Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hidden...



The boys call him dad. But Superman might be just as fitting.


His cape, once resting across shoulders easily 80 miles wide, has only continued to widen over the years. Oh it's tarnished, weathered, frayed at the edges. It's lost its luster. But its protective qualities never fail.


Just last week, it stretched again, when he saw the disappointed look on another dad's face who was too strapped for money, to sign his son up for sports. He recognized the crestfallen look, the lines of worry and stress, the burden this dad must feel. He lifted a tiny bit of that weight, paving the way for the boy to play sports this winter. Superman did so, anonymously, with no fanfare, and just a hint of his Clark Kent glasses peeking from his pocket.  He'll even be a bit perturbed at me for telling on him, but I'll take that risk.  


I'm outing him, because most of the time his talents are hidden. He is a behind the scenes kind of person, and enjoys giving the spotlight to others.  He is notably absent in these photos... but really he is there.  He loves us through his lens, his eyes with x-ray vision for our best qualities, even when we make it really hard for him to find the best in us.  


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It was the 4th of July when we took these photos at the big tree.  I first took photos and wrote about that very tree here, the day our beloved Dakota passed away a little over a year ago.   Little did we know, the second time we visited the same tree, just over 24 hours later, my father would pass away. 


Even Superman's super powers could not shield us from the sadness and loss, his cape seemingly inadequate at that time, although those 80 mile wide shoulders were leaned on heavily by me.   But months later, while searching for these photos, I found a hidden treasure...  3 videos he took of Dad on this same July 4th afternoon. I'd thought they perished when the old Mac died on us. But the files were just hidden, thoughtfully tucked away on an external drive, left for me to find, exactly when I would need them the most.  Superman strikes again...


   


This time it was right before my eyes, in plain sight.  You see, that "S" on Superman's chest? That "S" on the shield is actually Kryptonian for the word "Hope."   


I'm joining a new link party today over at "the habit of being."  If you haven't met Amanda, you really should. 

23 comments:

  1. Touching post Vicky! I really like the new look of your site!

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  2. WoW! This post is awesome! LOVE!
    Great new look!

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  3. What a tribute Vicky...wonderful photos and your heart towards Rick just shines through. He's truly an amazing man.
    xoxo

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  4. This brought tears to my eyes and blessing to my heart for all of you.

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  5. It always thrills me when I hear about GOOD men, sometimes it seems they are few nowadays. Love the pictures here too. :D

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  6. Beautiful post and a heartfelt tribute to your wonderful husband. I went back and re-read that post from a year ago when you lost Dakota. It still brought tears to my eyes. You speak of your husband as a hero. It must run in the family. Our family will never forget the way YOU swooped in and saved the day when our precious Sugar was so sick and in need of surgery. Everytime we love on her I thank God for blessing us with you. Your boys are blessed to belong to such loving and kind parents. ((hugs))

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  7. Vicky...I LOVE coming here for so many reasons....'love' being the operative word. Your husband is indeed "Superman" ...and I tip my hat to him...knowing that this is probably only the tip of the iceberg regarding his love and generosity for others.
    I smiled with tears as I read about sweet Dakota. Our pets never leave us....always with us in our hearts.
    What beautiful photographs....absolutely capturing the JOY of your beautiful family. Give Superman another pat on the back for always ALWAYS taking the best photos.
    Your Dad is with me in my heart, Vicky. As I read your blog, I know that you miss him very much. I extend love to you.....and warmest hugs.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  8. This brought tears to my eyes. I love reading about great men but even more I love hearing from women who love these men and lift them up and cherish them. Far too often I find women are bashing their husbands for this or that...I'm sure we could all think of a few things he's done wrong but the things he does right outshine the rest, don't they? I've only just begun to get to know you through your blog but I'm guessing you must be a pretty amazing woman/sidekick to Superman ;-)

    And that photo of you and your son - the one with you to the right of the frame laughing - perfection!

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  9. What an awesome post, Vicky. Awesome.

    Dear Clark Kent: You are awesome too. Thank God for people like you.

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  10. Chelsea, thanks, I was beyond ready for a change!

    Missy, thanks, and I am just noticing your boots... great taste, exactly what I have in mind :)

    Robin, thank you, I happen to know we are both deeply blessed in the hubby department :) xoxo

    Susan, thank you for your sincere and generous words :)

    Kaleena, I have missed you! I am so glad Sugar continues to do well, she was far too precious to not try and help :) Plus it kept Dakota's spirit a little more alive within me :) Hugs to you, I hope you are well.

    Julie, I just wanted to be sure he knew its how I choose to see him, despite flaws and failing, his and mine.

    Jackie, love the new profile pic, and love having you drop in like this :) I think of you often and know Dad treasured your sweet words of encouragement to him. Much love to you :)

    Amanda, its been an honor getting to know you. I have a feeling there is much more left for us to learn about each other... but sure am enjoying this process of discovery. I think your blog is about to take flight and I am so excited to see that happen :)

    Karen, thank you, honestly, I think you could have written this about yourself, as could all of my lovely blog readers :) I don't think its just me, but thanks for your sweet words.

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  11. What a wonderful love letter!

    Now if the shirts on your boys had just said Phillies instead of Twins this would be a perfect post (grin).

    Thanks for sharing your hubby-love, it gave me hope - and smiles.

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  12. Coming from someone who has received an anonymous gift of kindness, these things are such blessings and stick with you, and inspire you.... Bless you and your husband! Wonderful post.

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  13. wow. i love your love for your husband, it's beautiful and got me all choked up. I'll definitely be back for more!

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  15. this brought me a lump to my throat, that I couldn't deny. ; )
    what a love filled post.

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  16. ... just as it should be ... wonderwoman is married to superman. love hearing about these quiet, unheralded acts of kindness!

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  17. What a touching post Vicky. You have such a great close-knit family, I just love that. Superman...what a nice way to speak about your hubby. God Bless our husbands!

    Nice photos too.

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  18. Lovely post Vicky, sound like you are blessed with a great guy. Love that the S stand for hope.

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  19. Hi!!!! Vicki, Great loving post again.
    Breathtakingly beautiful pictures.I loved the pic with your younger son making adorable facies n you laughing your heart out on that trunk of the tree.Soooo natural and palatable.
    I must credit my heart to the photographer here.I hope HE is your Super Man, again behind the scenes.

    I always feel enormous comfort and joy whenever I visit here.Rather many a times I feel myself as part of your loving family...I'm always so happy for such a wonderful sister,mother,wife and above all a a great woman.

    I can truly say that being married to an “encourager” is what keeps you going through thick and thin.

    With deep regards ,
    dr ss yadav

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  20. This post is beautiful. Hope is really what it is all about. I'm sure your Superman just loves everything about you. Who wouldn't? Love the pictures. The picture of you by yourself is gorgeous :)

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  21. I love reading about your family.

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  22. Amazing writing yet again. A lovely post about a fantastic man. Then again look at you - beautiful, talented, a heart of gold and with the best legs I have seen. You both deserve one another. Lucky kids to have such great parents. Promise me you will write a book one day - you so have what it takes.

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  23. Oh, sweet girl. I am so glad you are loved so well. And I am grateful for your videos... I wish I had one. I wish I had his voice.

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