The Men in my Life……

How lucky I’ve been to have had so many wonderful men in my life.

In every case, they have provided the pattern for what a man should be.

 

Mr. H.  My best friend.  Loving, loved, kind, caring, funny, sweet, spiritual, truthful, well-meaning, honest, eager, thoughtful and blind to my flaws.

Mr. H. is most at home on the water, and always has room on his lap for another Captain.

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Dad S. (my Dad): Honest, humble, inclusive, cherry tobacco pipe smoker, sweet, brave, creative and the man who called me “my little sweetheart” until the day he died.

 I have better pictures of Dad I suppose, but this picture has always intrigued me.

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Grandpa S. (My Dad’s Dad): Patient, generous, humble, centered, content, brave, honest and the original “quiet man”. 

I love the long shadows cutting across the picture. Grandpa is on the right. His brother, Albert, is on the left. Most at home on the farm, I’m sure they were talking about the height of the corn.

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Grandpa W. (My Mom’s Dad): Jolly, funny, sweet, proud, checker player, smoker of cigars and pipes and an unapologetic tease. 

This study of Grandpa as a young man revealed his serious side. I always knew him to be smiling or laughing.

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Jim (Mr. H’s Dad): Witty, smart, introspective, charming and always a gentleman.  

I love this picture of Jim. Very cosmopolitan, don’t you think? I suspect he thought the pipe made him look very adult.

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Fred (Mr. H’s Step-Dad):  A character. Dramatic, bigger than life, fun, adventurous, strong and always willing (and able) to help.

Fred was a swimmer, as you can tell by his physique.

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My Ex.  Friend of my youth.  Industrious, helpful, kind, “Papa” to his grandchildren and father of my two amazing children.   Also in the picture, Dad R. (My Ex’s Dad – fortunately, still with us).   Intelligent, witty, funny, kind, loving, acerbic, helpful, sharp, and sometimes a little stinker (in a very good way).

My Ex was a bit older than this when I knew him (although he was the boy next door) and has changed a bit, but Dad hasn’t changed much at all over the years.

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Dad P. (My Ex’s Step-Dad).   Dapper, urbane, charming, intelligent and master of the Barbecue.

Dad always wore a bow tie. He always reminded me of the actor, John Hillerman (Magnum P.I.’s sidekick).

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Papa (My Ex’s Grandpa on his Dad’s side): Funny, sweet, gracious, family proud, best buttermilk biscuit maker with a twinkle in his eye.

Papa was more comfortable on his farm in Tennessee, but looked very dapper in this suit.

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Papa (My Ex’s Grandpa on his Mom’s side). Quiet, intelligent, clever, stoic, gracious and always eager to partake of Lutefisk.

Papa didn’t change much as he aged.  Even in his later years, he always stood straight and tall.

Category: Mr. H, My Other Wonderful Family, Old Memories, Smile
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(2) Comments

  1. Cindy Maechtle | June 19, 2011 at 7:30 am | Reply

    Beautiful JIlly!!! I can’t believe you can actually come up with pictures for all of these people!!! What a tribute….you are remarkable!

  2. Tom Henschel | June 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm | Reply

    Great post, Jill. I don’t recall ever seeing that picture of Fred. Where the heck did THAT come from? A lovely tribute. Thanks for doing it.
    xoxo

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