20 June 2012

Father's Day and the man that is my idol

Before I start let me apologise for my blog turning into an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? I apologise to my new and old followers that I have done two posts in a row about my adoring family. I promise I'll be back to gushing about old Beetles and 20's dresses very soon.

On Sunday the country and a lot of the world clubbed together to celebrate Father's Day. Earlier in the year I blogged all about Mother's Day and the fabulous woman that is Mummy Second Hand Rose. You can read about it and see all her fabulous cake creations here. Now for this post it's Daddy Second Hand Rose's turn, get ready to learn more about the legend.

Father's Day isn't as old as Mother's Day and has only really been celebrated since 1916. It all began in Washington when a woman in 1908 called Sonora Smart Dodd decided to campaign for a day to honour Father's. Sonora and her five other siblings were raised only by her father. She campaigned relentlessly around Washinton finding support from shop keepers, churches and government officials.

Eventually it was made the first national statewide day in Washington to celebrate Father's on the 19th of July 1910. Slowly the holiday spread and in 1916 President Wilson marked the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Washington. In the 20's and the 30's there was a campaign to abolish the day in favour of a Parent's Day.

Every year on Mother's Day pro-Parents' Day groups rallied in New York's Central Park to protest, you can tell the TV hadn't been invented yet can't you. Then in 1929 when the Depression hit struggling retailers and advertisers doubled their efforts to make Father's Day a 'second Christmas' for men promoting gifts such as socks, hats, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods. Now they're lucky to get a 99p card from the Card Factory and a box of half price Thornton's chocolates. When World War II began advertisers argued that celebrating the day was a way to honour troops and the war effort. By the end of the war it was a national day, lucky old Daddy's.

Then in 1972 in the middle of an election campaign Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making the day a federal holiday at last. Over the years it has spread throughout the world and in a lot of countries ranging from the UK to Barbados and Zambia, it is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June. Lucky old Hallmark.

My dad is my number one man and compared to him Christian Louboutin would be way way down the list, well at least 4th. Like my Mum he is my rock and is always there for me when I need him. I honestly don't know how I'd be able to keep on smiling without my Dad's support and humour. I'm sure I'd probably be skint and scouring joke books just for some laughter. He is the funniest person I know and can always make me laugh even in the most awkward and terrifying times.

He retired recently, so I now have endless days of watching Only Fools and Horses and playing cards with him to look forward to. I swear that when I was a child he wanted another son. Whilst my brother was being dressed up as girl by my sister, I was being taught how to change a tyre, tile, do electrics and was the main goalie and wicket keeper. I had my very own Chelsea kit complete with scrunchies and socks. Whenever something goes wrong in the house or when something needs to be made up, I am his right hand woman. Well someones gotta stop him making a mess of it.

I've always been extremely close to him and when I was five I used to get up every morning at 6am to shave with my dad. I had my own razor and he taught me how to shave my 'beard' off, I'm just thankful I didn't actually start to grown one. We are both very alike and share mainly traits, including the same sense of humour and logical mind. Along with that we both adore old cars, so I have him to teach me all about Chevrolet's and Morris Miner's. Although he does have to physically restrain me from buying an old car every time I see one. He is a brilliant husband, father and all around fabulous bloke.

We have been on at my Dad to lose weight as none of us want to be wearing black anytime soon. As a joke present we made him a hamper up full of carrots, celery and Slim Fast snacks. As a less jokey present we got him a plaque for his retirement bench that he was given to by his lovely colleagues at work.
We deliberated for a long time about what to inscribe it with. We decided to go with 'Bunter's Bench', which I am sure has made you all have a slightly unattractive confused look on your face. Years ago he was nicknamed Billy Bunter, which has now been shortened to 'Bunter' by his three lovely adoring children. He was happy with his presents, even if they do make him grow some fluffy ears and a tail.
I bet you can guess which one is mine!

So happy Father's Day to the amazing Daddy Second Hand Rose. I'm so grateful he came home every night around 6pm and wasn't working away all the time, so I got to knew him throughout my life and we are now very close. Due to him being 'frugal' as he would put it, he has been able to retire in his mid fifties and has many years of wearing the same clothes he was wearing in my baby photos and using voucher codes for meals out to come. I look forward to spending more quality 'father daughter bonding' time with ie. him doing my nails and dying my hair, yes you did just read that right.

Our world would be a lot somber and very dysfunctional without him. I mean who else is going to teach me all those invaluable bits of trivia that I can't live without. By the way did you all know that there are no slums in Norway?

Second Hand Rose


  1. This is so lovely !! You have such a lovely family, they must be so proud of you! You look gorgeous on these pictures as well missy ! <3 xxxxxx


  2. What a lovely post! Your blog made me cry, it's so personal and full of love for your closest ones. :') I'm so sorry for your grandmother, she was a really beautiful, and by what I've seen, kind woman. She'll be alive as long as you love her, and she'll always be with you. Memory is a great way to keep the loved ones who passed away alive. <3
    I know it's not the same, but my budgerigar died last Christmas, and each time I remember him, I burst into tears and cry because I really miss him, and he was very young, too. He was only two and a half years old, and he got sick and died.
    I dream of him quite often, you know. It helps me get over the fact that he's gone by remembering how he loved to play with me. And to make it easier, I want to believe that he comes back every night to be next to me, but I can't see him because I'm sleeping, and he flies away when the sun comes up.
    I'm so sorry if I bored you or anything, but I just felt like sharing this with someone as loving and understanding as you, hope you don't mind. :D
    Can't wait to see your next post, following you now. :*


  3. He must be one proud daddy to have a daughter like you!
    This post was beautiful, like your previous posts about family, your relationship and happiness together shines through :)

    Cutest pictures too!

    Love, Elizabeth xx


  4. Oh this post is beautiful!
    Thanks for all of your lovely comments, you make my day xo

  5. Aww this is such a nice post! Your dad looks freaking awesome! And thanks to him for the Norway slum fact, going to whip that out again! Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog :) xxxx

  6. Such a lovely post, as always! Made me miss my dad even more!!
    Yes, dear, I got the necklace form Ebay, and though I do not remember the exact seller, I found another one for you:

    Have fun shopping!

  7. I read this on my lunch break yesterday and it really made me smile! It's so touching how close you guys are! Big, fat AWWWWWWWWWW!

    I love the way you write Miss, your wit and charm shines through, it's just lovely! xXx

  8. This is so adorable! You're writing power is astounding. I awarded your wonderful blog the Liebster Blog Award! Check it out here: http://etiennesjournal.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/liebster-blog-award-2.html

    Lots of love, and keep up with the amazing work xxx


  9. Gosh your last two post are so touching and so beautifully written, they are just wonderful!

    I also just wanted to let you know I have given you a blog award, you can read all about it on my blog. I realise that these things are not everones cuppa tea so Ill not be offended if you don't pass it on, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all lovely comments you left on my blog recently it means a lot and also means I have been able to find your fab coner of the web:) xx

  10. I really love your long posts and everything you write about your family is so cute! These photos are adorable also. Just going to catch up on all your posts since the last time i checked!! :P

  11. I just love that you have honoured your dad in this way- I too am incredibly fortumeate to have such a wonderful Father, and even more blessed to have an amazing husband who is also a great Father to our 3 daughters. Here's to great Daddies!!! xXx

  12. You have such a touching and deep post here! Also should coment here more often, but time seems to run off my hands!!! Nevertheless I come to peek your interesting blog whenever I can and i truly appreciate your dedication to mine! Wish You a great week dear



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