Wednesday, May 9, 2012

tomatoes in heaven

I know I am not alone in saying that our blogging friends, especially those we've blogged with for years, become like family.  There is love, concern, and true friendship.

Today, I lost one of my dearest blog family members, DAD.

Somehow, DAD came across my blog, most likely due to his love of shelties.  He once had a dear sheltie named Scottie.  DAD read my blog, fell in love with Misty and Oreo, and our friendship began.  That friendship spread throughout my family as well.

DAD was most likely the oldest blogger out there.  At 90 somethin', he was still writing a post every day (except Sundays).  His blog is named  http://tomatogardeningwithdad.blogspot.com/ , but believe me, it wasn't all about tomatoes.

Every morning, I'd drink a cup of coffee with DAD.  I'd read his words of wisdom, laugh at some funny stories, and click on some amazing links.

DAD was all about spreading smiles and kindness, reminding us that each day is precious, don't waste it, and to always live for others.

DAD kept things in perspective for all of us.

DAD, you will be missed, but your gentle messages will live on in our hearts.

I do believe there will be a bumper crop of tomatoes in heaven this year.


20 comments:

Helen said...

I feel so sad but I know he is probably smiling and shouting and hugging all his loved ones who have gone on before. Helen

Bailey said...

How sad. How wonderful that blogging could bring that kind of interaction, though.

Chris and Ricky said...

So sorry to hear about DAD's passing, Sara! I agree that all of my dearest blogging friends are like family to me. I am sad you lost one of yours today. He sounds like a wonderful man. My heart goes out to his family on the internet and in real life.

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Every blog buddy we loose with or without fur - makes our hearts heavy....until we remember all the good times and then it aches a little less.

Nicki said...

Oh, that's very sad. What a nice tribute to a member of the cyber-family.

Helen said...

You can make some close connections on a blog.

At the end of this month It will be a year since I lost my DAD. They are never truly gone as long as they are remembered.

betty said...

I'm not a blogger but I read yours everyday and this is where I found DAD. He was up and blogging before 3AM everyday. I think that you often posted photos soon after midnight because you knew that he would be up soon and checking your site. He loved Misty, Oreo, Chewy and Sara's Dog training. DAD is a precious memory. We will miss his daily smiles, words of wisdom and remind to live for others. We miss him. Your post is a fine tribute to this lovely man. Aloha from HI....Sara's aunt

houndstooth said...

What a beautiful tribute! I'll bet DAD is still checking up on all that you're doing every day.

corbinwooten said...

RIP DAD. Thinking of those whose lives he touched.

Priscilla said...

A very beautiful tribute to DAD, Sara! I visited DAD's blog on and off and enjoyed reading his funny jokes and I love how he lived his life, shared his happiness to everyone. DAD was a man of wisdom!

Our hugs to his family!

Kathy said...

oh how sad to lose such a wonderful guy, it is funny how much you can be involved with people you never have met in person but have got such a look into what they love most in life .

Casper Bear said...

We are so sorry to hear about Dad's passing. A lovely tribute. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. RIP Dad
Lotsa Licks
Casper Bear

Dawn said...

Oh no! I read DAD's blog when I found it on yours. What a sweet man...and he was still full of life right up till Monday! I feel so sad for his family who must be in shock. I see he had a book, did you order one? I'm so sorry Sara, I know you will miss him terribly.

Sara said...

Yes, I have an autographed copy of the book! I shared a photo of Katie with him for his "smile album", and katies photo is in the book!

Diana said...

Oh so sad.

The book was such a great idea.

Dawn said...

You know I've been thinking about him all morning. I think his blog will be a big comfort to his family. As will the book. What a kind man.

Dawn said...

Just wrote about him. By doing that I hope to be able to get back to work. Less distracted. Funny. Never met him. Still...

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Sorry to hear about DAD's passing. Mommy clicked on your link to his blog and read his post about starting Monday's with a clean white sheet, to live a life for others, and to live a life to be proud of, and to keep the sheet clean. How true is that! Mommy says she guesses she shouldn't grumble so much on Monday mornings and to see life a little more like DAD. DAD sounded like an amazing guy!

pooky said...

So sorry to hear about DAD's passing.
This is such a lovely tribute. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Honey the Great Dane said...

What a lovely tribute - and what an amazing person DAD seemed! I'm sorry I never got to know him. And wow - 98 and blogging??!! Most people past their 60's struggle to find their way around a computer...just amazing. He probably should get recognition just for being the oldest blogger!

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