of-doors.
    Love the outdoors.
    It’ll be your most valuable inheritance.”
    I don’t recall any words spoken like that,
    Your actions were loud and clear, though.

    What is the greater lesson?
    How to stand in front of the mirror, content
    With the acceptance of a work in progress
    Or stand on the edge of a cliff, buffeted by the wind
    Seeing the storm move up the pass
    With confidence and awe.

    The out-of-doors means something to me
    As does trying to do the right thing.

    You tried to do the right thing in your life
    I do, too.
    You like being outdoors
    I do too.
    You like sleeping with the window open
    I do, too.

    epilogue:
    Ten degrees above zero cold
    Nights with the window open, bold
    Protected by the feat of five blankets deep.
    That my friends is a good night’s sleep.

  119. June 21st, 2009 James Milton

    Dad valued his family above all else. He believed an education was the most important thing he could give to his children (both my parents were school teachers).

  120. June 21st, 2009 Gary Kuntz

    My dad passed away many years ago. And as a avid horsemen he would be proud of our youngest daughters love of horses and her natural riding ability, the ability to train horses, and compete at a high level in jumpers.

  121. June 21st, 2009 Chuck Treloar

    I miss my Dad but have many fond memories. I especially remember all the great times we had on Fathers Day at “the river”.

  122. June 21st, 2009 jeannette

    I just love watching my father play with my three children. He didn’t play with me like he does with them as I was growing up; so I love to see the carefree side of him.

  123. June 21st, 2009 stephens

    My dad is great with my girls. He makes the ranch a fun time.

  124. June 21st, 2009 Alex

    When I was growing up, my dad was the leader for my Boy Scout troop. We’d spend tons of summer weekends out hiking in the woods, or canoeing down whitewater rivers, or crawling thorough caves. We always brought a camera with us, and I can’t wait to get scans of all our old negatives and relive those memories.

  125. June 21st, 2009 Bonnie Nuendel

    In looking through the slides we’re sending to ScanCafe, I came across one of my dad 34 years ago holding his first granddaughter. That granddaughter recently provided his first great-grandson. And so it goes; what my dad started 60 years ago just continues like a river.

  126. June 21st, 2009 John McAuley

    My dad taught me that all men have their struggles but all men have it within themselves to overcome. He was a living example of that. He loves his sons and we have many great memories of him.

  127. June 21st, 2009 Felix J. Subervi, III

    I wrote a note about my dads memeories of his experiences as a POW during WWII, and that the Lib. of Congress had made a recording of this interview. It was in that recording that I found out many of the experiences my father went through during his captivity, which he had never shared. I would like to ask Scan Cafe, to send you the DVD of his interview from the Lib. of Congress. I will send the original to them and they can reproduce it and send it to those that request it. It is something to share with your children and grandchildren. I am sure there are many others like this.

  128. June 21st, 2009 Brad

    My dad is a wonderful grandfather. He loves spending time with our kids and is an integral part of their lives.

  129. June 21st, 2009 Becky

    Just like my dad, I have many interests and hobbies. He died in 1993. If I was granted one wish, I’d like to bring him back to life for one day. No doubt that he’d be fascinated by current technology and news: internet, cell phones, 9/11, and President Obama.

  130. June 21st, 2009 Pete Manos

    Even though my Dad has been gone for 14 years, I still miss him every day. My own 3 year old daughter today asked me: “Daddy, where is your Daddy?”. She continued: “I wish he was here to play with us and help take care of me.” I broke down in tears and tried my best to hide it from my daughter since it’s hard to explain that although my Dad was great, he blew it all by smoking 2 packs of Marlboros a day for 50+ years.

    I miss him; I love him. I guess he still loves me since he just saved me an additional 10% at ScanCafe. His sense of humor still lives on every in my memories.

    I miss you and I Love You Dad!

  131. June 21st, 2009 John Koen

    The man I call my father is my adoptive father. He married my mother after her divorce, when I was 7, and treated my brother and me like we were his own children. Shortly before I turned 8, he told me he’d like to adopt us as his sons, but wanted my permission. I said yes. He and my mother had 2 more sons, but I think of all of them as my brothers.

    He took care of the family when times were tough, set an example for us to live as he believes is right, and supported us as best he knew how. On this Father’s Day, I want to thank him and say “I love you, Dad.”

  132. June 21st, 2009 Matthew DeMaio

    This week I hung in my entrance hallway two sketches my father made of a telescope he built for my brother and me in our Brooklyn apartment more than 30 years ago. It was an audacious venture – a man and two pre-teens building a 6′ long telescope in their kitchen using scrap plywood and plumbing hardware. But the funny part looking back is that it seemed completely normal. That was my father’s gift to us – the sense that passionate – even outrageous – pursuit of curiosity should be the rule rather than the exception in life. I remember that lesson every day when I pass those drawings. I miss you Dad.

  133. June 21st, 2009 Steve Shuey

    As I spent my 2nd father’s day with my 2 little boys I just have to reflect on how much my dad taught me. The lessons my boys Grandfather left with me will soon be passed to them and for this I am grateful to him.

  134. June 21st, 2009 Karl Wolf

    My dad has always been there for me and is still an integral part of my life. I cannot resist torturing him though by going on multi day hikes in a rain forest (no that Nautica jacked is not a real rain jacket) and taking him on “moderate” hill rides in the Rocky Mountains.

