Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Daddy's Doll

Hello Dear Ones! I thought I'd tell you a little story today. You know how I love to tell you little stories. This is about my Daddy! Now I grew up in the south, Alabama, and I didn't call my father Dad or Pop or Papa but Daddy!

My Mother and Daddy were married nine years before I was born and most thought they would never have children. But God surprised them one day with me! I can tell you, Dear Ones, I have never in my life ever doubted being loved by my parents! I knew I was loved and I loved them dearly. Most of you know my Mother is living with us now but my dear Daddy is living in Heaven. He passed away December 13, 1997.

You see, I was a Daddy's girl and my Daddy called me his little doll. He was a good man. A Christian man. A hard working man. A man with a big ole sense of humor! He loved life and he loved my Mother with all his heart! We were not rich with material things, but oh, how rich our home was with love!

He used to take me to a little neighborhood store just about an hour before Mother would have dinner ready and buy me RC Colas and candy. Does anyone remember RCs? Yes, I know, I'm olden. Mother didn't like this to say the least. Sometimes when he had a day off from work, he would call my elementary school and tell them to have me ready, he was coming to take me out of school! Oh, what joyness that was. And do you know where we would go? Fishing! Man, that was fun! My friends wanted a Daddy like mine and sometimes I would get so jealous if he gave them too much attention!

Oh, I'm bad! You see, Mother and Daddy never had any more children, just little ole me! I wanted a brother or a sister and would tell them I did. I even wrote a letter to Santa one year asking for a sibling! My parents thought it would be great to adopt a child so we went to a little orphanage and walked through to visit with the little children and pick one! Things were so different in the olden days than they are now. This precious little girl came up to my Daddy and grabbed him around the neck and held on. Mother and Daddy feel in love with this little girl. I loved her too.

When we came back home Mother couldn't find me. She found me crying and asked what was wrong. I told her I didn't want that little girl for my sister because my Daddy wouldn't love me any more. I know, I was just a silly little kid but my folks did not go back to that orphanage again. You see, I really was my Daddy's Doll! He wouldn't hurt me for the world even if he and Mother were heart broken. Sometimes I wonder still what ever happened to that little girl.

My Daddy was the most generous person I've ever met in my life! If you were around him for two minutes you would walk away with something my Daddy would give. His total joy was in giving to others. At Christmas time he could never keep a secret about what was under the tree for me. He would drop tremendously big hints for me and of course, I'd guess! He was like a kid at heart!

Well, a couple of years before he went to heaven, he called me up and said he had a little present for me and wanted me to guess! I couldn't guess this time.

He had bought me this little doll. Not an expensive little doll at all, but she was cute and had blond hair like I did, he said. Well, actually, I don't think I had any hair until I was about three! :)

This little doll came with a little picture frame that matched her dress! Oh, it's sweet. I thanked my Daddy, hugged his neck and later put the little doll and frame somewhere in the house.
After he went to heaven I searched and searched for this little doll and frame and found it in a box! I put in this little picture of Daddy and me.

Lookey? I have no hair! :) But see how I'm looking at my Daddy? Oh, how I loved him. He was my protector, my rock. When I would go back home with Mr. Precious and our children, I really did feel I was back home again! It was because of my Daddy and the love he had for his family.

Daddy's birthday was last Friday, March 6th. He would have been 85 years old. I tried not to be too sad on that day and I didn't want to upset Mother either. You know what though? If my Daddy were still here on this earth, you know what? He'd still call me Daddy's Doll, I just know it!

Thank you for letting me be me.
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Daddy's Little Girl

You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,
You're daddy's little girl to have and hold.

A precious gem is what you are,
You're mommy's bright and shining star.

You're the spirit of Christmas, my star on the tree,
You're the Easter bunny to mommy and me.
You're sugar you're spice, you're everything nice,
And you're daddy's little girl.

You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,
You're daddy's little girl to have and hold.
A precious gem is what you are,
You're mommy's bright and shining star.

You're the treasure I cherish so sparkling and bright,
You were touched by the holy and beautiful light.
Like angels that sing a heavenly thing,
And you're daddy's little girl.

~sung by my Daddy


48 comments:

  1. Oh...what a lovely tribute to your daddy!! Have a blessed day, Daddy's Doll!!

    ;-)

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  2. Oh Shelia that is a beautiful post and tribute to your dear Daddy! The little frame and doll is just precious.♥

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  3. OH Shelia what a wonderful story about your Daddy...girl this made me cried..I just lost my Dad 3 years ago and he would have have been 85 in May..Maybe your Daddy and mine are both looking down on us..great post...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  4. What a beautiful story! It must be wonderful to feel so cherished by your Daddy! I know you have a wonderful reunion with your Daddy to look forward to some day! (and don't we hope it is soon!)

    Thank you for sharing this!
    Margie

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  5. Oh, Shelia.. I'm crying for you right now: tears of joy because you had such a wonderful daddy and tears of sadness because you miss him so much! That's one more thing we have in common. I was a daddy's girl, too. My father was everything to me, and I know what a wonderful father God is because I, too, had a wonderful earthly daddy who was special beyond words. He died when I was 19 after a long, hard fought battle with prostate cancer (among other things), and he never once complained. He was made of that kind of stuff. I have stories, too, but I will save them for another day and just savor yours for now.

