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It’s The Little Things
Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by
Today’s blog challenge topic is “Little Things.”  To me, those words are synonymous with “It’s the little things.”  While pondering that phrase, I began to think about my father, and how “the little things” came naturally to him.

Has it really been 16 years since my dad died?

Although my father was a master at “the big things, “ he was equally adept at  making you feel special with the little things as well.

To begin with, he opened the car door for my mother.  When is the last time you saw that?  A gentleman opening a car door for a woman?  It’s the little things.  It really is.

And then there were the Price Club trips.  To those who aren’t as dated as I, Price Club is now what you call “Costco.”  Every Friday my father would go to Price Club and come back with a little special thing or two for me or my mother.  Nothing big… just a “surprise” to make our day a bit better.

There were also occasions in which he would walk in the house and unroll a long strip of lottery tickets.  For the next ten minutes, we would all work through the scratchers.  “If I get another heart, I win $50,000!”   He might have spent a whole ten or twenty dollars on the tickets, but our silly delight was worth far more than that.

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My father took his hat off indoors.  He gave up his seat to any woman who needed it, no matter the age.  Dad would take your coat when you entered the house, and never forgot to tell my mom she looked beautiful.

It’s the little things that make you big.  Here’s to all of us being just a tiny bit more BIG.

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  • That is such a nice post and your dad sounds wonderful. Everyone should have had a dad like that but I suspect they are rare. I am glad for you to have had one.

  • Lovely tribute to your dad. Sounds like a true southern gentleman.

  • Ron

    Aw…what an AWESOME tribute to you father, Katherine!

    And the whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking of my grandfather (my mother’s father) because he sounded exactly like your dad!

    “My father took his hat off indoors. He gave up his seat to any woman who needed it, no matter the age. Dad would take your coat when you entered the house, and never forgot to tell my mom she looked beautiful.”


  • Barb

    I am sure he is truly missed! You are lucky to have had a father like that-

  • Aww, what a wonderful post, Katherine. Your father sounds like an amazing man.

  • A lovely tribute to your Dad, and a testament to the little things making us feel special.

    “To begin with, he opened the car door for my mother. When is the last time you saw that? A gentleman opening a car door for a woman?”

    I’ll answer that. Every time my hubby and I go anywhere. He always opens the door for me to get in.

  • Mel

    …oh how he must be missed sorely.
    What a sweetheart.

  • Hey Katherine! “It’s the little things that make you big.” You put it better than I managed in 438 words. Well said. Indigo x

  • Ah…. I’m fortunate to still have my dad around. Like yours, he was the one who would always bring a little treat home for us. He lives in Florida now, but I still get to see him once a year. Wish it was more often, but I’ll take what I can get!

  • MalisaHargrove

    Your story today warmed my heart. It sounds like your father was a wonderful man, husband and father. You are a lucky woman to have started out life with a man like that to always be there for you. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories!

  • That’s beautiful, Katherine. My dad always walks on the “outside” of my mom, in other words, closest to the road. I’d forgotten about that until reading your post. Thank you for reminding me of some of the little things and how big they really are.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    That’s a beautiful remembrance, Katherine. He must have been a very special person, and I’m sure you miss him terribly.

  • Very nice piece, Katherine. I always love reading things like this. Turns out all those little things really were big, eh?

  • KZ

    This is a wonderful tribute, Katherine. Your dad sounds like a loving, chivalrous gentleman. I also really like your final concluding sentences. They wrap a perfect bow around this lovely post.

  • Awwwwwww. You’re father was an incredible man. I wish they still made guys like that.

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