A Birthday Gift To You Dad

Richard "Larry" Fleming
March 18, 1936 ~ August 26, 2015

June 21, 1966

The days are tough since you have gone. 

Last night I was at a birthday dinner and one gentleman who sat across from me reminded of you. Of course, knowing today is your birthday, I listened to him and watched him even more. Memories came flooding through me. Wonderful, loving, and funny memories. 

The family misses you more than you could ever know. You were, and still are, superman to me. You never "told" me what to do, you would say a few simple words, let me make my own decisions and watch me grow. I'm forever grateful for the life and trust you have always given me.

During one of our last conversations, I mentioned I wasn't happy with my weight (I hadn't been for many years). In your own typical way, you simply said, "Then why don't you do something about it?"  Period, the end, off to another subject.

Of course, coming from you dad, that was a profound statement which grew even more after you passed. Always making things sound so simple...I am so grateful you are no longer suffering. 

I once again took your words and ran with them. So, in honor of you, for your birthday, I want you to know, I listened to you once again. I couldn't do it before, no matter how hard I tried, but now, dad, you gave me the power to do it. 

To show how important you have been to me my whole life, and by you making it "simple," I have a birthday gift for you! 

Because I have always listened to you, I have now lost 60 pounds! Thank YOU!


Forever more I will always think, "What would dad say or do?"

Through my tears and heartache, I am hoping you know how important you were to me. I love and miss you so much!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2016 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved


  1. Beautiful Birthday tribute to your dad, Cheryl . . . I know that missing feeling so well and my mom was like that . . . "then why don't you do something about it!" Congratulations on your goal of losing weight . . . I know your dad would be so so proud of you! Sending you hugs ~

  2. Dad's forever hold a spot in our hearts. <3 I'm sure he'd be happy to know his simple words have spurred such change in your life.

  3. Nancy, I love giving books at Christmas, I haven't done it for awhile though so I think I will start working on that for this year!


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