Celebrating Father’s Day: A tribute to my Father

Celebrating Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day, which honours fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society originated in the USA. It was celebrated for the first time on the 3rd Sunday of June 1910,

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Fifty-eight years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official holiday Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday in the USA. It is now celebrated in many countries around the world. 

My Father Eurtis Ivanhoe Horace Morrison

My Father was born in 1916 and grew up in Barnstable, Trelawny, Jamaica. He wanted to become a doctor but his family could not afford the fees for medical training so he became a land surveyor instead, as these professionals were much needed in the war years.

It was just as well, as a running joke in the family was that his remedy for most ailments was a large dose of Ferrol, a dietary supplement!  

My Father was immensely proud of his Scottish heritage, and we did celebrate his 90th  birthday with a weekend party in Edinburgh, as he happened to be visiting the UK. The above picture was taken at his party, where the gentlemen were all fully kilted!

Qualities of fatherhood

My Father’s love for his family was key and the most important aspect of his life. He was a stickler for fairness and a fountain of generosity.

For his generous and supportive community involvement, he was awarded the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service, in 2010, by the Governor-General of Jamaica.

He was quick of wit and remained a ‘lady magnet’ even in his advanced years. Wendy, a nursing friend, shared with me that my Father had told her, “That if she was his nurse he would never want to get well”.

She considers it the nicest thing anyone had ever said to her. She fondly remembers his charming personality. Few people in life can make such a lasting, warm, first impression.

To me, my Father was simply the best! His humour, humanity and generosity of spirit have been a life guide.

Although I can never fill his shoes he always urged me to keep striving. While I followed this path not much could go wrong, especially as I always knew he was waiting to see me safely around the next corner.

His assessment of his life 

My Father gave this assessment of his life, “Longevity has been due to my honesty in business and the marketplace of life and the enjoyment of a fair amount of Scotch, the jumping of the Bungee at the age of 75 and the tactfulness to marry a wife who did not know how to handle a rolling pin!”

His last short speech given at his 97th birthday celebration ended thus: “ Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Worship thy God and to all men be true.”

His legacy

I cannot see him, but he is still close beside me because death is about learning to live with him in a new relationship.

He remains my role model and inspiration. His name is called frequently as I share my triumphs and frustrations.  I draw comfort that on the 28th of December 2013 a colossus entered eternity. My Father joined Corrine, my Mother, the love of his life, in a never-ending embrace.

Have a very Happy Father’s Day celebration!

Tra for now

Magi

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