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To Dad with love on Father’s Day




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Julia Castro
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June 5, 2013 | 3,127 views | 4 comments

I was going over some of the Castro Family Newsletters that Lia published from her home computer several years ago. In February 2002 she published the first newsletter and did it for nearly three years. She titled it “Family Unity Through Communication.” She had decided that because the family was growing so fast, events were happening in the family that sometimes we were unaware of. She asked for news of happenings in each family that could be passed on to the rest of the family. She was the editor and publisher and did a terrific job. We all enjoyed the newsletter so much. Family members contributed sports news about their kids, others contributed recipes, and I had Mom’s Corner. That’s where I started writing some of my stories so the younger generations would know how we lived in the old days. Eventually it got to be too demanding on Lia because she had to be pushing the rest of us to meet the deadline. So she had to give it up.

I came across the one from July 2002 where she had attached a copy of a poem, which she had written for Henry the month before. Henry’s birthday is June 8th. We had celebrated his birthday, as well as the graduation of our grandsons, Robert and Alex III. Robert’s parents, Bob and Loretta, hosted the celebration at their home. Lia read the poem to Henry that evening and was now sharing it with the extended family. With her permission I am now sharing it with you.

“To Dad with Love”

It’s not every day that I get

Such an opportunity

To tell you exactly how I feel

and how much you mean to me.

I have lots of memories

That don’t seem to fade away;

They’re tucked away inside my heart

But I’ll share them with you today.

It has taken me lots of years

To finally realize

The true person that you are,

My Dad, a hero in my eyes.

When I was little, you did some things

That I often recall,

Like toss me in the air and tickle me,

And call me “Flea-Floo-Fla.”

I was often scared of you

So big, so rough, so bold,

Fearing that I better listen

And do what I was told.

But there’s another side of you,

An even softer one;

It shows me that you’re not so mean

You can be lots of fun.

You used to rub my face

Against your stubbled cheeks sometimes

But my favorite part was the bedtime kiss

And the very strong tight tight.

One of the proudest moments

I’ve ever had with you

Is when you walked me down the aisle

On the day I said, “I do.”

You are always there for me

To lend a helping hand,

And always willing to give of yourself

In any way you can.

You even took my family into your home

When ours was being made.

You and Mom did so much for us,

It made me want to stay.

You’re not just a good dad,

You’re an excellent grandpa too;

It’s evident in the way you care for my kids

And the love that they have for you.

Through all the things we’ve been through

I know it always helps to pray,

For our family has been truly blessed,

As God has healed you in so many ways.

I know that all the memories

Were not always the best;

There were good times and bad times,

But overall you’ve passed the test.

On your 50th birthday, I was mad at you

I don’t even remember why;

I chose not to even acknowledge it,

I simply let the day go by.

I’m smart enough now

Not to let that happen again,

So I’m wishing you a Happy 70th Birthday, Dad

With love, from Child Number Ten.

Love, Lia.

Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Currently, she has no access to the Internet. Write to her c/o Wilson County News, 1012 C St., Floresville, TX 78114.
 

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Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
June 12, 2013 11:18am
 
Gaius, I feel very sad that your dad apparently had some severe mental problems in expressing his emotions toward you. But, the fact remains, he was still your dad. You have apparently also developed some mental problems ... More ›

 
Gaius Julius Caesar  
Hispania  
June 10, 2013 10:39pm
 
Here's to my dad who never took the time to attend any of my band performances. He also didn't attend my graduation ceremony. He never had time to just talk. He never took me fishing or hunting. Never heard an 'attaboy'. ... More ›

 
Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
June 10, 2013 1:09pm
 
Great!!!

 
Kristen Weaver  
Floresville  
June 8, 2013 8:38pm
 
What a wonderful tribute. Beautiful family. Love you guys!

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