Pull yourself up by the Bootstrap Young Lady!!!!

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by bargain, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Dad was military Marine (during WWII) and while in military picked up the above expression. (He was in wartime in submarines in the Aleutians and went through years of College after the war while supporting a wife and 2 young girls. Everytime I whimpered or whined or cried, he said this expression..

    Finally, little Nancy Jo (my preteen name) said between my sobs, "But Daddy you won't buy me any cowboy boots, member!"

    Well that giant Man - 6 ft 2 inches and still growing looking at me and his frown and deep voice changes and a grin started and then filled his face as he reached down and held his baby girl, "Aw, you know you're right, you don't have any boots....I love you." as he gave me a huge hug that almost broke my ribs!!!!

    You see I always wanted cowboy boots but didn't get any till I bought some when I was in my 20's!..............

    I never knew until I was in my 30's that he was a self raised boy after the age of about 8 and helped raise his sister and his mother, so he must have been pulling himself and others up by the bootstraps for a very long time. Miss you Dad

    In memory of Dad (Dad, I understand you more and more as the years pass along), Nancy
  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    Very sweet.Thanks for sharing this story about your dad.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Thanks for the story. My daughter has the key to my heart just as you had the key to your Dad's. Just something about dad's and their daughters.
  4. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    I think sometimes I spend too much time in memory lane! But it's with gratitude that I look back from a different perspective and deeper understanding of my family and friends. Thanks for letting me share. Nancy
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Nancy, I spend alot of time going down memory lane also. My mother died at 46, and my father at 66. I have wonderful memories of my childhood and youth. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
  6. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    The older we get, the more we realize how precious memories are! I finally realized the reason for my relationship with my Daddy a few years ago. I also came to understand why he felt he was not a good father (even though he is the best) Funny how at younger ages we tend to take things for granted only to come to realize things later.
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I'm glad you got your boots and your dad sounds like he was an awesome man!!! Lucky girl.
  8. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Debi, he so totally was! I've been blessed and I hope I pass the blessings along, but sometimes I just fail to do so.....That humanly part of me..... I decided to add this one to my home page (website) and just posted over on Facebook, cause I just want to share impact.....

    When I think of how much we can inspire or "defeat" another by word or example, I am in total awe.

    Oh dear Lord please always let me be a "shining example" and inspire others to their heights and not discourage!
  9. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010

    I find it amazing as we grow up, the more we understand what our parents went through - the life before us kiddos and the things they gave up for us so we could grow up.

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