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Father's Day - Daniel Turner's Blog

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Father's Day


Blog Posted:6/17/2017 11:47:00 PM

How quickly the years slip away. It wasn't until I became a dad, that I realized how hard it is to be a dad. 22 years ago, I watched cancer destroy my dad's body and eventually take his life. Other than losing a son, it was the poems/sad'>saddest day of my life. My relationship with my dad was tenuous at best, for many years. He was a strict disciplinarian and I was a free spirit, so naturally we clashed. He taught me, there is a very fine line between fear and respect. It is easy to get the two confused, especially when you are young..He was a God fearing man who read his Bible every night before he went to bed and did his best to live that lifestyle. We butted heads for many years. There was even a time when I harbored ill feelings toward him. His discipline was ruthless. These days they call his kind of discipline abuse. He wasn't the kind of dad that would praise you when you did right but he was quick to point out when you were wrong. His answer for everything was, "pray about it" At the time, that answer to me was unacceptable. I accused him of not living in the real world. My how times can change one's perspective. Now in my twilight years, I have so many regrets about the way I treated my dad. Just thinking about him makes me emotional. I miss my dad so much. I wish he was still alive so I could tell him how sorry I am. We weren't the kind of father and son that ever kissed or even hugged for that matter. That was left up to my mom. If he were alive today, I would hug him and give him a kiss. When he laid in his casket, cold to the touch, I leaned over and kissed his forehead. The only time I ever kissed my dad. Now, I can honestly say, I loved my dad

 So this Father's Day, I would like to wish all of you dads out there A happy Father's Day. Give your kids a hug, sons and daughters, and tell them you love them and how proud you are to be their dad. I tried to write a poem about Father's day but I just couldn't find the words. I wrote a poem a while back entitled, "Perseverance" that was dedicated to my dad. It's the best I have to offer. It's not easy to be a dad but it has been the most rewarding experience of my wasted life. Thank you, dad and Happy father's Day. 

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Date: 6/19/2017 1:22:00 AM
Your story is so sad Daniel thanks so much for sharing:-) ... my son sent hubby a card from London ... it was addressed to 'dad' and then our address I find it really cute! he did the same thing for me on Mother's day but of course he called me 'mum lol!:-) hugs Jan xx
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 6/19/2017 8:12:00 AM
Having my son is the BEST thing that I have ever done!!! As for my father, neither my mother nor I have grieved - will say no more some things are best left in the past:-( hugs jan xx
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Daniel Turner
Date: 6/19/2017 8:04:00 AM
This year I received phone calls, which I prefer. Sounds like you have a wonderful son. You must have done something right:) Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog, Jan.
Date: 6/19/2017 1:15:00 AM
Sometimes, it's too late before we realise the true worth of a person, DT:( I'm glad to have a very supportive dad:) hope you had a great time yesterday:)
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Date: 6/19/2017 8:02:00 AM
You know, I was only beginning to find that out when he passed away. Thank you, Jo. It rained here but it was still a great day:)
Date: 6/18/2017 8:29:00 PM
Hi Daniel,..Your story, sadly, is not uncommon. As children we need assurance from a parent that we are valued and loved. It is not until we are grown, and have matured, that we come to understand that our parents are products of what they were taught. Often imperfect people, who maybe did their best to raise us the only way they knew how. It is generous and understanding of you to see your childhood with a new slant, and feel your own regret for something that wasn't your fault. What is the greater gift, is this example for others to learn, so the pattern isn't repeated. Expressions of love come in many ways. We must not waste a moment to show love and spread it generously. :) Happy Father's Day to you too !
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Daniel Turner
Date: 6/19/2017 8:00:00 AM
That is why I said I didn't know how hard it was to be a dad until I was a dad. For me, that is where the understanding began. I guess I broke the pattern because I did not hit my children. I still say some of it was my fault, I knew what I was doing. Thank you Mrs Carrie, You are such a sweet lady:)
Date: 6/18/2017 2:31:00 PM
Right on, Danny. Great blog. : )
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Date: 6/18/2017 2:53:00 PM
Thank you, Doug. Happy Father's Day:)
Date: 6/18/2017 1:35:00 PM
You have touched my old heart with this one my friend. As we ourselves are not perfect we should understand that our Dads were not too. Simply beautiful and heart touching blog, my friend.. Happy Father's day to you and to ALL fathers.. I have missed my father every day since his death in 1969. I am 63 now and I would still take his advice on just about anything , over that of my own..
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/19/2017 7:47:00 AM
You were not a bad son my friend. Sometime things like that happen between fathers and sons. Blessed are they that both live and learn to make amends. As I saw happen with my cousin and his father long ago. The son matured, saw his father in a new light and together they became as it should always be--having deepest love for one another.
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Date: 6/18/2017 2:24:00 PM
Yes, I miss his guidance and his wisdom. He was a good dad, I was a bad son. Thank you, Robert. Happy father's Day:)
Date: 6/18/2017 9:00:00 AM
My father was always physically present but emotionally absent. Trouble was so was I. But I'm glad to say not a day goes by now that my teenage son doesn't unsolicited say to me "I love you, dad!" whenever I leave the house or go to bed, and that means the world to me. I know my dad loved me just like yours loved you, Daniel. Happy Father's Day, mate!
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Daniel Turner
Date: 6/18/2017 9:44:00 AM
My sons tell me all the time too. I took the things I did like about my dad and put them with the way I thought I would have liked to been treated and that is how I raised all of my children. They all have no problem showing their emotions toward me:) Thank you, Keith and Happy Father's Day.
Date: 6/18/2017 8:23:00 AM
Daniel, Your love for your father comes through very strongly. I believe that there are so many unspoken words that are known by the receivers, if only unconsciously. Believe that your dad hears you now. Happy Fathers Day!
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:34:00 AM
Thank you, Mrs Kathleen. We live and we learn.
Date: 6/18/2017 7:58:00 AM
Daniel, what a warm, tearful and loving story.
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:06:00 AM
Happy Father's Day, Craig:)
Date: 6/18/2017 1:30:00 AM
that is a sad story, Daniel. To never have kissed your dad before that day! I did not grow up with my dad and my stepfather was not affectionate. It's sad to not enjoy both of one's parents equally. But it seems almost to be the norm in this country! Happy Fathers and I hope there are a lot of good ones out there in the world!
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:06:00 AM
He was from that "greatest generation," Andrea. Men simply didn't hug and kiss their sons. Thank you for the Father's Day wish:)
Date: 6/18/2017 1:28:00 AM
I was blessed with a good father, especially considering the childhood he went through. My respect with how he still honored his ‘parents’ both growing up and as an adult. This remains one the greatest examples of forgiveness I have seen. You may not have honored your father as you should have in the past, but you heeded the call of conviction’s correction. I like your poem ‘Perseverance’ and this blog. Happy Father’s Day Daniel.
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:04:00 AM
Thank you, Rob. Happy Father's Day.
Date: 6/18/2017 12:01:00 AM
Happy father's day , Daniel ~*
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:03:00 AM
Thank you, Mrs Eve:)

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