  135. June 21st, 2009 Paul G Brown

    Dad-

    I always knew you would get older, but I never liked to think about it. You and mom were always the rock I could turn to. When I messed up, when I needed advice on life and “adult things” you were there and still are. To me, the thought of losing you was unfathomable. I knew it would happen, but I didn’t like to dwell on it.

    When you went into surgery last week, I knew it was going to be a life changing event. No longer could I hide from the reality that you were getting older, and yes, I might lose you one day. Seeing you in the hospital bed with all of the tubes running in and out, and watching you as your mood changes from day-to-day, I find that I am not as scared as I thought I would be. Instead, I feel honored that I am able to care for you like you did for me all of these years. In a strange way, it is like a gift. A gift that although unfortunate, is a reality of life. A gift that allows me to care and give back everything that you gave to me.

    In anticipation of Father’s Day, I scanned in some of our old pictures until I found the perfect image of you and I being happy together. Even though the picture is from 1983, and your hair has long since turned white, and I have long since lost my boyish face, I still see the family love that is timeless. When you wake up in the hospital bed, I want you to see this picture on your wall and remember how I will always love you.

    It is for this reason, I am committed to scanning even more of our memories and preserving that love in a medium you love so much. Growing up as a photographer’s son, in the shadow of Kodak headquarters, has given me pictures that I will cherish for a lifetime. Even when you are gone, I will always have your pictures to remind me of you.

    And, by the way, I’m not ready to give up on you yet! I know that this hospital stay will only be temporary and that you’ll be our of bed, camera in had, making even more memories for years to come.

    All my love, and best wishes,
    Your son,
    Paul

    It is for this reason that I am embarking on scanni

  136. June 21st, 2009 Lucy Orzechowski

    I love my dad and I truly appreciate all the things that he provides for our family and the sacrifices that he has had to make to support and care for our family. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are simple summer nights playing basketball in our driveway or trying to learn the secrets of soccer from my dad. I love my dad and I am truly blessed with a wonderful family.

  137. June 21st, 2009 Dan

    Learn about yourself and then value others, state your opinion, stand up for yourself, know that I’m there when you need me. What more can a Dad teach you?

  138. June 21st, 2009 Sherry

    My parents divorced when I was four years old. My mother has always placed her needs before all else, but my Dad has always been a steady rock for me; he has always made me feel like a special princess worthy of having it all. I found ScanCafe so that I can take Dad’s old slides of me as a child and remember my Dad. He is now 82-years old, not moving as fast, not hearing as well, not remembering as much ~ but he is still my rock, and I love and cherish every day I have with him.

  139. June 21st, 2009 Linda Sattgast

    My dad was my biggest cheerleader. When I was young it used to embarrass me that he would proudly ask me to play the piano for guests. Later, when I became a children’s book author, he would carry my books around with him and show them to anyone who would listen—even a store clerk, or gas station attendant. Now I understand—there’s no greater gift a dad can give than to have pride in a son or daughter.

  140. June 21st, 2009 Grace Chan

    My dad is the most important person in my life. He is my role model and taught me to that there is a good side to every situation.

  141. June 21st, 2009 Doug Wilson

    My dad’s greatest gift to me was showing me how to be a good father. He was someone who always led by example. He worked hard and always treated others with respect. He was always positive and made sure the language he used reflected his principles and values. It was in his failings that he showed his true character and how to persevere. He didn’t have all of the answers, but he knew how to challenge me and draw out my latent skills. In the end it will be his love and I remember and cherish most.

  142. June 21st, 2009 Vincent Andaloro

    This was written by our son to his dad, Vincent.
    My dad is the best because he has helped me to hear. He bought me the best hearing aids, and drove me every day to a special school where I learned to listen and talk. Now I am 10 years old, and I go to a regular school and I am just like all the other kids, except I wear hearing aids to listen. I love my dad because he works hard so that I can always have everything I need to do my best. Love, Michael

  143. June 21st, 2009 Jim Cameron

    My dad was a great man.

  144. June 21st, 2009 Nedra Johnson

    My dad is the best for many reasons but one that sticks out is his incredible dedication to pursue my passion and love for horses. As a child my dad would take me riding, helped me earn a horse and encouraged me to do what I love. Now, I am grown up and have a career with horses. I owe that happiness and success to my dad. Dads are the bestest.

  145. June 21st, 2009 AC

    My father was in his fifties when my little sister and I were born. He died when I was 14 after suffering from poor health for quite some time. I saw in him many qualities I try to emulate and a few I don’t. I’m thankful for the things I’ve learned because of him.

  146. June 22nd, 2009 diane

    He was my inspiration when he was alive, and now he is my inspiration – 6 feet under

  147. July 31st, 2009 Theresa Borntreger

    Who had the most inspiring stories and were chosen for free orders?

  148. August 11th, 2009 Sam Allen

    Hi Theresa,

    Karen Straw, Felix Subervi, and Paul Brown were our winners here, and received free orders. Honorable mention went to EA Greene.

    thanks for asking,
    Sam

  149. August 24th, 2009 Michele

    Well I never met my dad. I searched for him in my teens and met my father’s son and daughter. He left them when they were young as well. My brother turned out to be a good guy so in him I’m sure there is something good of our father who served his country. I had a few father figures growing up: grandfather, uncles, and even my best friend’s dad. My mom also passed on the lessons of her dad, my grandfather, growing up. I wish there was a service to merge all those faces into a single photo because they’ve all passed along a lot of lessons about living life to its fullest and dedication. I have two advanced degrees, stayed out of any truly embarrassing trouble, own a home, and give back to my community. I think even without a dad, they all did a great job.

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