Friday, June 09, 2006

June Column

Mothballs In My Attic
By Cindy O’Neill JUNE COLUMN
Graduations and Father’s Day highlight this month. Graduations reflect an ending of an accomplishment but yet special feelings associated with a new beginning. It’s the moving from one phase of your life to an open door to the future. Father’s Day holds many feelings that are personal and more reflective to a different place and time. Father’s Day can encompass the working Dad who spent many a night at the office, the fishing Dad, handyman Dad, sports Dad, the Mr. Mom Dad, the "like a Dad to me" Dad, the grass cutting Dad or the dearly departed Dad. It’s a feeling of your Dad or Pops or Father who sits in a favorite chair or a Dad who spends time in the garage with his favorite hobby. It’s the traveling Dad who comes home with treats in his pockets or the Military Dad who was missed for so long. Remember the smells and feelings and special moments that just pop up in your mind when you think of Dad. It’s right there waiting to be felt again. Whatever you are feeling, celebrate the man and remember a part of him, because he is a part of you.
Let the mothballs refresh your memory; enter your attic and open your trunk.
See what comes forward with a step back to a day in June....
Reflect back in June, remembering
Dad, Granddad and Graduations
Make a Father’s Day Card for someone you
Fill in the blanks with just one word, and see how the memories flood back. Take your time, this is not to be rushed but rather enjoyed. Remember all the feelings and visual sensations, and experience the places your mind travels.
My father’s favorite chair in the house was ___________________________.
Grandpa spent most of his time _____________________________________.
My high school graduation ceremony was held at _________________________
Sharing a MIMA Moment
Sharing feelings of the family men in your life lends itself to recollections.
What are one or two things that your Dad taught you?

Column based on Mothballs In My Attic, a new fun nostalgia book that contains over 220 questions within 12 chapters, poems and illustrations.
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