Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Father's Day Story

This story I've shared with just my family, but let's face it, my blog friends mean a lot to me, so I hope you enjoy reading it, as it is one that is close to my heart.

What a Wonderful World

When my dad passed away, I was sad, very sad for a long time after.  I was only 28, and not at all ready to lose someone that was so dear to me.  I would hear this song quite often - What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, and it reminded me of my dad very much.  I would hear this song in the store while I was grocery shopping, in the car while I was driving, just anywhere I was.  Sometimes I had to walk out of the stores because I couldn't help crying.  One day, I picked up my son from Kindergarten and we stopped at the park.  While he was playing he said, "Mom, I learned a new song at school today."  I said, "Really?  Sing it to me."  He started singing "I see trees of green, red roses too," and I just looked at him in surprise.  After he finished singing he said, "Do you know that song mom?" and as tears ran down my cheek I smiled and said to him, "Yes, I know that song very well."

Thank you for being a
part of my world.


Deserae said...

So beautiful.....what a sweet boy you have :o)

Unknown said...

awww dats too sweet of u
dont worry he is always be by ur side and wanna see u happy
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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, how touching. I cry easily when I hear certain country songs that I know my Dad loved...and sang. It's good to hold tight to our memories. Sweet hugs, Diane

Lavender and Linen said...

Beautiful! It must have been a sign from above.

Susie said...

Sheri, That is beautiful, that your son learned the song that reminds you of your father. I would have cried too, as I teared up just reading this post. Blessings dear friend, xoxo,Susie

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Oh Sheri, that is such a sweet story… very touching.

Nely said...

Dear Shari,
so touching,I have admit that my eyes are filled with tears..superb post!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Sheri, I am so glad you shared this. It is so meaningful and special, my friend. I'll never hear it again without thinking of you. It's good to share this wonderful world with you, lovely.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Sheri, I love that song and will always think of you and your father whenever I hear it. Your story brought back so many wonderful memories of my father - he was such a good wonderful man.
Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful story about your father.
I'm sure he is smiling from up above at you.

Donna said...

What a great post, Sheri. So that's why you use the "red rose" in your blog name :)

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Donna, there are many reasons why we chose the red rose for our blog, but this story isn't one of them.....but I love the fact that it mentions red roses in the song.

Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to see your face. :~)

Brandi said...

This is such a sweet post. Your son sounds so sweet. My eyes would have filled with tears too.

Unknown said...

Nice post!

Tulla and Catie said...

This story is so nice...
and I am happy that you have told it! I have also some songs which remember me of some persons and events, sometime also sad memories!

Your boy is so cute :) - I am sure he still is :) although he will be grown up now...

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Sheri,

Loved reading your story dear friend, and how very poignant.
Great to be able to have the memories of your dear Father when you hear the beautiful song. How sweet your little boy must have been.
I love this wonderful song and shall think of your Father when I hear it.
Sending hugs

miss b said...

This was such a lovely tribute to your Dad. I understand everything you are saying here about a special piece of music bringing back memories and such emotion. The last photo was a perfect choice.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I was 29 when my daddy left me. I know the tears my friend, and thank YOU for being a part of MY world. You mean so much to me. Sunday is also the 29th year of my mother's passing. Hugs, Anita


That is such a touching story. Didn't you use to play that song on this website a few years ago?

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Sheri,

What a beautiful story, such touching memories about your Father.. I adore that song.. It touches my soul.. Thank you so much for sharing dear friend.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You lost your Dad young----so did I---I was 21 and not a day goes by that I don't miss him. Here's the funniest thing- I am always finding coins in the oddest places...and when I was a kid he used to flip me coins all the time. I always take it as a "sign" that he is around me somehow.

That is a wonderful story about that song! xo Diana

Mariana said...

This story is so sweet and at the same time so touching...
Hugs from Serbia:)

Barbara said...

When reading this post I couldn't help my self wiping a tear from my face... cherished memories of your father! Love that song and thank YOU for being a part of my life.


Patricia said...

Aw, that is the sweetest story Sheri. I'm sorry you lost your Dad so early in life - my Dad is still alive, at 93, even if he does forget my name these days. That song is very special, and I love singing it at my choir (I will think of you when we sing it at tomorrow's rehearsal) xxx

Sola Scriptura said...

My heart goes out to you. I will now think of you when I hear that song. I'm sending you a big hug!

