Oct 19, 2009

remembering dad on his birthday


My dad, who passed away on March 27, 2008, would have been 86 this week. I've written about him before, so this time I just want to share one of his paintings with you.

This one is of Mary Campbell cave, located in the gorge between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Mary Campbell was a young pioneer girl living in Pennsylvania in the mid 1700's who was captured by the Delaware Indians and held at this site. At the end of the French and Indian war in 1764, Mary Campbell was released and reunited with her family.


Mary Campbell Cave
by Samuel Francis Lichi

This spot was within walking distance from our home when I was growing up. It remains a great place to hike and sit on the large rocks and cliffs, imagining the history of the area. When we were kids, we used to hunt for arrowheads here, and once in a while we found one.

Other posts about my dad can be found at tinyurl.com/ylh2kp2 (Every Time it Snows) tinyurl.com/ylknhjj (Father's Day) tinyurl.com/yfunvd7 (My Dad's Glasses)

11 comments:

Shirley said...

{{{hugs}}} Love his smile! How blessed to be able to paint so beautifully! And how blessed you are for having him in your life.

janet said...

thanks for sharing your Dad with us...I too lost my Dad and I miss him everyday...especially when I look at my boys. He would have loved the young men they have become. You are lucky to have his art as a dear remembrance.

Jacquelyn said...

Thank you Shirley and Janet. I forgot to mention this post, which tells of something quite miraculous if you have time to take a look:

http://tinyurl.com/yfunvd7

Pat said...

What a talented artist your Dad was. Do you share the same talent?
That painting is so beautiful, and I know it is priceless to you. How precious to hear how much you loved him and that love has lasted you a liftime. What more could we ask for? You are blessed!

Jacquelyn said...

Pat, I'm falling off my chair...no unfortunately I did not inherit the artistic talent! I'm glad you like the painting. He worked in acrylics. Dad didn't start painting till he retired and it was a hobby that lasted for the last 24 yrs of his life. I miss him so much, but I do know how blessed I am to have had him as my dad. Not everyone gets to have their earthly father for 59 years...God is good.

Rebecca. Harlan, IN said...

What a beautiful way to honor your father's memory and birthday! Thanks for sharing the painting and history behind it! I hope the day has been full of happy memories to accompany the sadness as you celebrate without him here this year....

Jacquelyn said...

Hi Rebecca and welcome home :)

If you get a chance, I hope you will read some of my previous posts about my dad...I think you already saw the one about his glasses...

He sure was a very special man...still can't believe he is gone...but know for certain our separation is temporary and that helps so much.

Have a great day, thanks for commenting :)

They call me "Deb" said...

How beautiful Jacquelyn. What a wonderful gift. I'm glad your dad found the time in his retirement to utilize the artistic gift God created in him.
Thank you for sharing.

Wanda said...

The painting is such a nice thing to have Jacquelyn, not only because your dad created it but of the sentiment it has being so close to your childhood home. Do you own other paintings of his? My dad carved a walking stick and my mother made quilts, I treasure them!

Rebecca said...

I'm so excited to hear about your purse and sandals! Thrifting IS satisfying, isn't it? Re: "Did you pay too much by Rebecca's standards?" Not if it was what you were looking for! And put those sandals somewhere you'll remember for the summer. They sound wonderful.

As you go along in thrifting, you establish your own thresholds for the price you'll pay. Don't worry about what I do - very likely our spendable incomes different - and what we pay for an item may vary accordingly. I don't know......I'm just thankful for the opportunity and "sport" of augmenting my decor and wardrobe (and those of my loved ones) in this way.

Jacquelyn said...

Thanks Wanda, Deb, and Rebecca...
I actually have the 1st painting my dad did..a barn in the winter...I have many other originals (there are 6 of us kids, plus mom, and we all have a lot) ... and also many prints. It's a tremendous blessing...Thanks for stopping by and commenting...(big smile)