Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Papa

In the phonetic alphabet Papa represents the letter. My dictionary defines ‘papa’ as a noun, meaning father, from the Old French.

I never called my dad “papa” (it has a rather pretentious ring to it unless you have an accent, imo) but I’ll share a couple of things about my dad, who is sadly no longer with me.

He loved cats and would talk like a baby to them, which, being a 6’4” guy often looked – and sounded – ridiculously silly but also rather endearing. 

He read voraciously and annoyed the hell out of me by always reading the last page first.

He found sublime joy in walking along a warm beach collecting shells.

Thanks, Dad.

17 comments:

  1. He sounds like an awesome guy :)
    My other half likes to read the last page of every book I start so she'll know the ending and will tease me about it :P

    Jamie
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    Doing a monumental blog catch-up
    Mithril Wisdom

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    1. see, I don't want to know what happens until I get there, otherwise, I've spoiled the fun - imho.

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  2. HA! Never heard of anyone reading the last page first, but I don't reckon that's too much different from my friend who always eats dessert first.

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  3. I enjoyed your mini-biography of your father. I called my father "Daddy" of all things. THen when I got older it embarrassed me so I didn't call him anything.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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    1. Yeah, I called my dad daddy when I was little then switched over to dad.

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  4. Your papa sounds wonderful. And yes, it would drive me crazy if someone always read the last page first.

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  5. ;) My girls call their dad 'Papa' - with an accent since we live in France and their father's french. They actually I think I'm weird for calling my father 'Dad'!:)

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  6. Awwww your dad sounds like a most amazing man! Thanks for sharing a little bit of him here! Take care
    x

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  7. How nice to feature your dad.

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  8. I lost my mom several years ago and can relate...it's the little things we miss isn't it? I'm enjoying this A-Z challenge...now I'm thinking about piggy backing your post as I've not come up with my "p" yet...my brother calls my dad "pops." hmmm

    take care,Kate (

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  9. My dad is Popa. Yes, I know that isn't the 'correct' spelling (whoever decided that anyway?). I refuse still to this day, as a 47 year old, I will always write 'Popa' on any correspondence or reference to him. Sound it out people!

    Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge!
    Giggle, Laugh, Cry

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  10. Your dad certainly showed his "teddy bear" side. Wonderful nuggests about what surely sounds like a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing these tidbits with us today.

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  11. Aw, the big guy had a soft spot for cats. That's awesome. My dad's still with us and going strong, but he's in his mid eighties now, so I know the time left is precious.

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  12. Sounds like he had a soft side.

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  13. You were fortunate. I never knew my father although I did speak to him once. Yes, you were very fortunate!...:)JP

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