Memories Of My Father On Father's Day

When I was a kid growing up in Haiti, my father used to say things to me that I never understood, but he said them anyway. My father used to do things around me that were meaningless at that time I thought, but he did them anyway.


A Father and His new born Baby

As I grew older I began to realize that my entire life has been somehow affected by the all little things my father said and all the little things my father did.

From time to time, something happens to me, I learn a new lesson in life, and one of these little bust of memories between me and my father comes up from out of nowhere and I would say to myself...

"My God... The old man knew what he was doing.... Now I know why he said this to me "20" years ago... Now it makes sense... Hmmmm...."

Daddy used to look at me, smile, and rub his hands on my head.

Now that I find myself doing it to my own son I realize that it was an unspoken way of saying "I Love You."

When I was a kid, I would do something wrong and quickly turn my head to see if my father noticed...

Thank God he didn't because, although my dad hardly ever laid his hands on me, when he would sit me down and talk some sense into me, I just wish he would just whoop my butt and get if over with.

Growing up in Haiti, my dad would wake up one evening and say to us kids:

"Ann al nan Pam Pi Dous..."

That usually means ice cream in Champs-de-Mars, Hamburgers 'sou Bicentenaire la' or 'konsonmen' by the ocean at a place they used to call "Chauffeur guide" not far from the Port-au-Prince seaport.

And the stories boy... they're still coming in... That's one of the reasons I just love being around that guy...

My father... Galbeau Saint Preux...

At 75 years old, the old man is still kicking. He's always happy... Always trying to cheer people up... That must be the cure for stress and long life....

Every time you think you know all there is to know about my father, he tells you another story you never heard before.

What a guy...

I feel so lucky to have a father like that...

Happy father's day dad...

Happy fathers day to all the father's like you...

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Josy says...

ROSE MARIE I GREW UP DURING THE DUVALIER REGIME, AND I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

YOU MUST BE VERY YOUNG IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT DUVALIER EXILED EVEN HIS OWN CHILDREN, AND WHAT WENT ON IN HAITI DURING HIS REGIME.

YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR ELDERS, AND THEY WILL TELL YOU ABOUT IT. YOU STILL COULD NOT POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WAS LIKE GROWING UP UNDER FRANCOIS DUVALIER, AND I AM A VICTIM.

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Josy says...

ROSE MARIE MY FATHER DIED FOUR YEARS AGO, AND YES I DID ENJOY HIM. GOOD

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Yashuo-hafet says...

My father pass away when I was 12 years-old in NewYork City ever since I did not pay attention about father's day. To my knowledge it's a good thing to give thanks to your parents for all the great things they have done for you in this hard, and bad confuse life time. My best hope is for All the Hebrew Isrealites Parent's, and children's can repentance, and come to the Knowledge, Wisdom,Understanding truth of all the Bible scriptures, so we can have a great heavenly father day

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Rose-marie says...

Hi, you wrote that your dad was an intellectual and that the country doesn't appreciate them, I don't know if that is true, but I kind of have the same feeling about my own dad, we live abroad though.

It is great that you could learn from and enjoy him, some people don't have that

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Brenda says...

I understand what you are all trying to express.

There is nothing in the world like a caring DAD. I lost my dad to cancer almost 12 years ago and it hurts my heart just like it was yesturday.

They say only the good die young.

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Martine says...

MY FATHER JACQUES ALFRED MICHEL

HE WAS MY FATHER AND ALSO MY MOM.HE GAVE US THE BEST THE WORLD COULD OFFER.

HE SENT MONEY FOR US EVERY MONTH RAIN OR SHINE.

I DID GET TO MEET HIM UNTIL I WAS 20YRS OLD.WHAT A MAN?HE DIED 9YRS AGO OF CANCER.BOY I MISS HIM!!!!I AM WHO I AM BECAUSE OF

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Josy says...

"Papi ton" was a man with a vision, and ahead of his time. He lived to be 98 years old, and was a genuis.

His mind was wasted in Haiti, and it is a country who does not appreciate intellectuals.

He suffered in silence, and managed to care for his family.

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Miggy says...

Woody.

You look just like your father.

I assume that these two boys sitting by him are yours.

They also look just like you.

I have no doubt that your dad is a great dad, through the work that you are doing.

He has raised a wonderful human being.

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