A Simple Smile

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
                                                                                        ~ Mother Teresa

In the last few days, I’ve been scanning pictures of my father. I’d like to share some of them with you–a way to “show, not tell” one of the things I love most about my Dad–his smile.

There were smiles from when life was young and filled with promise.

I’ve written many times about his blue Jaguar . . .

…but even when his life changed unexpectedly–with news of my pending arrival–he smiled with resolution and hope for the future.

Wedding Day, 1957
Perhaps behind that smile, he thought, “What have I gotten myself into?”
First Home!

Then, came another daughter. . .

And another, and another . . .

. . . until at last, he had a son!

A handful of “smiles.”

With five kids, you might imagine my dad didn’t ALWAYS smile. This is close to the look we got if we were in trouble. 🙂

Then, came Christiane, the woman who has been making him smile for almost 40 years now.

Our family has grown . . .

and grown . . .

and grown . . .

and continues to grow!

Even as my father battles prostate cancer, he smiles, though I know he doesn’t always feel like it. Still, his eyes continue to sparkle with a joy he takes from a life well-lived.

And, as he’s done so often in the past, he smiles as a gift to all of us–a gift I’ll always cherish.

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10 Responses to A Simple Smile

  1. ssteven2 says:

    This is so beautiful. He does have a wonderful smile. What a wonderful tribute to your dad.

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  2. What a wonderful story in both words and photos, Jan. I was smiling the entire time I read it. That first shot reminds me a bit of Steve McQueen. What a blessing to all of you your dad has been and what a blessing that he’s been surrounded by so much love his entire live and especially now during his battle with cancer.

    janet

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  3. truthsbyruth says:

    I love his smiling, twinkling eyes!

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  4. I really enjoyed this, and it brought back many fond memories of my dad.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    You had beautiful parents, Jan. I know your dad delights in you as much as you do him. What a handsome guy! ❤

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  6. Dear Jan,

    What a lovely tribute to your dad. No doubt he’s proud of you and your siblings and many etceteras. 😉 I enjoyed the photos. Thank you for sharing. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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