Happy birthday Dad…Nany too

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Voltaire

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Today Dad turns 86.
The picture above is of a birthday 82 years ago when dad turned 4.
His mother, my grandmother, Nany, was also born on March the 10th—She was 32 when dad was born providing, most likely, her most memorable birthday gift. Dad was 7 years younger than his big brother, my Uncle Paul who we lost several years ago when he was almost 90, making Dad the baby of the family—with my grandmother doing just that, pampering, babying and sheltering Dad throughout much of his young life.

Nany would turn 118 today—it’s most difficult for me to wrap my brain around the fact that she’s been gone from my life now for so long. She was the formidable one of the family although she stood at just a tad over 5 feet. I’ve written a couple posts referencing her, but she deserves her own story, of which I’ve promised myself to write. She died two years after I was married, the same year mother died. That year, that dreadful year of 1986, Dad lost the two most important women in his life, each within just months of one another. Mother died of cancer at age 53. Nany died from the complications of a stroke at age 88. That left Dad and I, picking up the pieces, all while forging ahead as best we knew how.
I suppose we’re still picking up pieces, he and I—it’s just that the pieces are a bit different these days. . .

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Here’s Dad in a piecemeal football uniform, alongside my uncle, his older brother. After breaking a finger, Nany nixed the football, making him quit. Throughout the remainder of his life, he was never the athlete—however, he loves watching, to this day, his beloved alma-mater, The Georgia Tech Yellow jackets, playing football.

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So Dad, today is all for you!
Here is to hoping you truly enjoy your day. . .
We love you–
Julie, Gregory, Brenton and Abby

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14 comments on “Happy birthday Dad…Nany too

  1. Hi Cookie! Happy Birthday to your father! xo

    • thanks Joanne—He had a good day indulging in his favorite food group–chocolate 🙂
      I’m going to sit down tonight and subscribe to your new blog world via e-mail–I’ve been running around like a crazy person for the past couple of days—tonight should afford me some time to sit down at the computer and sort things out 🙂
      hugs to you—cookie

      • I would love to have you as an email subscriber!
        I love chocolate too 😉
        xo Joanne

      • Joanne- I like the new page but I did not see a link allowing me to follow even by adding an e-mail. I’ll keep playing with it as it might be that I simply am overlooking the following end of things—happy day—Julie

      • Julie,
        I’ll be posting a new story soon. My webmaster worked on my new site with WordPress and I have been assured that I should be in my follower’s readers. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
        I appreciate you keeping me posted!
        xo
        Joanne

  2. ptero9 says:

    Yes, happy birthday to your dad! Great photos!!!
    xxx
    Debra

  3. ytaba36 says:

    What wonderful photos, and memories.

    Yvonne

  4. Lynda says:

    A great tribute to your father. I pray that the day has been a good one for everyone.

  5. Natalie Scarberry says:

    Oh Cookie what a sweet tribute to your dad on his birthday! Hey chocolate on any birthday is a good thing, right?! I do hope you find some time to yourself tonight and enjoy the sweet memories of your Nany and mom. Hugs and love to you, Natalie 🙂

  6. Jenna Dee says:

    Thank you for sharing a piece of your family history with us. I love looking at old photos of days gone by. Happy birthday to your Dad and love to you from Jenna.

  7. Hi Julie! Happy Birthday to your father and thanks for the wonderful pictures and memories! 🙂 I know you know that you need to cherish the time with your father and all the memories!

    god bless you and your father 🙂

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