Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happenstance


Dad and me, 1963

When I started my blog last summer, I didn't know what direction it would take nor did I know that I would meet so many wonderful people. All I know is that I resisted starting a blog for so long but finally gave in because I realized it would provide a place for me to share what I was passionate about, whether it be scrapbooking, cooking, etc.


Fast forward to last week, last Tuesday to be exact. I received an anonymous comment from a man named Dan. Dan apologized for contacting me through my blog but it was the only way he knew to get in touch with me. Dan had just learned, via LinkedIn, that my Dad had passed away. He asked if I would mind if he shared his story and I am so thankful he did.


Dan's father worked for the company my father started in 1969. On the first Wednesday of every month, starting at the age of seven, Dan's father took him to work (he had a half day of school). Dan would visit with my Dad and my father taught him about buying stocks, art, and other "worldly" things. These lessons left a lasting impression on Dan and he and my father kept in touch over the years. Dan's hope was that my father would sit on the board of a company he would start some day.


Dad, 2010
I like to hear stories about how my Dad touched, or influenced, people's lives (and there have been many of them) and this story, once again, completely exemplifies my Dad. He loved to teach and was passionate about learning. He's even been known to help a child write up a business plan. He always provided the tools to get you going in the right direction but the rest was up to you. He also liked to give without any recognition whatsoever but I'm glad to know that Dad's "gift" has helped many and many have recognized the role he played in their lives.


What is the best thing that has happened to you as a result of your blogging? I'd love to know. :)
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14 comments:

  1. What a lovely man Dan is and your Dad was. This is the most heartwarming story! I love that he connected with you through your blog. Wow. This is wonderful.

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  2. How cool is that. What a great guy you dad was and Dan was lovely to want to share his story. Love it.

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  3. that is amazing that he found you and what a wonderful story!

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  4. awesome story!!! I am pretty new at blogging, but I have met some great people :)

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  5. Oh my gosh what a great story! Were you able to type that without any tears? Gosh... I don't even know when it comes to my blog. I take that back... the best thing is reading comments from those who appreciate my approach to scrapbooking and are learning it's not that scary and okay to scrap about ourselves.

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  6. That is such a great story!
    And how nice that your dad made such an impact on him that he wanted to share with you. I think it's wonderful when we get to see another side of our parents :)

    I love my private, family blog because it is so much like a diary. And I love going back and reading posts just for the memories or for journaling purposes.

    I love my scrap blog because it really has put me in touch with a lot of amazing people. I just posted about that today!

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  7. Hi Lisa! Just got around to following your blog! Love it! I use blogger too and I like to look at other's to get ideas! Great story about your dad. I grew up in Attleboro, MA and both sides of my family still live in Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, and West Springfield. I miss it!

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  8. Isn't that amazing! Gotta love the new technology stuff that so connects us.

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  9. great story Lisa, I think the best thing that has happened to me through blogging is making friendships and connecting with other girls that share the same passion of this hobby :)

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  10. that is amazing Lisa!!!What a great story and wonderful he went to the trouble to find you and tell you!!

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  11. What a great story and so glad he got in touch with you! How fun that he found you through blogging!

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  12. Thanks for sharing Lisa! The best part about blogging has been meeting and making friends with lovely people like you!

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  13. That is so inspiring!! Loved reading this!

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  14. What a great story Lisa! Makes you realize that even the little things you do can have long lasting effects. You are a lucky girl to have had such a wonderful influence over your life! Thanks for sharing his story.

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