#SOL16: In Memoriam

godfather

By the numbers:

34,310 +  = days alive*

Age 94

25,550 + = days married*

70th-anniversary

fran-and-godparents

July 26, 2016

Hundreds of family events:

The gold dress I wore in this family picture was a gift from my godparents . . .

36450025

Countless dinners and events across many states . . .

I remember presenting in Austin, TX and driving on down to visit Bob and Dorris.  It didn’t seem right to be “in the same state” and not go visit!  However, my favorite story is from my 16th birthday.

16

Old enough to drive with

Driver’s license in hand.

Five “drivers” in the family.

Three vehicles.

Mathematical improbability to get “drive time” as the youngest driver.

AND YET . . .

My godparents sent me a birthday card with a car key in it.

“When you find the car that fits this key, it’s yours!” was written inside the card.

Fun

Joy

Laughter

Thank you,

My godfather and uncle . . . Bob!

You will be missed!

(* Leap years were not accounted for. The numbers are approximations for average years.)

You were a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and filled so many hearts.

slice of life

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

Previous Connected Posts about the “Ruths” and/or my godparents:

Footprints

Family Christmas

Home

Advertisements

23 responses

  1. Sorry for your loss. Looks like Bob had a wonderful and long life. Something to celebrate.

    1. Thanks, Margaret. Definitely celebrating with JOY and love!

  2. I am sorry for your loss. You wrote a beautiful tribute to your godfather.

    1. Thank you! We do celebrate his life! He was a wonderful family member!

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. He was a wonderful man and clearly had a big influence on you.

    1. Thanks, Adrienne! We have many memories to keep our hearts warm!

  4. So sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories. He is surely someone you will always hold dear in your heart.

    1. Thank you. We just counted 508 descendant in the Ruth clan last week. Bob was one of the hearty oaks that anchored our family.

  5. What a beautiful tribute. I loved seeing all the photos, especially his wedding photo! This post screams out how much he meant to you. So sorry for your loss but so glad you can write about him and keep his memory alive.

    1. Thanks, Sally. This morning Isecond guessed every word and picture. This post was totally from the heart! ❤

  6. What a wonderful tribute. May your beautiful memories ease the pain of your loss.

  7. Thanks, Rita. It helps to know that he lived a great life and is also now at peace as well as wrapped in eternal love!

  8. This is a beautiful way to remember him. What a wonderful person, and what loving memories you have of him.

  9. Special people deserve special words, and you did exactly that. So sorry for your loss, Fran.

    1. Thanks, Leigh Anne! I love that – “special people deserve special words!

  10. What a special tribute to someone who was obviously a special man. So sorry for your loss. It sounds like he lived a great life.

    1. Thanks, Erika. He had a great life!

  11. Beautiful post and tribute! You are blessed! THANK YOU!

  12. Families with legacies like Bob are my favorite. That 16th birthday story! What a scream! Thanks for sharing him with us. My condolences to you and your family.

    1. So many stories that will emerge. I believe that with the 10 kids in the family, the “Ruths” had the most graduates from St. Marys in Riverside, IA!

  13. What a beautiful way to honor and remember your godfather. So sorry for your loss.

    1. Thanks, Dayna! Making time for family and friends is important! ❤

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Doing The Work That Matters

a journey of growing readers & writers

Present Perfect

adventures in multiple tenses

Leadership Connection

from Great Prairie AEA

The Blue Heron (Then Sings My Soul)

The oft bemused (or quite simply amused) musings of Krista Marx -- a self-professed HOPE pursuing Pollyanna

Middle English

Life as an English teacher leader

steps in the literacy journey

Walking the Path to Literacy Together

arjeha

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

Resource - Full

Sharing Ideas, Strategies and Tools

Joel Pedersen

be that #oneperson

adventuresinstaffdevelopment

All Things Literacy! Brianna Parlitsis

TWO WRITING TEACHERS

A meeting place for a world of reflective writers.

elsie tries writing

"The problem with people is they forget that that most of the time it's the small things that count." (Said by Finch in All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. These are my small things that count.

I Haven't Learned That Yet

This blog serves to document my path of learning and teaching.

Simply Inspired Teaching

A blog by Kari Yates

Reflections on Leadership and Learning

Sharing my learning experiences

AnnaGCockerille Literacy

The Generative Power of Language: Building Literacy Skills One Word at a Time

Reading to the Core

Just another WordPress.com site

Karen Gluskin

My Teaching Experiences and Qualifications

To Read To Write To Be

Thoughts on learning and teaching

Books and Bytes

Exploring the best of literature and edtech for the middle grades.

To Make a Prairie

A blog about reading, writing, teaching and the joys of a literate life

Raising Voices

Thoughts on Teaching, Learning, and Leading

chartchums

Smarter Charts from Marjorie Martinelli & Kristine Mraz

%d bloggers like this: