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Today, four years ago, my Dad passed away. It was expected, sad yet a relief. Anyone who has watched a beloved parent struggle with the loss of dignity that accompanies very old age will understand that mixture of emotions. Dad loved a good shirt and Mum loved to buy him shirts so tonight's puzzle is a selection of beautiful men's dress shirt fabrics.

Dad passed on to meet with his Saviour. Dad was the finest gentleman and a gentle man too. His priorities were - God first, his beloved wife Trish, second, family - children, grandchildren, sister, brothers, third; and church, the community, his work and responsibilities shifting according to circumstances and demands.
He was honest to a fault, a workaholic, a great host, and despite being kak-handed, not as in left handed, but as being really bad at practical tasks, he would uncomplainingly shift furniture, hang wallpaper (he got quite good at that) and do the washing up to help Mum.

Despite hating hospital visiting, if Mum was in hospital for any of the numerous times she landed up there, he would visit her afternoon and evening, sitting there quietly to keep her company. He adored her and would take up the cudgels on her behalf if he thought it was warranted.

He was a naturally impatient man who could be endlessly patient if it was needed. Dad spent many evenings when I was 14 and 15 trying to get the fundamentals of algebra and geometry to make sense to me. It was one of the few things that he failed utterly. He was considerably more successful in teaching me punctuality and the ethics of hard work and diligence.

At the end, he still did not want to go on, mostly because he worried about Mum and how she would fare without him. Despite his great faith he fought to the end. Dylan Thomas has it right:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Credits: Mood Fabrics, Ralph Lauren, Thibaut Design, IndiaMart, Schumacher, Joann, Rebecca Atwood, Kravet Design, Wayfair, Sailrite, Online Fabric Store, Waverly, Perigold, Philip Jeffries, Cole & Son
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Woodowly

Thank you so much dear Judy. (*~*) YF Jayne

Dear Jayne, Wow! What a thoughtful tribute to your father and to think of using shirt fabrics, well it's so creative and appropriate along with your tender words, then a poem. Your dad was blessed in you! Hugs from your friend, Judy

Woodowly

Thank you so much Eloise. I was very blessed to have him as my Dad. Jayne

Your Dad sounds like a very dedicated man. What a fitting tribute to him. My heart goes out to you.

Woodowly

Thanks so much Arla. We have so many good memories though and I was blessed to have him for so many years. Jayne

Thank you for this piece about your Dad and this lovely puzzle you've dedicated to him. My sympathy in your loss x

Woodowly

Hi Geri, We were very lucky to have him as our dad. He and Mum gave us a very stable and secure home to launch from. Jayne

Thank you so much for sharing a little about your wonderful dad with us. I think you are lucky to have had such a wonderful father! (I also was very fortunate in who my parents were.)

And thank you also for regularly posting such great puzzles!

Woodowly

Thank you so much Jjams, KK and Jane. He was an exceptional man. YF Jayne

I second jjams and kk20187. You have done your father proud. Hugs, Jane

KK20187

Your tribute is a poetic masterpiece. Yes, as jjams has said, you have shared your heart and I thank you for it.

What a beautiful tribute to your dad!! I do love that Dylan Thomas poem. 💙 Thank you for sharing your heart!

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