18 June 2006

Happy Father's Day, OM

I tried to write a post about my dad and what he meant to me … but it was too hard, too painful, especially since this is our first Father's Day without him. Instead, here are photos of OM as a father and grandfather. OM loved nothing more than being with his family. I hope these photos give you an idea of what a great and loving father he was.

I love you and I miss you, OM.

OM and me, 1959

Mama, me, and OM, January 1960

OM, me, and Mama, March 1960

Mama (pregnant with Paige) and OM, February 1960

Paige, Mama, OM, and me
Photo for a Coca-Cola campaign, 1962

OM, Buck, and me at the beach, 1966

Some of these photos were given to us by my cousin Gina and her family, who gave us an album of family photos at OM's memorial service. I'd never seen many of the photos, and others brought back great memories. It's one of the most thoughtful and treasured gifts our family has ever received.

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At 6/18/2006 02:22:00 AM, Blogger April said...

I just happened by your site and thought I'd tell you I enjoyed the pictures and the read. From a fellow insomniac.

At 6/18/2006 05:02:00 AM, Blogger barista brat said...

what a beautiful tribute to your father!

i've only been reading you for a matter of weeks, so i don't know what OM stands for.

it looks like you came from a truly loving family. i can honestly say i envy you. thank you for sharing with the rest of us!

At 6/18/2006 08:03:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

APRIL: Welcome! I hope you stop back by. I look forward to checking out your blog.

BARISTA BRAT: "OM" is an abbreviation for "old man." I was very lucky to grow up in a loving family. My dad passed away last August, and I still miss the hell out of him.

At 6/18/2006 08:50:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Nice to see such a loving tribute.

I did expect that photo with the snowman to say Mama, me and OM just because of it's placement in the series.

At 6/18/2006 12:34:00 PM, Anonymous Judith said...

The picutres are wonderful.

With great respect to your Dad and a lump in my throat, all I can say is... woo hoo, Jim!

At 6/18/2006 02:53:00 PM, Blogger Scrivener said...

They are lovely photos. I'm glad that you have such loving memories of him.

At 6/18/2006 05:59:00 PM, Blogger Benny said...

Ooooh. I love other people's family photos. You seem to have a very lovely family, too.

Now don't tell me this wasn't your own camera all this time- that you got the photos off some fake family's website...


At 6/18/2006 11:04:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DALE: Maybe I should hire you to write my captions.

JUDITH: He was a great guy, wasn't he? And I forgot how cute he was until I started scanning the older photos.

SCRIVENER: I am very lucky to have a good, loving family.

B: You caught me; they're Beck's family photos! And don't you love those fashion statements from the 1970s and 1980s!

At 6/18/2006 11:42:00 PM, Blogger jo(e) said...

What a beautiful tribute.

At 6/19/2006 01:45:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

It's great to have the memories.

At 6/19/2006 01:48:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Speaking of memories, Shannon found several of my old Advanced Reader copies last night. Bookstar originals.

At 6/19/2006 02:24:00 PM, Blogger Benny said...

I thought I recognized those New Poullution beehives. Damn. :-)

At 6/19/2006 02:25:00 PM, Blogger Benny said...

Apologies for the typo! :-)

At 6/19/2006 10:34:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

I love captions!

New Pollution Beehives. I may name my B-52's tribute band that. But I'm spelling it my way B. :-) Hilarious.

At 6/19/2006 11:34:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

JO(E): Thank you. He was a wonderful dad.

JEREMY: Why advanced readers did you find? My books are currently in boxes, but I know I have tons. Miss Bookstar - working there, shopping there.

B: You are a woman who knows her hairstyles. Beck looked cute in the 'fro, didn't he?

DALE: I don't want to miss New Pollution Beehives' first concert, so keep me posted.

At 6/20/2006 07:24:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Ahh, Bethie. I forgot to leave a post the last time I visited (wrist problems). I should have regardless of the pain.

OM was a great man. He accepted me into your family when others were doubtful. I truly have a great respect for - not only what he did for me but - all he did for you and the Coffey family as a whole. I'm glad to have known him, and I can only try to emulate him.

He would be proud of you sweetie!

At 7/10/2007 06:16:00 PM, Blogger jewgirl said...

your mama is one smokin' hot dame. your dad is the bees knees. so handsome. I am so, so very sorry for your loss, doll. I know that doesn't help...


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