In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to make this week’s “Small & Simple Things” blog to revolve around the artifacts around my house that belonged to or remind me of my dad.
My dad was a professor of music and had a gorgeous baritone voice. While dementia had altered his short-term memory, he still could sing beautifully and play the piano up until the time he passed away. These Bach and Brahms figurines remind me of his passion for music. They’re extra-special to me because I painted them at 10-years-old in a ceramics painting class and was delighted to find them stashed away in a closet at my mom’s house recently.
In addition to being a professor of music, my dad was a professional opera singer. These were his opera glasses. I love the cool, antique vibe they have and they’re so special to me because they belonged to one of the most important men in my life.
It’s not a secret that I am a huge camera buff. My whole career revolves around my love for cameras, pictures and preserving memories. I inherited my affinity for photography from my dad. These are two of his first cameras, which are well preserved, vintage and amazing. I love thinking of all the memories he must have captured on these and take comfort in knowing that he loved to document life as much as I do.
I lost my dad just over two years ago. In his final years, his mind slipped away as dementia took over. He was physically exhausted and in a lot of pain. It was hard to lose him, but we were relieved that he was out of his misery and in a better place. I am forever grateful for his gentle guidance, amazing example, good humor, and for being a giant leader in our family of all girls.
I love the little reminders of him all around my home. It reminds me of his incredible example and that I will be able to see him again someday.