Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

My daddy, Butch as he is known to almost everyone, is having a birthday today. This is my Daddy and my step-mom at A#1's cookout for graduation. One of the things that my hubby thinks is funny is that I call my dad, Daddy even being as "old" as I am. I have never even considered calling him any thing else. He's my Daddy. I guess it's different for guys, he calls his dad "Dad".

This is Daddy and my brother, Mr Pugsley. He's adopted but we still love him. Even though he is ALOT more spoiled than my sister or I ever have been. That's just a fact people.

My Daddy and A#3 of her 2nd birthday. This is how old I was when my Mom and Daddy divorced. From that time on my Daddy has always been a part of my life. ALWAYS! I can never remember not seeing him for a holiday or a birthday. He would drive up to watch my gymnastics meets or watch me run track or just pick me up and we would go get a chocolate milkshake and play Ms Pacman. Oh there were times I would S-T-O-M-P him in that game but he was always a good sport about it. I can't say the opposite is true because I hate to lose. My Daddy remarried
and they had my little sis and I know there were times that it was a struggle for my step-mom and my sis to have him leave and take away his time from them to come and see me. I try to think about if I were in that place with my marriage and I know it would be hard.

My daddy deserves alot of respect from us all. He served in The United States Army and was actually in Germany when I was born. When he returned home from the service he went to work at our Sheriff's office as a deputy and retired with 28 years behind him. He wore a police uniform for 28 YEARS!!! When he retired he was the Captain of the dept. and the chief over the correctional division. For a long time growing up my daddy watched as his dad, my Popaw, went to work as as West Virginia coal miner and his mom, my Momaw, was a cook. There were tough times for them but they survived as a family. The same year my daddy retired, he started a new career and is still going at it. All those years as an officer has paid off because of the contacts he made and the respect he earned. He now works for a company that services jails and prisons as they stock their canteens etc. He travels all over the east coast to service these prisons so he's on the road alot. Even today he's in Atlanta so we just have to give him a birthday phone call.

Daddy sharing some of his birthday cake a couple of years ago. Daddy I want to say that I love you and I thank you for always being around when you didn't have to. I am proud to be your daughter. Thank you for loving my kids and my hubby the way you do and for being there for them too.

Remember, only real men wear pink!!! And God only made a few perfect heads, the rest of them he put hair on.


Lisa said...

are you ever gonna quit making me cry? By the way don't all southern girls call their fathers "daddy" I do.... Wayne will understand when his angels are grown.....

love ya girl.... this was a good tribute to Butch... we love him

GillespiesGirl said...

Happy Birthday "daddy"! Hope your day is grand! Can't wait to see ya'll again! Love ya!-Leslie

Julie said...

This is such a sweet tribute to your "daddy". Hope his birthday is great! I still call my dad "daddy". Love ya!

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

LOL I love the last line! Matt is mostly bald, he will love it :)

Happy Birthday to your dad!

Rach said...

Happy birthday to your Daddy! :o)

I saw your Mama on Saturday and it was SOOOO good to see her and give her a big ole hug. I can't wait to finally see YOU someday! :o)


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