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Let's Hear It For The Dads!

Father's Day is just around the corner, so we want to honor the fathers in our lives. Sadly, Mine and Dee Dee's fathers have passed on but their memory lives on through all that we have learned from them. Cherish your dads while you still have them.

My father was the best mix of stern, loving, creative, and crazy. I was a Daddy's girl through and through. He always had a camera or video camera pointed in my direction. Every time we were visiting family he and my uncle Marlin had video cameras perched on their shoulders. As a teenager I found it so annoying to have a camera in my face all the time but now I am thankful for all those captured memories. I inherited boxes of those video tapes and it's impossible not to laugh while watching them because my dad and my uncle were also some of the best entertainment.

James Edward Price best known as Sonny.....this was my (Dee Dee's) dad. He passed away in 2007. When I was younger we traveled around a lot. He had what my mom liked to call a gypsy heart with roller skate feet. I had a pretty good childhood, looking back. I didn't have everything I wanted but I had everything I needed. My dad and I didn't always have the closest relationship but I loved him dearly and miss him greatly! When I became an adult, we gained a totally different relationship and it was GREAT! He was an Amazing Santa! Seeing him in his Santa suit with little kids smiling in awe still makes my heart swell with pride. Christmas is the hardest time of year for me for missing him.

My parents split up when I was very young. Around the age of 6 I gained a bonus dad. While he and I butted heads through the years, I wouldn't be who I am without his influence in my life. We spent time taking trips and exploring old Nevada ghost towns. He taught me to drive and supported some of my dreams along the way. A few years after my mother passed away he found someone and I gained another bonus mom. I know she and I worried before our first meeting that I would dislike her for "replacing" my mother but she truly is an angel and disliking her is impossible.

Now that my boys are grown, I am blessed to witness my oldest son's growth as a father. He has two beautiful girls that he would die for. Fatherhood has been a learning experience for him, as it is for any father. I look forward to watching his continued growth as a father.

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