Anonymous said...

wonderful memories! I would have cried when i am in that situation!You have got a wonderful kid!

Teresa said...

There's never a good time to loose someone you love. Less if it's such a grand love like the one you shared. We want them to see us grow, then we want them to share the happiness we live (the children, our husband etc etc) and when one get solder and birds start flying off the nest you want them. To care. To share. To Enjoy!
In your case it wasn't meant to be. Hence the song so you feel he's always around, close-by to witness your Life. Your Happiness.

"I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you."

And he does. He still does. Will Always.Everytime someone is good to you and you're great he knows he raised you well, happy and amazing.

Be Well Dear Friend!


Optimistic Existentialist said...

I definitely do not think that it was an accident that he learned that song, that is serendipity. What a wonderful world indeed :-) thank you for sharing this with us, your blogging family :)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...


Precious, dear and touching. Your sweet story of your dear son and beloved and treasured Father.
Our departed loved ones are really all around us, and I love knowing that!
Have a lovely weekend,

Things and Thoughts said...

Very touching story Sheri, very sweet. I lost my father a day like today, eighteen years ago, he was 67... I find a part of myself in your tale, thank you so much!

It's me said...

I was also 28...what a wonderful world..i am so glad to have you as my love !

Unknown said...

Sheri dear, What a sweet story you have shared. I'm off to add your name to my latest post of those of us who have lost our dads. Red roses......xx, Heather

hi-d said...


I got chills as I was reading this...when I came to the part where your son was telling you about this song he learned at school! I have tears running down my face as I type this...What an absolutely beautiful, sweet, serendipity that God granted you in hearing that song EVERYWHERE...and especially your son learning that song at school!

Love this post SO much! Thanks a ton for sharing. I can't imagine how much you must miss your father.

Love to you!

Aida said...

Oh Sheri, my eyes welled up while I was reading your story. So full of love and sweet memories. Now, every time I hear that song I will be thinking of you.
Thank you for sharing this special part of you. And I'm grateful to be your friend. I feel like we share a lot of things.
Thank you for visiting my blog and yes the white and blue tea pot is a Polish Pottery. It was just one of my collection. I love them.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend to come.

louise said...

Beautiful song; beautiful post xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And what is so striking is that WE REALLY ARE ALL PART of each others' world, even if we don't know it or ever make contact. My friend, thank you for coming to visit; that book THE WAITING is a must read. I hope you will also read it because it is true, it is miraculous, and the main character is now part of my life. I feel as if she is part of me.

It is gorgeous out here today. Off to clean a little before my husband flies in from Washington! XOXOXOOX

Susie Swanson said...

Awe, this brought tears to my eyes as well. What a beautiful and heartwarming post. That is so precious that your son sang it to you. Hugs and lots of Love, xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I really hope you will read the book dear friend. The story transcends time. If you are a mother, have a mother, had a mother, didn't have a will touch you. Get it, read it, then tell me what you think about it.


Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Sheri, Thank you for sharing such a touching story. You captured just how I felt when I lost my dad, though I was much older than you when it happened. Bless you.

Ann said...

Love your story.
I guess
our departed loved ones
have a way of connecting with us through happy coincidences and even through songs. And yes, it is a wonderful world we live in.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Antee Gurung said...

oh dear, it is such a heart felt post. I loved reading your experiences of love and lost. I really appreciate you sharing this kind of personal story of your life with us and i can only wish that you will come out as stronger as ever in the coming years and wish u all the happiness dear


pinks said...

Aww Sheri! You made me cry! A beautiful story, so beautiful that your son sang that song. Its a wonderful and such a powerful song too. Your dad sounds like a kind and loving man. And its lovely to remember him that way- I'm sure one of many lovely reminders :)Have a wonderful and peaceful weekend my dear friend.

Celestina Marie said...

Dearest Sheri,
I love this story and it leaves me with tears as I know just how you feel. The song is beautiful and one of my favorites too. What a wonderful thing your little son at the time learned it. I am sure it was a sign from above that all was okay and your father was close by and always in your heart.

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story of love for Father's Day.
Thank you also for stopping by and your kind comment. I was still making my way around blogland and so glad you stopped in to share.
Love and Blessings!

Rose L said...

So sweet, and a precious memory!

Ashley cramp said...

That is such a touching story...I have tears in my eyes,
Your blog is a wonderful happy place to visit
I will be adding it to my blog reading list, thanks for sharing a personal story
bestest to you and yours Daisy xxx