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He's My Idol

As a child and also the "middle" child with 3 sisters and 1 brother, the song "Stuck in the Middle with You" has always been one of those songs that brings memories back from my childhood years and beyond. I was the girl you would would stereotype as the typical "Daddy's girl", following him everywhere he went when he was home. He was gone a lot because you see, my Dad was a truck driver. Any of you who have Dads whose jobs involved travel or even just working super long days may very well understand how when you are close to someone, you want to spend as much time with that person as possible.

My Dad is my hero, my idol and my strength. He's the rock that has always been there for me through challenges in life and stood by my side in both good and bad times. I decided to write my first blog about him because of the influence he's had on me.

I don't know how many of you have heard the song by Red Sovine called Daddy's Girl, but that is what I consider our song. The words in this song reflect so many of my experiences with my Dad it brings tears to my eyes. These lyrics from the song remind me of a few of the things Dad and I did together when I was young.

"I recall the day I took you on a fishin' trip,
You said: "Daddy won't that hook hurt the fishes' lip?"
And you said if they don't get air, those things in the can will die.
So we turned the worms all loose and chased some butterflies."

I followed my Dad's career choice and also because a truck driver. Many times after the invention of satellite radio we would call into our favorite radio station and dedicate this song to each other.

Right now I am going through one of the biggest challenges of my life, the possibility of losing my Dad. He was recently diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. It's a debilitating disease that without fail ends in death. Some people afflicted by ALS have slower progressing symptoms and live for many years while others have progressive ALS in which the symptoms come on strong and live for a very short time after being diagnosed. Dad is somewhere between these two. He at first had the slow onset which has now turned to progressive. Day after day I watch him struggle to talk, eat and so many other things he did with ease, that I don't know how I can rid myself of the pain in my heart from seeing him this way. 

Dad is only 70 years young. He's a good man with compassion and tons of love for life, people and everything around him. He's one of those people who will greet you no matter who you are with a huge smile and hello, ask you how you are doing so that you know he really wants to know. It's not just a polite question for him. He is the type of person who will be first in line to help someone suffering, struggling or just need a quick helping hand.

I love this man with all my heart and soul and know it's only a matter of time before he's gone. He won't be gone out of my heart thankfully but it scares me to know he won't be there for me to be able to pick up the phone and call or stop by his house for a visit.

God Bless you Dad. You are my rock in life.

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Fredrick Nijm
Fredrick Nijm | August 17th 2011 at 1313605330

Such an great story and I am so glad you decided to share this with us. Thank you. Welcome to Addoway and thank you for contributing to your first AddoBlog Day :) Fun huh?
Tuckerstuff | August 17th 2011 at 1313605786

Aw, now that's inspiring. I love my Dad, too, with all my heart. I miss him, though, with me in Hawaii, and him in Maryland, it's tough on me sometimes when I can't talk to him.
buyzjewelry | August 17th 2011 at 1313605805

beautiful story!
Digital Designs and More
Digital Designs and More | August 17th 2011 at 1313606158

I know it isn't easy when someone we love so dearly passes on. There is a lot of grief, and lonesomeness that takes time to get past to the point it is tolerable. I also know that with each challenge that comes our way, when we pass that challenge we are stronger for it.
Paws4Critters Pet Stuff
Paws4Critters Pet Stuff | August 17th 2011 at 1313606177

I am you! My dad was in the Air Force; so, he went TDY a lot. Hmmm, maybe I should make some notes abt that & do a blog. I remember the song you mention, as well as "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn.

In 2005, he would've been 65 in October, something he wanted sooo bad. He was gonna retire from working. He passed away July 4th weekend, July 2nd. Long after Viet Nam, the war took my daddy, as he suffered from many complications he acquired over the years due to Agent Orange, which ended his life. I will forever miss him greatly.

OK, now I need a Kleenex! ;) <3 Daddy <3
Indizona Variety
Indizona Variety | August 17th 2011 at 1313611670

Your story touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. God bless you, dear.
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | August 17th 2011 at 1313612466

I too was Daddy's little girl! I will always miss him. Hold yours tight while you can!
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Joyceb | August 17th 2011 at 1313612717

What a great life you shared and what wonderful memories you have to hold as this terrible disease progresses. Keep those times in your heart and thoughts and talk about them often to him. Memories are more precious now and sharing them with each other vital.

My prayers are with you and your family
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | August 17th 2011 at 1313618755

This made me cry, too! My Dad died suddenly when I was fourteen, so the song "Daddy's Little Girl', still can make the tears well up in my eyes.

I did watch my Mom debilitate slowly and it is at times unbearable, but all you can do is take good care of yourself, so you can be strong for him.

Vaya con Dios
LatinaTurk | August 17th 2011 at 1313632839

Thank you for sharing ....
twysp2 | August 17th 2011 at 1313645493

Beautiful sharing..touched my heart. Bless you both!
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Michele | August 18th 2011 at 1313691239

I am jealous to hear your story. My Dad is one of those that doesn't care if he has kids or not. If he can't make a buck because he has a relationship with you, then it's no use.
I hope that your Dad is doing ok. I know these dieases are never the same with two people. It effects everybody different. God Bless you and your Dad.
beachcats_bargains | August 18th 2011 at 1313721146

Prayers sent for your dad and for you! My dad was killed in a car wreck when he was only 53. It's really hard to give them up no matter what the circulstances.

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