Time does fly! I was so lucky I had many wonderful men in my life growing up. My grandfather and my Uncle John were great men. I have been thinking about my Dad Carl Jackson Adams this week and all that he stood for and meant to me. He has been gone for five years now and that seems like forever in a way but like yesterday too. He was a just man and always stood for so many things. I always remember him hugging me, kissing me on the cheek and saying, "How is my girl?" He was from Kentucky and they did things differently there. He loved to tell war stories and we would chuckle when he would corner someone new talking forever about the war. He could recount even the most minuscule details. I mostly liked to hear stories of his mother and how she sewed and cooked. They were very poor but also very rich because she loved them. She had to have made the most heavenly biscuits. She passed away three days before I was born so I never knew her but loved to hear about her. His dad passed away when he was 12 in a coal mining accident leaving his wife and three children and they were very poor. Dad met my mom by chance when he was home on leave from the service in Louisiana. She was there from Ohio visiting a friend. They were meant to be! Destiny! He came home from the war two years later and married her. They were a beautiful couple. She was so beautiful and he was so handsome. He had a gentle way about him nurturing my three sons but he also had a snap temper. I just might have inherited that trait. I always enjoyed our talks and he taught me so many things. One thing I learned at a very early age was that you didn't want to cross him. It was much easier to stay close to him and not give him any trouble. I would spend hours in the garage with him helping him as he worked on some one's car or truck. He was a perfectionist and would always say, "If you are going to do something, take the time to do it right!" I remember not long ago he gave me back one of the Father's Day cards I had given him. He wrote a little note on the inside of it to me. I believe that was the only note he ever wrote to me and I still hold it dear to my heart. I miss him!! Happy Father's Day Dad!
"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest. It's about those who came and never left your side."