Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sentimental Sunday ~ Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, Jerry Pendergraff.

You were taken far too soon!

I have wonderful memories of my dad and I can say that he was my best friend as a child. He was the most amazing, funny, practical joker I have ever known. I got my sense of humor, my sometimes too big heart, my willingness to put others needs before my own, from him.

My dad built homes from the ground up with his own two hands. He used to take me along on the weekends and during the summers to his jobs. When I was little I was a gopher, Cis go fer this wrench, go fer that hammer! As I got older he taught me things like the proper way to paint, to do plumbing, put up sheet rock, change the oil in my car on my own. He wanted me to be an independent soul in my life.

I remember one particular day we went to remove old cabinets from a job that he was doing and I had my own hammer and we were taking the cabinet tops off, the next thing I know my dad is standing over me reminding me that swinging a hammer UP at my forehead really wasn't the best idea. I shook my head and laughed. On another day we were up on a roof putting on shingles, it was a bit windy and I was known for being less than graceful. I slipped a few times and being directed to sit on my backside and scoot around, and me having yet another characteristic of his, stubbornness, I stood and attempted to walk again, resulting in yet another slip. He sternly looked at me, I sat, he walked behind me and I head a THUMP sound. Yes, he had just used his nail gun and nailed me to the roof! I would not be falling off the roof on his watch apparently!

He was taken from me when I was a teenager, it was a very traumatic experience, life changing for me and to this day, I do miss him as much as I did after he was gone. The pain is less, it is loss I feel mostly now. I can say that I was fortunate enough to have him for the 17 years that I did have him in my life.


Happy Father's Day to you all as well!

Happy Hunting,


  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

  2. Thank you Dr. Bill! I appreciate the kind words and thoughts!

  3. What a sweet tribute to your dad!