Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day

This is a Goloot

With her mouth she does toot

As she dances around

Her foot it does pound

with her fancy and colorful boot

Father’s day is fast approaching and while my father is no longer with us, the memories of days past will live forever.

My father worked a job just like all fathers did, but when he came home he drew, he wrote, and he cartooned.  It was his way to relax and allow the creativity that modern life stunted to flow freely.

When I was 10 years old Dad and I wrote a picture book together. The book detailed fantastical, made up creatures and included an appropriate poem.   The book’s title was “This is a….” I drew, and he wrote the poems to go with the drawings.

You won’t find it in the library since there was no publication.  I mean really, the authors were a gift shop owner and a small child.  It was our book, and as the years passed it sort of disappeared and was lost forever.

The other night as I lay in bed waiting for sleep, I thought of that book. The memories of those long ago days came flooding back when a father and daughter worked together to create something more than just drawings and words. 

So I figured for Father’s Day I would include a new page for the unfinished and missing book.  Although dad has passed on many years ago, I am hoping that he is still watching over me and will appreciate that I have used his whimsical style to write something appropriate.  I hope you enjoy, a new version of…”This is a.”

I am submitting this rudimentary sketch to Sunday Sketches at in memory of my Dad.  Why not visit today!  Thanks Sophia for hosting.  

Happy Father’s Day!


Gail H. Ragsdale said...

My Father passed some 40 years ago. So many regrets of what I wished I had said or done. Gone far too soon.

Gerri Herbst said...

I never knew my dad...
but I think you goloot is a hoot!
take care, gerri

maddyrose said...

You are so lucky to have had that kind of relationship with your dad. What happy momories you must have of him. I love this little goloot and poem and how it honors your father's memory.

craftattack said...

Your galoot is great, and I am sure your Dad will be watching and be very proud of you! Valerie

Netty said...

Loving your goloot, he is such a happy guy. Thank you for sharing your special story. Annette x

Magic Love Crow said...

Crystal this is beautiful and very touching! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! I love Goloot ;o) He is adorable ;o)

amy said...

wow. do you know what?
when i was a little girl my grampa and i made a book like that together.
we drew a little man and this was the poem:

this is it
my name is schmidt
i have some (i'm not sure whether you curse on this blog)
under my armpit.

i LEft the book on the airplane that i rode back home. It was gone. And i was so sad.

i painted schmidt a few years ago (long after my grampa's death) and while the painting belongs to a friend, Schmidt is all mine - and my grampa's.

i'm glad you have a similar memory to cherish.


Wanda said...

Special memories. Love your galoot! How neat that your dad was an artist too.

My Dad passed away when I was 27...Lost the battle to cancer at 57. Lots of good memories.

Missy said...

Such a lovely post.

Christine said...

such a lovely tribute to your dad, my dad has also passed away.

Jehanne's doodles said...

oh this is a lovely post (sob) :)
I am sure your dad is watching you and smiling :)

- hey bro! - said...

What a beautiful memory... ÓwÒ
Love your tribute with Goloot and her poem!

Joni Nickrent said...

Awesome post! Wonderful whimsical Galoot!

WrightStuff said...

I was so moved by what you wrote. I really hope that book turns up again one day.
I'm sure your Father is smiling down in appreciation of the latest addition.

Tammie said...

such a sweet piece
memories and art.

Geckostone said...

Sniff, need kleenex after that post!
Reminds me of times with my dad although instead of drawing, it was camping and fishing! His infuence started my love of nature and art and music at a very young age! I'm sure your dad is smiling down on you and mine too!!!!!

Heather said...

this post made me happy but sad at the same is so short! glad you are bringing the book back, what a great tribute to your dad, big hugs to you today! ( i love the drawing, too)

Melisa said...

I'm sure your dad would love this silly galoot in her fancy boots. I know I do! My dad doesn't have a whimsical bone in his body, bless him, but I love him anyway.

Julia Christie said...

Adorable drawing and poem, and your dad sounds like he was an amazing man! What a special memory!

Wish you the best with this project! It is just beautiful!


Debbie said...

what a sweet way to remember your dad. He sounds like he was an awesome father! Your sketch is adorable too!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

What wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing--Goloot is adorable--I love the boots!

Sophia said...

awww.....sweet memories! :) LOVE your Goloot. Adore the boots. Hugs

Joanne Osband said...

What a lovely story, thank you Crystal. The boots give the the gal pizazz.

Carrie'sCreations said...

What a sweet tribute:) Thanks for sharing your memories.

Shayla said...

I LOVE YOUR DRAWING it is absolutely adorable!!

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