December 01, 2006

The First Man I Ever Loved


Becoming a father isn't difficult, but it's very difficult to be a father.
- Wilhelm Busch

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
- Clarence B. Kelland

There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
- John Gregory Brown

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
- Dinah Craik

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
- Sigmund Freud

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
- Enid Bagnold

The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, "Daddy, I need to ask you something," he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.
- Garrison Keillor

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
- Mario Cuomo

There's no pillow quite so soft as a father's strong shoulder.
- Richard L. Evans

You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
- Erika Cosby

I love my father as the stars - he's a a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.
- Adabella Radici

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
- George Herbert

Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee.
- Margaret Courtney

Those who trust us educate us.
- T. S. Eliot

My father was often angry when I was most like him.
- Lillian Hellman

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us.
- Umberto Eco

To her the name of father was another name for love.
- Fanny Fern

The meaningful role of the father of the bride was played out long before the church music began. It stretched across those years of infancy and puberty, adolescence and young adulthood. That’s when she needs you at her side.
- Tom Brokaw

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
- Kent Nerburn

It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.
-Margaret Truman

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
- Jim Valvano

Happy 65th Birthday to the best father anyone could ever ask for.
I may be all grown-up but I'll always be Daddy's Girl at heart.

I love you, Dad!!!

42 comments:

Bearette24 said...

happy birthday to your dad! does he read your blog?

houseband00 said...

You're Dad looks so cool! 65 ba? Parang ikaw nga yung ate nya e. =)

Happy Birthday to your Pop!

Keshi said...

why am I crying now...mebbe cos ur dad looks a bit like my dad and I miss him so much...

Keshi.

zeroimpact said...

Yes... it's easy to become a father but being one takes so much more than mere words

ShadowFalcon said...

Happy birthday Irene's dad :-)

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Fantastic. Happy birthday dad.

kyels said...

Love the quotes; and Happy Birthday to your Daddy dearest!

(:

Masago said...

So sweet. Happy B-Day pops!

Margo said...

Happy Birthday to your daddy!!

-Princess Shin- said...

Oooh.. so sweet.. =) I love my daddy too..

Happy birthday to ur dad!

Maria said...

happy birthday to your dad! He looks young for his age - please let him know that. (and that's no bola)

from one daddy's girl to another,
m.e.

Kris said...

Happy 65th birthday to your father! Mine is turning 67 this year.

krystyna said...

Hi Irene!
You are great doughter!!! Your Dad must be proud of you!
Happy Birthday to your Daddy!!

Claudia said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad...and many more....

CrimsonKing said...

Aww! Your dad looks like a nice man! I hope that when I have a daughter she is as loving and as nice as you, Irene.

wolfbaby said...

Dads are great aren't they...

happy birthday to your papa!!!

slaghammer said...

You are both lucky to have each other.

MerapuMan said...

:) happy bday to daddy

Michael C said...

Happy birthday Irene's Dad!!!

Tom Atkins said...

I dearly hope that my daughter loves me the same way when I am sixty five! A wonderful post! I'm sure he loves you as dearly as you love him.

Tom

thethinker said...

Happy birthday to your dad!

Swishy said...

What a sweet post!

gem said...

Lovely post. You are very lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with your dad. I did not, and it haunts me to this day, now that he's gone.

Mimi Lenox said...

Happy birthday to your father! You both look so young and happy.

terra shield said...

Superb quotes... Happy birthday to your dad!

choochoo said...

you guys look so much alike:)

urban butterfly said...

You are such a beautiful lady!

This post is special to me because I lost my dad in June of this year. He was murdered. I loved my dad so much and I miss him dearly.

There's nothing like the bond between a daughter and her father.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

so glad I stopped by today and got to see this photo with all the great quotes; Happy bday to your papa

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad! That's a beautiful picture of you and him.

Aidan said...

You are making me want to be a dad... just not yet... My dad is the same, awesoem sense of justice and i know will alwasy be there for me. His fashion sence will always embarrass me, lime green to the wedding not great, but this heart will always inspire me.

Thank you for a heart warming post.

Aidan

-Princess Shin- said...

Hey.. away for a while? Hope everything is okay.. take care ya! =)

Tom Atkins said...

My own father turns 75 today, and so this post suddenly takes on a special place in my heart.

krystyna said...

Hi Irene!

krystyna said...

"The First Man I Ever Loved"- great post and great photo.
Good luck and blessings to both of you!

Tora said...

yay! Happy Birthday Dad!

Ianfluenza said...

Hi irene! Thanks for visiting my blog!

And happy bday to your dad too...

Alicia said...

A belated happy birthday to your dad!

Nosjunkie said...

My dad took me on my first date, he came to the door picked me up and took me to dinner he pulled out my charir and then delivered me sefely to our front door, I thought it was weird but at the end of the night he said that as I was now allowed to date and he wanted me to know how I should be treated.
(this all in a very non-hilbilly light)
My dad isnt with us anymore but hes still the most important man in my life.
he taught me self respect.
may your dad have a great birthday.

homo escapeons said...

Ahh so sweet.
It is all true. I have a very hard time letting my daughters
(19 & 21)be young independent ladies..
a part of me wants them to stay my little adoring babies..they were sooo cute.
A Beautiful tribute..HB Pop!

Plus Ultra said...

What a lovely tribute to your father, thats a present no money can buy, that only a daughter's love can create

MerapuMan said...

is everything ok at your place. heard about the 'durian'.

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