Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I Miss About My Daddy!


Charles Edward Davis















1. His Faith - he had this special ability to always do the right thing - even when the rest of the world didn't - he was the true form of prosperity - He ALWAYS gave to people - The stories of all he has done are still pouring in - He did it without anyone's knowledge because he was also humble! Mom and I live for the "Did you know Charlie gave me _____?" stories!

2. His Friends - He was a revolving door (which is where I get it from) - He thrived on his friends - he was always available and thoughtful. He had a bounty of friends.



3. Knowledge - If you could imagine it Daddy had done it or researched it - People would make appointments or drop by to ask his opinion on their next move, business, or major! He has been the decision behind multitudes of life changing ventures.


















4. His Temperament - He was a glass half full man - He always saw the best in a bad situation - he was even keeled to a fault. I can't remember hearing him ever raise his voice to anyone (even when I did some stupid things)


5. His generosity - There wasn't anything that man wouldn't do for a friend in need!
















6. His sense of humor - He was quite possibly on of the funniest people I have ever met - Naturally, that's where I get it! The world was his stage!



















7. His sense of style - He traveled gangster style - he had his suits custom made for him - The man owned THREE tuxes - he wore a jacket everyday to work - he had hundreds of shoes! His closet looked like a store!

8. Christmas - Holidays were HUGE deals at our house - There were tremendou parties with HUNDREDS of people - it was the IT party of the year. There were senators, congressmen, tv stars, govenors - if you didn't get invited - you called Daddy who always said - "of course you are invited - I sent your invite out last week"
People knew daddy wouldn't say no!















9. His personality - He made friends wherever he went - If we were on a trip - Daddy would meet people and be bestest friends with them - we had people he met on cruises calling or coming to town to see him!






















10. He could fix anything - he could work on a dry cleaning machine, a boat engine and everything in between.

















11. Hobbies - He was always trying something new and we would have so much fun
One time he decided to train a fighter - so he and some friends got together and "bought" a fighter - they paid for his training, matches, and living expenses




12. Adventures - He LOVED an adventure - I have been on 20 cruises, Norway, I have sailed to the Bahamas on our boat "Charlie's Angels" spent 6 weeks sailing - been to Atlantic City - Mexico - Every Island known to man - That man wanted to see the work and I was his faithful companion - all of my friends wanted to go too - he took Em and I on a cruise every year!













13. My PARENTS - There is something awesome about having two parents - those of you who have lost one understand - We as a family have never recovered because one of the vital pieces is gone - ALL of my great memories in life have the THREE of us in them!


This is always the hardest week of the year at my house - My daddy's birthday is April 18th and he lost his very short battle against pancreatic cancer on April 24th

I say he is sitting with his friends at the black jack tables - laughing and winning every hand! I can only imagine he and the Lord became fast, best friends!



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29 comments:

Elsa said...

I don't know you, you don't know me, but you have brought tears to my eyes. I too lost my Daddy, Oct 2005 to a terrible disease. I was 25 years old and he was 52. I miss him everyday!

Jeffcoat House said...

XOXOXOXO- I love you! I would have LOVED that Charlie- man. You are so much like him according to your description!

Jenny said...

thinking of you on this sad day...it's so wonderful that you have all those precious memories! you can keep him with you always by retelling the stories and sharing his life with others. hugs...js

LeslieW. said...

I did love your Daddy. He was awesome, he is so missed. I am always moved by your affections for him. Kisses.

The LaBouffs said...

What a great tribute to your daddy! He sounds like he was a great man! Hugs to you during hard week.....

Meredith Teagarden said...

I just came over from another blog and am moved to tears. What a tribute to your dad. What a beautiful legacy. An inspiration to me as a parent. A big cyber hug to you as you recall him during this season of remembering, honoring, and the reality of his tempoary seperation from you!

Cheri said...

Oh Dena,
Your daddy sounds like an absolutely wonderful man. He was obviously a great dad because he raised a wonderful daughter. It is so hard losing a parent.
I'm praying for you this week and sending you a big hug~

annie said...

Your post made me sad. I love my dad too and he has a lot of the characteristics you describe. I'm sorry you are sad. I can't imagine life without my parents.

Tara said...

