馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

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Happy Birthday Dadda

I dedicate this buzz to my Dad.

Wishing him a Happy 71st聽聽Birthday.聽He now lives forever in our hearts.
It makes 5 years this past July. He's gone and we managed to continue our lives. There hasn't been a single day gone by, where I don't think of him or feel like I need to share something with him or wonder what we'd be doing together.


Happy Birthday Dadda

The biggest lesson his death taught me is that the time and feelings we have for the people we love should have a greater need for fulfillment and expression than for the need to accrue money, fancy job titles or materialistic things.

I seem to keep forgetting our memories so I've decided to pen something down today.

My dad was a romantic. Yes, he was the lady's man. He was very handsome even till his last days with us and never let his cynical romantic side ever fade away.

I remember him telling me the story of how he made or rather got my mum to fall in love with him.

My mom used to work in a beauty parlor and he had noticed her one day while he was visiting the Gent's Salon in the same complex.

He thought to himself, wow she is beautiful. An Indian woman with long black beautiful hair is hard to not notice. He said to himself I'm marrying this woman.

But my mother's upbringing had thought her never to raise her head and look at any men while going or coming back from work.

In fact, her father had even stopped her from continuing her education because he saw her talking to a couple of her friends (boys) one day while coming back from school. My grandfather was one grumpy old man I guess. My mom always said he was like Hitler in the house. He loved the whiskey and treasured it a lot but was a good father to them.聽

So, coming back to the love story my dad had tried to persuade my mom many times on her way back home. He had even started smoked a lot of cigarettes figuring out how he can get this woman to love him. He would go right when she's finishing work and wait for her every day so he could see her when she was going home.

The only way he could finally persuade her to marry him was after meeting my grandfather and they became very best friends. He loved him, even more, when my dad brought the best of booze when he returned from the Rigs. He worked in the Oil & Gas industry during the time.

They had a small wedding and got married soon after and had been in love ever since.

They are one of the best couples I witnessed growing up. She stood by him through thick and thin.

Today I remember my dad as this 6' feet tall handsome young dude standing in front of my mom's beauty parlor.聽

He's told us some of the best humorous stories and had a charisma whenever he talked.聽

I remember the smile he brought on every person's face and I try to do that every day.聽

Like my dad, I聽choose to live a life of聽goodwill, generosity, and kindness.

Thank you dada.聽

I love and miss you very much. Happy Birthday聽

" Philip Clinton Williams " Rest in peace.聽


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Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #15

I hope this finds you well Fatima ... and your family. I loved the tribute to your dad ... how blessed you are to have a loving earthly dad (I, too have written some posts to honor my dad) I leave you these lovely lines by ee cummings ... here is the deepest secret nobody knows ... here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart ... i carry it in my heart

Javier 馃悵 CR

Javier 馃悵 CR

1 year ago #14

beautiful

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

1 year ago #13

A fitting tribute to your dad. Thank you

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Franci 馃悵Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I love this .Such a beautiful and heartfelt story about your dad.

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

1 year ago #10

#1
Thank you dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for your kind words. Your words always bring a cheer to my heart and I feel like I received a blessing from you. #Feelingblessed 馃檹鉂わ笍馃槉

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#2
Thank you 馃檹 馃槉 Pal Pascal Derrien

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

#3
thank you Kevin Baker

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

#4
Cyndi wilkins Thank you Cyndi girl. Memories are all we have left and we must treasure them. I recently saw a movie called COCO you must watch it with your daughter over the holidays I cried like a baby when I watched it and absolutely enjoyed the lovely movie. I also love the song called memories by Maroon 5 Adam Levine a lovely one. Infact I guess I add it here in my post 馃槉馃槂

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

#8
Ken Boddie Thank you for pat on my back and the beautiful poem definitely a keeper in my books.I firmly believe their spirit lives in everything we say and do.

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

#9
Thank you Praveen Raj Gullepalli

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #4

Hey, Fatima. So glad you shared this little ray of heartfelt remembrance here. You don鈥檛 post often, but when you do, it鈥檚 always sincere. I wrote the following a few years ago and, although originally intended for others, I hope it brings you some comfort. Grief never leaves us, She answers not our why's, She hugs us like a shadow, And refuses our goodbyes. She's there lest we forget, When our loved ones slip away, That their spirit lives in what we do, And everything we say.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #3

Aw...I remember you sharing stories of your dad when I was losing mine just a few short years ago..The anniversary of his passing comes at Christmas...an especially difficult time of the year for a loss so great...But we have decided to celebrate his memory along with the holidays...just as you are doing here sweet with your heartfelt stories...Your dad would be very proud of you;-)

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #2

A beautiful, thoughtful and tactful tribute Fatima he would in fact he is proud of you

Ali 馃悵 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

- you are an "extension" of a great dad. No matter how saddening his departure is still after five years; yet, the delight he has bringing up a grateful daughter must compensate for the sorrow. Your words about your dad smell like flowers and I am sure he is somehow enjoying the smell and delighted that he has a daughter of your caliber. May your dad's soul rest in peace.

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