    If I could pick a sister, sweetest Shelia, you would be it! I have two, and I love them... but you are a special, special person, and I'd like to claim you as my sister. Well, we really are sisters in the Lord. :-)

    My mother has been gone since 1990, and a few days before she died, I had this dream that my father had come to get her to take her on a picnic. At the time, I didn't think much about it, but when she died, I felt that the Lord had let me dream that so I could be happy for my mother. It doesn't lessen how much I miss her, but it does help me to look forward with joy in the thought of being reunited with both of them one day. It also helps to know that they are together with so many other people I love dearly.

    I have learned (after all these years) to try to live in the moment and be happy in being close to the Lord. He is the only parent I've had for years, and there is a special closeness I feel for Him. He really does look after widows and orphans. :-) And I thank Him daily that He loves me (and YOU) with such complete and total dedication. He really is an amazing father!

    Thanks for sharing this, and your doll and frame also brought me joyness this morning, my friend. What a special tribute to a special man from his special daughter.

    Love to you...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  6. Shelia,
    I loved, loved that post! Beautiful!
    I'm a daddy's girl as well and don't know what I would do without him!

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  7. Yes we gals do love our Daddy's, don't we? I'm lucky to still have mine with us. He'll be 84 in three weeks. I just reminded him last month that he was my very first valentine.
    See ya!

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  8. I was born in PA and raised in MD and I called my father Daddy. I too, was a Daddy's girl. I have a brother and a sister, but Daddy made no bones about it: I was his favorite. (BTW: that's not a good thing to do to any of your children!)
    My Daddy was not as good as yours, but he loved as big as yours, and I miss him too.
    I'm glad you have these wonderful memories. You've made me cry.

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  9. Oh Shelia! That's such a wonderful story, and how wonderful for you to have such a cherished momento. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Shelia: What a beautiful story, it made me cry! I was my daddy's "little princess" and as a southerner myself, he was "daddy" always. He left me 10 years ago to go to heaven and I miss him so tremendously. He was only 62, too young! Thank you for sharing this...

    Lou Cinda :)

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  11. Shelia that's so sweet. I totally understand about being a daddy's girl.

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  12. Well I have big tears in my eyes. I too am a Daddy's girl and an only child. My Daddy went home to Jesus in 2001 and he was also the most generous man I ever knew and he could fix anything. Today is my Daddy's birthday and he would be 86. I miss him each and every day.

    Have a Wonderful Wednesday
    from a Raggedy Roberta Anne

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  13. Oh Shelia, I know what you mean about your Daddy, that's what I called mine too and like you I adored him and knew that he loved me completely. Wonderful memories and a great tribute to him. Hugs, Marty

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  14. You made me cry a little. I'm a Daddy's girl too! And my family still drinks RC Cola! LOL.

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  15. Sheila thank you so much for sharing that beautiful story! My daddy went to heaven Nov. 2005. He always called me Laurie or shugee,(that's sugar with a southern twist!)It's funny, dad started buying us all dolls later in life, I have mine in a box in the attic thinking one day I hope to have a girl grandchild to pass my fem things on to! I miss him! Thanks for making me stop and have a fond memory! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

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  16. Oh Shelia, I'm trying so hard to hold back the tears. What a wonderful tribute. It sounds like you had a really special Daddy indeed.

    *hugs*

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  17. Sheila

    Wonderful tribute to your father!

    Susan

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  18. Your Daddy must be the reason you come across like such a doll in all of your posts. This post brought tears to my eyes.Every little girl should be as loved as you were by your Daddy. I love the photo of him holding you. What a sweet and thoughtful gift he gave you.

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  19. Well, Missy ... I am certainly old enough to remember drinking RC! I think many of us are blessed to have had a Daddy like yours. I called mine 'Daddy' too and he sounds a lot like yours. I lost my Daddy when he was only 46 and was 16 ... to this day I miss him and will still dream about him on occasion. Thank you so much for the tribute to your Daddy.

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  20. Thank you for sharing such sweet memories of your "daddy".
    I remember RC too :0)

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  21. Shelia that just brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful relationship you had. I can feel the love in your writing. I lost my dad in 1995 and I still miss him so very much! I know you must have been the best gift your father ever received!

    take care,
    Dawn

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  22. That was so touching, what a lucky little girl you were to have such a wonderful father...

    Wonderful post Shelia

    Kathy :)

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  23. That is the most precious post...I completely understand the whole "Daddy's Girl" bond you are talking about...I was one too!
    What a wonderful gift that he gave you & I love the old B&W photo....Priceless!

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  24. Oh Shelia. That is such a lovely story and the pictures and doll are gorgeous.

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  25. Got myself a cryin',talkin',sleepin',walkin' living doll.. got to do my best to keep her, just 'cause she's a living doll.... LOVE that song!! Have you heard it??

