This one is for my Dad and my family

4 generations -- my grandfather, my father, my oldest brother with my niece Anita (Sorry for the poor quality)

4 generations — my grandfather, my father, my oldest brother with my niece Anita (Sorry for the poor quality. My family was musically talented but couldn’t take a good photo if their life depended on it!)

Today is my Dad’s birthday. If he were alive he would be over 100 years old. He’s been gone a long time but my memories of him live on as vividly as if he were still here.

He was generally a homebody (and I wonder where I got that from). I don’t remember my parents traveling anywhere. Of course it may have been money issues. He lived through the depression, working hard to survive.

On the other hand, my Dad’s father, my grandfather was the great wanderer. He emigrated from Germany in the 1890s but went back to visit occasionally.

My grandfather played the accordion and stories have it that he was a troubadour of sorts back there. Here he was a farmer. I don’t remember him much except for his bouncy walk but my brothers have stories of stealing homemade wine from the barn.

My Dad also played the accordion and would often play and sing songs just for me. Since I was the only daughter, we had a very special bond. He has been gone 56 years but in some ways it seems like yesterday.

This is the song he always sang for me and this one is for family!

Oh yes, he could dance like this too. Move over Fred Astaire!

33 thoughts on “This one is for my Dad and my family

  1. Funny thing. Apparently Lawrence Welk had a Swedish accent. I never heard it until someone commented about it. Try as I might, I really couldn’t hear it, maybe because I never really heard my dad’s Dutch accent until someone commented. No, I’m not deaf, just focused on their smiles and the gracious charm both exuded. Did your Dad or grandfather have an accent?


    • My grandfather didn’t speak English at all. I don’t remember my Dad having an accent but my mother used to pronounce her “v” like a “w” sometimes. I think that was part of a German accent. Of course we teased her relentlessly.


  2. It would be nice if our parents could keep on living until we are this age, since it would give us the wisdom to ask more questions. Glad you have older brothers who may be sources of memories about your family. I may have shared that my grandmother came from Germany, met my grandfather on a street corner in NYC. He was an immigrant from Sweden. These are wonderful memories, especially of your father singing to you, playing the accordion and dancing! The song he liked to sing to you, is quite lovely. I watched “Lawrence Welk” only at my grandparents’ house, so this brought back some memories to me, too. Thank you so much, Kate.


  3. Such a sweet piece, Kate. Dad’s and their daughters are special…so special. My mother was widowed at 59 yrs old…oh how we all missed him, still do. She absolutely adored Lawrence Welk…her fav program. Thanks for the memories…!


  4. wonderful post to your Dad. The only good thing about time I’ve found is that the sweet memories rise to the top like a beach ball in the pool.

    My Dad was a wonderful dancer, too, and I remember dancing with him at weddings to a band with an accordion … that song takes me right back there! MJ


  5. How touching is this…your closeness with your Dad made me think of that photo Robin Williams put up on instagram with his only daughter saying…you’ll always be my little girl.
    And I’m certain 56 years off the planet hasn’t changed that for your father. Sweet piece.


  6. What a great way to remember your father. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard this waltz before, but my family watched Lawrence Welk each week, so probably so. Wonderful post.


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