Missing you.

It’s twenty eight years since I hugged my dad.
Twenty eight years since I saw his face, held his hand or kissed him.
Twenty eight years since we said goodbye,

But only moments since I last missed him.

June 21st is Fathers day here in Ireland.
Happy Fathers day dad. xxx

As is now traditional on my blog at this time I’ll post this link to The fureys. As I listen to it I’ll no doubt shed a few tears, because even after twenty eight years ‘I miss him my aul man’

John Mcdermott – The Old Man Lyrics
The tears have all been shed now
We’ve said our last good-bye
His soul’s been blessed and he’s laid to rest
And it’s now I feel alone

He was more than just a fatherphoto credit: Peter Werkman (www.peterwerkman.nl) via photopin cc
A teacher my best friend
He can still be heard in the tunes we shared
When we play them on our own


I never will forget him for he made me what I am
Though he may be gone memory lingers on
And I miss him… The old man

As a boy he’d take me walking
By mountain field and stream
And he showed me things not known to kings
And secret between him and me.

Like the colors of the pheasant
As he rises in the dawn
And how to fish and make a wish
Beside the holly tree

I never will forget him for he made me what I am
Though he may be gone memory lingers on
And I miss him… The Old Man

I thought he’d live forever
He seemed so big and strong
But the minutes fly and the years roll by
For a father and his son

And suddenly when it happened
There was so much left unsaid
No second chance to tell him thanks
For everything he’s done

I never will forget him for he made me what I am
Though he may be gone memory lingers on
And I miss him… The Old Man

photo credit: Peter Werkman (www.peterwerkman.nl) via photopin cc

21 thoughts on “Missing you.

  1. Great lyrics! Thankfully I still have my father but the years are taking their toll and I’m ever aware of how precious each day is. If only my parents didn’t live a thousand miles away! Really nice post Tric. Thanks for sharing this. Made me tear up. Good song there…
    Michele at Angels Bark

  2. Beautiful as ever Patricia, brought a tear to my eye especially as Daddy isn’t doing so good at minute. He’s in Kilkenny hospital at the minute with a chest infection. He’s gone so frail. So sad to see. Love your blogs..funny, amusing, sometimes sad & always thought provoking. Keep up the good work. Xxxxxx

    1. So very sorry to read this Theresa. It must be so hard to see him so frail. Even though Dad was so sick before he died I’d still love to have a chance to give him a hug or kiss. Sending you a virtual hug, and I’ll brave a visit to the church tomorrow to light a candle for you all. xx

  3. Holidays like this one are awful, especially as I know someone who has just lost her dad. My dad died 8 years ago, Keith’s three, so we have no grandads here either and father’s day and grandparent’s day always bring up a few questions. All sad, but you have to keep on a smile and act like your heart isn’t breaking for the kids. I still miss dad as much as when he’d just gone, I guess that’s the testemony to how amazing he was so I should look at that and be thankful but, you know yourself … Hallmark holidays, eh?;)

    1. Sorry to be sharing Fathers day with you without our dads. Eight years is such a short time yet I’m sure so much has happened in your life since.
      I too am grateful each time I miss him as like you I know I do so because he was such a wonderful man and loving Dad.
      My kids are older now and knowing I miss my dad today makes them appreciate their own dad, who is a wonderful father to them.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. My brother gave us all this song at our father’s funeral Tric. I think both our father’s hear us through this. I will still celebrate my dad, he deserves it. 🙂 ❤ Happy Father's Day to you, I'm so glad you had such a beautiful father!!!

    1. Thanks Coleen. Yes I did celebrate today quietly, but it is a bit sad when I think of how lovely it would be to have him here. Happy Fathers day to your dad too.
      Great song. I remember you telling me about hearing this song at your dads funeral, funny it means so much to us both.

      1. Some day, maybe we’ll be able to walk to a nice play in Ireland and play it for our dads. My dad and his dad never got to Ireland. My grandfather wanted to go so badly, his parents were both from Ireland and he never made it back to be there though he was in contact with his relatives there. I think it would be lovely to toast our dad’s together.

  5. I was almost afraid to read this as my grief for the loss of my Dad is still fresh, even five years on. I can’t even call mine the Old Man, as he was never old, even at 80 he had more life than many men half his age. I hope the day wasn’t too sad for you x

    1. So sorry to know you are also missing your dad. The day was busy and although I missed dad it wasn’t too bad. I find fathers day worse than his birtday or anniversary. Five years is such a short period of time, no wonder you were almost afraid to read this. I hope you too got through the day okay.

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