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A Father's Day Gift for a Daughter

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credit: Mary Beth Weisenburger

My cellphone pinged and I checked to see who was texting me at 11 p.m. It was my friend Rita, and she had attached a photo to her message. When I clicked on it, there was my dad, standing outside of his fuel delivery truck in 1972, like he had just hopped out and was about to shut the truck door. That would not have been unusual, except for a mysterious aberration: Instead of work clothes, my dad was wearing a satin vest, a long-sleeved white shirt, an armband and a felt hat! And he was sporting a beard, which was definitely not typical.

For a second, I couldn't make sense of the photo. But then it hit me -- Dad was celebrating the 100th anniversary of our town's Pioneer Days festival by growing a beard and wearing vintage attire on the weekend of the festivities. Rita's mom must have taken the photo at the parade on that Sunday. Rita found it while going through some of her mother's things and decided to share it with me.

My dad passed away 13 years ago. When I look at the photo now, so close to Father's Day, I try to imagine what Dad, 39 years old at the time, was doing. He loved our small town and was always involved in something community-related. Was he getting ready to take his place as announcer on the PA system for the event as he did every year? Had he taken his shined-up fuel truck through the parade and thrown candy out the window to the kids along the route (a likely scenario)? Or was he finished with his volunteer shift and about to enjoy the company of friends and family as the celebration continued? Whatever the case, he looked young, dapper and happy, and it made me smile.

That late-night text ended up being the perfect Father's Day gift to me.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Do you have a certain photo of your father that you cherish? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Here is an email response from the May 2, 2018, update question: What are some of your favorite last-day-of-school memories?

Carol Schoepf shared, "We were a very rural community, so nearly everyone rode a bus to school. On our last day of school every student that had a younger sibling brought them to school for the last-day picnic. All the teachers brought food, and we all sat around on the lawns and enjoyed laughing and eating. It was a nice way to introduce school to the preschoolers. Our rhyme was a little different from yours. All the way home we all sang 'Summer is here! No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's scolding looks. School is out!'"

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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