1.28.2011

Of Course It's Not Just About The Car

Do you remember that commercial where the big, tough-guy daddy asks his daughter how her car is running? Maybe it was a Hallmark commercial? Or perhaps McDonald's? I'm unclear on the specifics. Anyway. The big, tough-guy daddy asks his daughter if she's getting the oil changed regularly and checking the air pressure in the tires occasionally and she assures him that she is. Definitely. Maybe. Because after all she's a girl and trusts that her daddy will always double check things like that for her.

That commercial always made me cry because that big, tough-guy daddy was in his own way, and not necessarily with words, telling his daughter that he loved her.

And because it made me think of my own big, tough-guy daddy.

When I was in college he used to obsess about how my little Honda was running because of the many, many miles between our house and Abilene. By asking about my car and checking on it regularly he was, by proxy, checking on me and showing his love and concern for my little Honda's precious cargo. He would quiz me occasionally to see if I knew how to change a flat tire and always waited anxiously by the phone to know I had made the drive safely back to Abilene after a visit home.

One time, either during my freshman or sophomore year, my dad and step mom Ruby came to visit, bearing a gift that daddy was beside himself with glee to bestow upon me. He had told me he had something for me and me, being the girly girl I am, had spent a fair amount of time daydreaming about the possibility of this gift being a cute new coat or boots or something.

Imagine my surprise when I opened up a box containing a battery operated emergency air pump, complete with its very own light just in case I was ever stranded by a flat tire on the side of the road in the dark.

I tried to swallow my initial disappointment that this air pump was not, in fact, something cute to wear and was, in fact, an air pump and show my appreciation.

But you know what? Over time I realized that asking about my car, making sure I was equipped to travel safely (a dependable Honda, a cell phone that came in its very own bag and don't forget, the emergency air pump) was his way of telling me he loved me and worried about me.

I've written a little bit about my daddy before (and I would be beyond tickled pink if you'd take a minute to click over and read it) because in case you didn't know, he's a pretty special guy. Lately though he's had a bit of a blow in regard to his health and has had to make some tough decisions. I haven't mentioned all of this before now because, well, I like to live in denial about certain things, truth be told I thrive there.

My big, tough-guy daddy is undergoing surgery today to remove several cancerous tumors in his abdomen and on his liver. If you pray, I would certainly appreciate you lifting him up in prayer today and in the upcoming days as he recovers. As you've probably guessed my manly-man daddy is a man of few words. He's good at telling you the whats, the whens and the wheres but otherwise keeps his deeper feelings to himself. But I think he's kind of scared.

And I am too.

"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up." James 5:15

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Philippians 4:6

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 12:12

15 comments:

  1. Thinking of and praying for your family.

    "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16

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  2. Praying for you guys ... Funny story but so true that the airpump was just a sign of how much he worries and cares. It may not have been boots but means so much more, dontcha think? ((( hugs )))

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  3. I'll pray for your dad. I hope your family can be at peace through this surgery and recovery.

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  4. Text me later. I'd love to come and sit with you...

    Love you and praying for Pappo!

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  5. Praying for your Dad and for you!

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  7. Praying for you, my friend. That is so, so hard.

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  8. Love your blog- I don't think I've ever commented before, but I read regularly. I will be praying for you & your dad today. He has a great birthday- it's one day after mine & on my Father in Law's b-day. Neat connection.

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  9. I will pray for both of you! That's a heavy burden to carry alone. I've always been struck by your writing on your dad by what a wonderful father he seems to be. I hope everything goes well. Keep us posted!

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  10. Praying for your sweet father, your step mother, and for you. Praying specifically Isaiah 40:31 which says... " but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

    Thank you for sharing your burden with us.

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  11. Been thinking of you alot today! I hope that things have gone ok and your Daddy is resting. What a lucky girl you are to have such a sweet and special dad who loves you so! It's a special bond, for sure. I'll be praying for you all and especially Pappo. Please let me know if you need anything! Love you.

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  12. I'm just reading this Sunday, but I will be lifting you and your dad in prayer. I am super close to my dad, and when I let my mind wander to a life without him I quickly leave that place, because it is not something I care to think on. My dad checked on my car too. He still calls and talks about the weather. Hold tight Holly!

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  13. I'm praying for you and your family, Holly. Thank you for sharing this sweet post about your Dad. I hope everything went better than expected on Friday. xoxo

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  14. just catching up on blogs...

    I've been praying.

    There are many other comments I would like to make about your other posts, but they can wait.

    Love ya!

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