Richard H Jamison, Hero to Many

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Being Memorial Day, I would have thought of you more often today Dad.  I wish I had thanked you for your service in Korea while you were here with us. I’m disappointed in the 35 yrs I had with you that I never thought of it.  I’m sure as a young man traveling to a country, foreign and different from your beloved Maine was more of a challenge than I ever realized.  Thank you for serving your country Dad.  How admirable.  But everything you did was admirable.

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I learned later in life the young boy on your lap was an orphan you wanted to adopt. To think I might have an older brother-by-choice but don’t, saddens me. Life doesn’t always play fair.  I wonder who he is, where he is and what his name is.  I’m sure you never stopped thinking of him when you returned to the states.   And judging by the way your arms are wrapped around his legs, I know you loved him.  I hope my arrival helped heal your heart.  How thoughtful.  But everything you did was thoughtful.

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I also would have thought of you today Dad because it was yours and Mom’s 48th Anniversary.  I’m sorry you shared only 37.  You know she still holds you in her heart.  You were such a great man. You and Mom sure did love to dance and that’s how I remember you together. Your dedication to one another conveyed a great example.  How loving. But everything you did was loving.

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Alas, the #1 reason I would have thought of you today Dad is because you would have been 80 years old on this day and I miss you immensely.

Happy Birthday Richard Hill Jamison!  Fly high and enjoy!

Thank you for believing in me.  You taught me to be independent, to listen to my own thoughts and not follow the crowd, to stand up for myself, to have confidence in my own abilities and most of all, to enjoy life.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart:

for a magical childhood, filled with activities and adventures.

for saying yes every single year for me to continue dance classes.

for allowing me to travel to NYC at 13 with a mentor.  

for sitting through every recital I was ever in.

for always having  a great sense of humor.

for camps, boats, ski-doos, countless hours of waterskiing, treks to the hill for snow skiing, minibikes, Winnebego travels and lots of fun times together with Mom and Karleen.

for teaching me to drive a stick at 12.  

for allowing me to fly your plane.  

for a wedding 32 years ago that was a dream.

for helping Craig, Jeremy, Sachi, Shelbi, Hans, Alani and me buy our 1st home in the Keys.  Dolphin Drive holds such sweets memories for all of us.  We have you to thank.  I wish Hans and Alani could have known you in this lifetime. You were a Dad to be proud of, a grandfather to die for.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being my Dad.

Until we meet again, I love you.

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