    You're daddy must've been such a good daddy!! You were LUCKY!!!
    I had a good daddy too.. unfortunately he died when I was 18. Too soon!

    Monica

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  26. What a lovely tribute to your daddy. I just lost my daddy July 2007. He would have been 83 on Feb 24th (this was a very sad day for me) I totally understand about being a daddy girl. I miss him each and every day....
    Yes I love RC cola. ...Friday night popcorn and RC....Pat H

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  27. Shelia,

    I think you have everyone crying & thinking of their daddy's today and you should, your tribute to your daddy was heartfelt, loving and poignant. The last gift he gave you truly represents your relationship as his little doll. I love the photograph.

    My dad is 82. I have had to share him with six other siblings but...shhhh, I just know I am his favorite!! ;-)

    xoxo
    Janie

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  28. Oh Sheila, I'm crying for you and I'm crying for me. As one Daddy's girl to another, no one ever replaces the love of that Daddy. Mine was Daddy too and still is! I'm an only child as well. What a beautiful tribute!

    JudyBug

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  29. You were adored and adorable!! My daughter didn't have any hair until she was three, also. I did everything to keep pink bows on her head, so people wouldn't think she was a boy. Even with pink, frilly dresses on they would say she was a cute little boy! Sheesh!!! Sally

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  30. Sheila,

    That has got to be one of the sweetest post I have ever read. You are blessed to have such a loving Daddy! What a lovely tribute to your Daddy!

    Blessings!

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  31. What precious memories and a lovely doll and frame. God bless you.

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  32. What precious memories and a lovely doll and frame. God bless you.

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  33. Oh, it's me again.... :) Thanks for your kind words on my smocked daygown. I am really not that good. I have much more to learn. :)

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  34. Shelia I enjoyed reading this tremendously! What a sweet dad you had!

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  35. What a beautiful post this was, Shelia! I so enjoyed learning more about the relationship you had with your dad. It sounds like he was a perfect role model for you!

    You were a cute little cue ball!

    Justiney :o )

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  36. Shelia *hugs*
    What a precious picture and a precious story...about a precious daughter and her precious daddy.
    How lovely that you felt such love in your family and were so close to your daddy. He sounds indeed like a lovely man.

    I know the 6th was a difficult day for you still...he must look down and love you with all his heart even now.

    *hugs*
    have a lovely evening.
    Judi

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  37. Dear Sweetness, you made me squall.
    I am still crying. Because I miss my momma and daddy just like you miss your daddy. My mother's birthday is also March 6th..she would have been 92. My daddy's was March 10th and he would have been 100. OH, MY....
    But, we were loved !!

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  38. What a wondeful story about your daddy! You can tell that you were very well loved. I just wish all little girls had parents who loved them as much!

    I miss my Dad too. He passed away in July 2003, and I still haven't stopped missing him. He outlived Mom by 19 years, but he never remarried or even dated really.

    I had a teddy bear that I named Daddy Bear when I was just a toddler. I named it that because it was warm and cuddly like my Daddy. I still have that bear!

    Kady

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  39. What a lovely tribute to your Daddy. Both of my parents are in Heaven now and I miss them dearly....
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  40. Shelia, that is pecious. I need a hankie. My own daddy died in an accident whtn I was 8, and I still miss him. I guess we never get too old for our daddies, huh?! It's a treasure to have such wonderful memories. Linda

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  41. Shelia, your story is wonderful. You are very blessed to have had a relationship with your father like that. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Barb~Bella Vista

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  42. Shelia...your patience with me last night was...well..above and beyond the call of duty..thanks so much. I had company, my girlfriend and she was standing by waiting to use my computer as hers took a nose dive..so to speak.

    As usual, I went into a total tailspin when I saw your tablescape..and then..came the story of your Dad and that song.
    Shelia...it reminded me so much of Patrick and his daughters. I play it on the piano...when I can stand it. :)
    Your "pain in the rear" friend,
    Mona

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  43. Oh Shelia, My heart goes out to you today! What a sweet post. I'm a "Daddy's Girl", too so I can relate. How conceited of me to say that the sun rises and sets on me - with my Dad. But you know what, since Jacob came along he spoils him just the same and it makes me happy to no end! Now on to the serious business!
    Your tablescape today is really cute with your new plates. I always gravitate towards the depression glass at the flea markets and antique sales. I think it is so pretty. Seeing it on your table makes me wish that I would actually buy some of it. ~ Robyn

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  44. This is so precious. What wonderful memories you have of your Daddy!!

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  45. That was so beautiful~ you WERE a little doll and your daddy so handsome~
    How sweet that they would go to an orphanage for you, and then not go through with it because you cried. What a story!!
    The doll and frame are just perfect for your memories.

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  46. Oh Sheila, I am in tears. What a lovely tribute to your Daddy. And that picture of you with him is just precious! What a darling little girl you were. I think you just shared MORE of your "fluffy" side, and I enjoyed it so much! laurie

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  47. That was such a beautiful tribute Shelia! He has a very handsome man and beautiful on the inside too it seems :)

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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