June 19, 2010

...a real live fairy tale

once upon a time there was a family who lived at the base of a very 
beautiful mountain.  they were a very busy family with three small 
rough and tumble boys.  after spending many years in school moving 
from utah to baltimore to san francisco to montana to boston...
they finally settled into a home all their own, resting in the shadows of the
wasatch peaks.  all was well.  one day the family was talking and felt that 
although this new home was indeed wonderful...something was missing.
their home needed a little girl.
so they waited and they waited and they waited.
years passed and one day the call came, a new baby girl needed a family.
and that was the beginning of a fairy tale childhood for me.
but this particular chapter of the story is about me and my dad.
i have the best dad in the whole wide world.
i never knew my dad with hair.  maybe that.s why i love bald men?
i spent more time on his shoulders than i ever did on the ground.
my dad is tall and i always felt secure and "big" when he was holding me.
{that.s important when you have three big brothers}
but my dad always took time to come down to my level too.  
we read and played dolls and i.m sure i combed what little hair he had.
my dad is a whiz with a pen.  always a poem at every event. 
 a note just to tell me he loved me and that i was a-ok in his book.
the best were his scavenger hunts {especially when there is a car at the end}
my dad took time to play with me. finding things i liked to do and joining in.
the best was one christmas morning when i awoke to find two "real"motorcycles
in the living room from "santa" with those cheesy plastic license plates
that said "howie" and "tina".
{my real name is christina...guess they were all out of chrissy.s}
i never figured out how santa got those in the house past my mom.
...and now 40 something years later...the fairy tale continues.
my dad is such a presence in my life.
even 640.35 miles can.t separate our bond.
i am so grateful for this man.  
he taught me how to work hard....and play harder.
he has taught me faith, honesty, integrity, to serve others and to be true.
he showed me how to "love" as he adored my mom until the day she died.
{and still does}

happy fathers day dad.
thank you for teaching me to cul*ti*vate all the good things in life!


  1. Absolutely priceless reflection. You definitely have a very special Dad and a very special relationship with him. Happy Fathers Day to you both! Blessings to you.

  2. This bought tears to my eyes... so lovely. I hope you both enjoyed Father's day. xxx

  3. thanks so much for visiting. what a beautiful story. It brought a tear to my eye!

    I am off to visit my dad now and I have the utmost repsect and love for this man too. He has played a pivotal role in my life and I have learnt more from him than any education I have ever had formally. for this I thank him and the gift and encouragement to follow my dreams as an artist (he is/was an artist too) and I was only ever encouraged to play and make all my childhood - i realise how lucky I was and still am.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. What a lovely tribute for a lovely man. I am sure he would say similar things about you if there was a Daughter's Day

  5. That's such a lovely tribute Chrissy. Hope he gets to see this!x

  6. Oh Chrissy, what a special story. Your dad is a real life treasure. What a blessing to be so loved.


  7. Aww thats beautiful Chrissy!!
    You have a habit of misting up my eyeballs ;)

    Micki x

  8. aw dangit Chrissy...you made me tear up AGAIN! you are so dang sweet and a lucky girl to have a wonderful dad!! xoxo ~Judy

  9. this story is beautiful chrissy. thank you so much for sharing it with us. you brought tears to my eyes.

  10. Ah Chrissy that's lovely so great to see pictures of you and your dad. xxx

  11. What a wonderful tribute to your father. You are so lucky to have him in your life and to love him as you do. Treasure it always.

  12. You both are so lucky to have each other! What a kind testament to his character and the bond you share!~
    I loved the photos and the joy in your face.
    The touch stone memories,how he always found a way to embrace the moment. He waited a long time for his little girl; he made sure you knew you were worth the wait~xXx

  13. Wow, such a beautiful, and sweet story. I loved seeing all the pictures of you as a kid with your dad, you could tell there is much love between you two. Thank you for sharing.

  14. what a fabulous real-life-fairy-tale, sweet princess......your dad sounds like a true knight in shining armor.....the world needs more of those! happy father's day to your sweet dad!!! xoxox, :))
    p.s. LOVE seeing all of your photos......you are as cute as a bug in a rug!!

  15. this made me cry my friend...
    i guess it is simply a day for tears with me!!

    you have such a way with words and
    the images that dance with them.

    YOU are a living, breathing example
    of how amazing of a man your dad is.
    he raised you to be such a giving, shining example
    of what happens when you cultivate the good in your life.

    i am so thankful to have you in my life and thankful
    to your dad for the love he showers on you!!!

    miss you friend....let's talk soon

  16. Chrissy that is such a sweet post. I love seeing pics of you as a child with that brilliant smile of yours. Big hugs!

  17. this is quite possibly
    the sweetest blog post ever.
    you are so blessed!
    thank you for sharing your story...your dad...your love!
    thank you, thank you!

  18. beautiful. thank you for sharing that.

  19. you have such a way with words! I love it! I love that you are so close to your dad! Dad's are the BEST!

  20. What a sweet, sweet post :) Your words are so lovely, and it's wonderful to hear that you and your dad are still so close :)

  21. tears in the eyes here too! what a beautiful tribute to your sweet dad. yay for dads!

  22. So beautiful Chrissy- you are so very blessed to have this sweet relationship with your Dad. I wish the story of my Dad and I was a sweet tale to tell... some stories are just too sad.

    I am envious.


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