My Father, Michael Douglas Flannery, I remember with great fondness and love. He was a quiet, strong and patient man who gave me a sense of security as a child.
I admired his patience and passion for the things he loved to do and people he loved to share his time with. He was a quiet man and as a child, when I would look up at him, his tall frame seemed so towering over mine. When he would reach down to pick me up and hold me, his strength would pull me up with such ease I thought he could always protect me from any bad dream.
As a child, sensitive and imaginative, I really loved the feeling of my Dad’s protection. I thank God, as a curious child, I had a Father like him.
He was one who understood my explorative nature, but kept a watch on me. He understood my independent nature and also my deep need for love.
He is the one whose passion and inspiration for plants and gardening, taught me so much and inspired me to gain more knowledge of plant essences.
I remember his love of Family and gathering with them during the Holidays. His warmth, generous smile and happy demeanor were always a welcome sight.
I will always remember his patience teaching me how to plant my first garden as a young girl. I loved the way my bare feet touched the cool upturned soil on the warm spring day.
He taught me how to carve my first Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween. This was exciting for me as he showed me how to use his favorite fish carving knife, carefully. It made me feel so special that he trusted me.
He taught me how to fish and our Family’s camping trips were the highlight of my summers.
My Dad loved many things, simple pleasures through all the seasons. He was an outdoors kind of man. His hands were strong and busy. He was so fond of fishing, camping, boating, and gardening. He was adept at woodworking and making things. I loved his creativity and joyful spirit.
He also “carved the path” of how I would view other men that came into my life.
I have been blessed to know many good men in my Family and as friends who have been loving and nurturing and showing strength and discipline when needed.
I can only whisper in prayer and praise to my Father now, and some of the other wonderful men I have known…these wonderful moments you all have given to us I am forever thankful and gracious beyond words.