Admiration: Weekly Photo Challenge

My Dad is a person I have admired from before the time I first knew him. My Dad had a wonderful sense of humour. His childhood and university days were full of harmless pranks and the nicest sound I can remember is my Dad reading or listening to the radio when something would tickle his sense of humour making him laugh out loud, infecting anyone within hearing.

1959.13 Jim at Church Door

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My Dad had a strong faith but this did not stop him laughing at jokes. He taught me that if you believe in something a little ridicule will not rock that belief, if it does then you need to re-examine yourself. He also taught me that in life it is essential to be able to laugh at yourself. My Dad gave us the foundations for living our life honestly, cleanly, with compassion for all of our fellow human beings no matter what the race or creed may be. He gave us a foundation in Christianity and left it up to us to make our own choice, with no rancour when we both eventually chose to go our own way.

1964.14 Jim Ebenezer

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He was well respected within the church, ending his time as a Presbyterian in the role of Clerk of Assembly and standing tall amongst those that did not want to go with the uniting of the Prebyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches.

1965.10 Mrs Thomas,Jim

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He was loved by his parishioners – both the elderly

1963.9 SS picnic race, Irene

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and the children.

1963.13 JCI,jacaranda tree

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But to me he was my Dad.  Helping me out of the trees I climbed and then became afraid to get down.

1964.4 J,C,I,Ballina beach

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Teaching us to swim and surf.

1964.6 Jim,Irene in flat

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Loving and caring even when I was grumpy.

1966.6 J,C,I,walk on rocks

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Exploring rock pools

1966.7 Jim,Aud,Col,Irene

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1962.3 J,C,I, Casino

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Always there

1967.2 Irene Jim

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1971.8 Audrey & Jim

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With my Mum providing a loving home (unappreciated at the time)

1974.2 Irene,Jim atMascot

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Always in the background


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and in the foreground


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And it was so special that he performed our marriage ceremony.

We were living in Vanuatu when he died. Although he has been gone over twenty years I still feel his presence within me. Love you Dad.

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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24 Responses to Admiration: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. ksbeth says:

    what a wonderful tribute to your dad )

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    A sweet and loving tribute, Irene, and I can see how you resemble him in some of the photos.

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  4. This is a beautiful tribute, I enjoyed reading it.

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  5. Lovely. How great that you have so many photos of him through the years.

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  6. Christina B says:

    That’s lovely. It sounds like a was a kind and just man.

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  7. taphian says:

    a moving but wonderful story

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  8. Ruth says:

    A lovely tribute to your father and perfect for the challenge this week.

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  9. What a wonderful story of your dad. You are so fortunate to have so many photos. He left you too young but he gave you a strong and loving foundation.

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  10. colinmathers says:

    Thanks Irene, I could not agree more. And some wonderful photos I hadn’t seen before. One small comment. You said he stood tall amongst those who were against uniting. Might be misunderstood that he was against uniting. In fact, he was one of the strong proponents of uniting, and played a key role in the negotiations to make it happen.

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  12. Oh, geez, lady. I’m crying. This is beautiful. 💕 And wow how this stood out: “He taught me that if you believe in something a little ridicule will not rock that belief, if it does then you need to re-examine yourself.”

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  13. lubkin2013 says:

    Irene, most children don’t appreciate a safe and wholesome childhood while they are living it. It is only when they grow up and look back that they truly value what their parents provided.

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