You definitely have a sense of humor, style and love for life. All of that captured in blogville! There is nothing like being a "daddy's girl". I know that all too well and can't imagine life without my dad. Thinking and praying for you during this week of rememberance!

Buffie said...

It breaks my heart you are sad, friend. I love you and love hearing stories about your Daddy. I cannot relate, but empathize with you on this day and during this week. He isn't gone...he's always with you!!!

Bonnie said...

Oh Dena,
Reading this post has so moved me. I love the photos and your special memories. What am amazing man your Daddy was !! I'm glad you are sooo like him ! He lives on ... in you !

Melissa said...

Your daddy was a special person. You are lucky to have the years you did with him.
kisses from Amelia and I

jenniedub said...

Wow! I absolutely loved this post about your Daddy. I will be thinking about you this week! :)

Heidi said...

Wow, what a special person! He sounds like he was a wonderful father. I know you miss him deeply but he is smiling down on you.

Margaret said...

What a wonderful man he must have been!! I'm so sorry for your lost and am sending lots of thoughts and prayers your way during this tough week!

LSU Melanie said...

It's those great fun memories that get us through the toughest of times. You are blessed to have had him in your life. I can tell by your blog that he was an extraordinary man. You are in my prayers during this difficult week.

Lindsay said...

hugs to you. I totally get the whole "parents" thing. He sounds like he was a wonderful man and I know you are excited to join him at that blackjack table ;-).

Kim said...

This was a wonderful post Dena, kind of brought tears to my eyes

Terri said...

Dena,
What a great tribute. I'm sure there were a lot of tears while you were writing. I know time helps - we don't cry everyday but there is a missing spot in your life. He sounds like a great guy. I'm sure the stories people still tell really help and make you laugh. I'll be thinking of you during this difficult week! *hugs*

Angela said...

Your Dad sounds like an absolutely wonderful Man. What a blessing to have spent many good years with him and to know that someday you will be reunited. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and memories about him! It was beautiful to read.

Laura said...

Very sweet tribute! What a wonderful zeal for life your dad had...that seems to have rubbed off on you! To know how loved he is must be causing him to throw a big party in heaven! =)

This is a great reminder to hold our loved ones close and make the MOST of the time we have together on earth!

I know I saw this posting today for a reason. Thanks!

TedTracie said...

What a sweet tribute!!!

I have lost both my mom and dad. They were young. my dad died at 62... heart and lung disease ... and my mom died at age 58. Cancer took her life but she had Alzheimers as well. YOUNG.. she was only 54 when she was diagnosed.

You dad seemed absolutely precious!
I miss my parents so much. My dad died on May 5th 2001 and my mom on Nov 5, 2002. They died exactly 18 months apart. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of them. they are SO MISSED!

Tracie

Kelly said...

Oh Dena this is such a sweet post. I had tears in my eyes reading this! {{{{HUGS}}}}

Donna said...

Your dad was an amazing man!! What a wonderful testament to his life! And clearly, a daughter's love for a very special man.

Robyn said...

What a beautiful post!! Your dad sounds like an amazing man!! Sending you lots of hugs during this difficult week!!

Robyn

Greer said...

Dena,
I had no idea. I'm so sorry for your loss. How lucky you are though to have had such a wonderful, involved father for so many years and to have made such wonderful memories with him that you will always remember!

Taylor Family said...

You don't know me, but I'm sending hugs your way. I too lost my father to cancer. This is a hard week for you, come July 4th when most of the country is celebrating the nation's birth, I will be having a somber moment having first lost a spouse in 1996 then my father 2001. Fortunately the sad times lift and the happy precious remembrances are what linger.
Becky T.

Faithful Froggers said...

Oh Dena, what a beautiful tribute to your Dad! He sounds and looks like such a wonderful, loving person. How thankful I am that we have the promise of Heaven to look forward to . . .

Love & FROG . . .

Sarah said...

Dena... what a beautiful post about your sweet daddy!! He looks like such a wonderful sweet man. He has left a wonderful legacy behind in you!!

Wish we were closer too... would love for Sophie and Annie to play! Maybe you can come to Guatoberfest this fall! Check it out at www.guatoberfest.com, we are planning on being there unless we are in Guatemala.