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I was thrilled when I read the Sunday comics section last week, especially the strip called ”Pickles.” It was like the cartoonist, Brian Crane, had visited our home and was inspired by my 22-year-old granddaughter, Ruthie, and her new 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzle written about in Roving Around last week.

In case you missed it, everything went along smoothly at first as Ruthie, alone, started the giant puzzle (her first 2000-piece one and I didn’t know they made them this big). Days later, after working each day on the puzzle through her Christmas holiday, she discovered that there were five pieces missing. The puzzle could not be completed.

A thorough search of the floor surrounding the dining room table where she was working the puzzle didn’t reveal any dropped pieces. However, the three dogs in the house have been known to grab and chew oddities. Well, actually, the new puppy is the most likely culprit.

The comic strip described the situation perfectly! A dog chomps and a puzzle piece is gone. Thanks, Crane and Pickles. We will be looking for more! I always read this one.

Special tributes to a father

Often we get so wrapped up in our busy lives that we miss the things that we should pause to enjoy. Lately I have become more aware of all the things that my sons do for me.

Birthday and Father’s Day celebrations are something special for everyone, and often there are handwritten words on cards sent on these holidays. I admit I’ve failed to savor these sentiments at times, but recently I have been taking time to notice these things. Between being so wrapped up in my excitement for reaching my 90th birthday and the busy summer months in June during Father’s Day, I admit that I overlooked some special hand-written messages from my sons, Jimmy and Todd.

Pulling out some cards I received for my birthday and Father’s Day celebrations was something special for me just recently. It’s not Father’s Day now, nor is it my birthday. But I still enjoy reading these messages.

Starting with Jimmy and a card he gave me last Father’s Day (June 2019): This card was full of interesting remarks which I never realized were so detailed and personal. I was overwhelmed when I found the card and was reminded about what he wrote. I am going to share it with you, and I don’t think Jimmy will mind.

Printed on the front is as follows: “For My Wonderful DAD. This day that follows is a perfect time to say that men as wonderful as you don’t come along each day. And here’s another compliment I’d really like to add — It takes a truly special man to make such a special dad. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!”

Here’s the handwritten part that Jimmy included —

“Dear Dad, I’ve learned much from you over the years, including:

• How to catch a baseball and oil my glove,

• How to throw a knife so that it sticks in the ground,

• How to throw a horseshoe so that it spins like a slow Frisbee,

• How to enjoy old movies,

• And, of course, how to think before taking a photo, as well as how to appreciate words.

“The greatest lesson you’ve taught me, though, is how to keep growing and moving forward without getting distracted by the wrongs of others. I’m grateful for you and your presence in my life as well as my family’s. We love you! Jimmy.”

My youngest son, Todd, in his birthday card, hand wrote:

“Happy Birthday, Dad!

“Thank you for reporting your wisdom and knowledge over your ideas for all of us to share. I love you, Dad. Todd.”

I share these things with you to encourage you to let your father know what you appreciate about him if you still can. It means so much to us dads.


Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at robertwallen29@gmail.com.

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