Friday, June 17, 2011


Father's Day is this Sunday - 6/19/2011.  We will celebrate with a picnic up on the Farm for my husband and two of our son's. I'm sure Erika's dad will be there and I know it will be a nice day just with everyone being together. The kids playing together and making us laugh.

There is always a large void in my heart when this day comes around, I have not celebrated Fathers Day with my father, "John Carmen Mianzo" since he passed away in 1976. It was 35 years ago on April 22. He had just turned 66 on March 19 of that year-  retired for a month and so looking forward to retirement. He was diagnosed with Lung Cancer on March 22 and passed away April 22 - i month later. Unbelievable.
I know a lot of people who's dad's have passed away and I am sure they all feel bad that they can't celebrate with their dad also. But I can't speak their feelings.

My mom was 55, my brother 24, Ron & I  at 33,  my sons were 12, 11, 7 and 5 years old. So they hardly have any memory of him. The two older ones do have a few, but the two younger ones remember hardly anything.
 They grew up knowing and doing things with my husband's father. I am happy they have had that experience, but I feel bad that they never got a chance to do even an 1/8 with my dad that they did with my father - in - law.
My dad was President of Glassport No.#1 fire hall for years, maybe they could be firemen today just like him, they would of loved his Italian dishes and Dandelion wine and he would of loved knowing that they love to cook and that my youngest is a policeman - in fact he would be so proud of all of them and who knows - he is probably smiling down on all of us today.

Reminiscing is a good thing for that means we have memories - - -

I know we are to live in the moment but having memories is a good thing. And I have a lot of wonderful memories that I share but not as often as I should,  I will change that and talk more.

Dee's shared items


This time of year makes me think of all of those things I have to be thankful for - - - -
my husband
my children
my grandchildren
my health
my freedom
always thankful for friends made