Monday, June 18, 2007

Daddy-ness



This is one of my favorite young pictures of my dad before he was my dad. He left Greece at 17 in search of a better education, he married my mother here because he found love, and he stayed here to give his children the best life possible. And it has been the best life possible. No one on this earth exceeds my dad in compassion, generosity or self-reliance.


I've received too many gifts from him to name, but my most cherished gift is his artistry that showed up in my genes. He didn't choose to pursue an artistic career because he couldn't assure the well-being of our family with that. But he secured a world for me where I could choose that, or anything else.

The best choice I ever made was marrying the amazing father of my children. I had never met a college guy so nuts for babies. We would be on a date and he'd point out a cute baby at the next table. He changed Juliana's diapers for the first several days before I had it all figured out. Completely different kind of approach to fatherhood than my own dad, but equally loving. Whether it was bottle-feeding Juliana in the middle of the night to give me a break during my first trying days of motherhood, or helping the boys perfect their cannonballs off the diving board as he has been for more than a week now, we just can't do without him.


When a father takes pleasure in helping his children, whether monetarily, emotionally or in learning how to have fun, it's truly a blessing. And just like the motherly traits that seem to rub off on our girls, we see our boys taking pleasure in caring for their families too. Lucky us.

Anna Maria, daughter of Eleftherios Demacopoulos

45 comments:

  1. Once again, you're making me tear up!
    Mom

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  2. Mom/Mary Lynn-that's easy :) xoA

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  3. Thank you, Anna Maria. Such a lovely post.

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  4. AM: I'm a daddy's girl, too so I totally get it.

    Hope all is well in AM Land. We have to catch up!

    xoxoxo Cheryl

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  5. So lovely and touching. Thank you for sharing something so special.

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  6. Sandi Henderson1:52 PM

    OH Anna! What a great post. I am so not a mushy person, but I often find myself getting all squashy inside when reading your posts about your family. I love the picture of your father and you mother? It looks like a Hollywood photograph.

    Sandi

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  7. Hi Sandi-the first pic is my dad, and the second is me kissing my dad before he gave me away to be married :)
    xo,AM

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  8. I'm new here and am finding your blog a tremendous inspiration.

    I thought that was you and your dad. What a lovely wedding photo. And, may I say, humbly and with great respect, that Eleftherios Demacopulos is a babe. :)

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  9. Oops, Anna, Dad noticed you must have forgotten how to spell your maiden name since you haven't used it in so long! He got a little mushy too; check your e-mail.
    Mom

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  10. HA! typing too fast today :)
    xoAM

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  11. courtney4:20 PM

    What a wonderful post. My father was also an amazing artist, but did not persue it becuase he didn't think he could take care of our family. But I still remeber him falling asleep on the floor with his tool box of colored pencils spilled out next to him (he must have had over a 1,000 colored pencils). It would often times take him a year to finish a picture, because he only drew after work, and dinner.

    I love the picture of you and your father, and think you look a little like Parker Posey in it.

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  12. That is the most lovely post I've ever read about a dad... what a tribute.

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  13. What a wonderful post :o) and what lovely pictures! As usual thanks for sharing with us!

    i got myself one of those dad's myself. The picture of your wedding day is beautiful! You dad is also a very good-looking man.

    καλημέρα!

    Ina

    PS: Greece is wonderful! You are blessed with that sort of heritage.... off dreaming about our next vacation there.

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  14. Hi Anna Maria,

    I'm new to your blog. I'm new to your blog and I'm crying. What a touching snapshot into the lives of three generations of men all equally bent on caring for your family. If only they were all like the sweet father, husband, and son you spend your life with!

    Brin
    www.messythrillinglife.blogspot.com

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  15. Awwwww! That is just so sweet. Love the pics, too.

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  16. You and your Dad look like true Hollywood Glam! This post is a wonderful tribute to all the loving men in your life and how they have shaped you and your family. Even though your Dad didn't pursue a career in the arts, he certainly has painted a wonderful family portrait through his loving guidance, and unfailing generousity raising his family.

    Your DH sounds like a perfect Daddy as well, you all are very lucky to have eachother :)

    lucy

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  17. Such a lovely post. I just found your site and having been having fun exploring, very nice.

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  18. Mary Ann/Ca7:28 PM

    Thanks for sharing how all the men in your life have helped shaped your life. Lovely photos and such a nice tribute to them all from oldest to youngest, especially since it comes right from your heart!

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  19. What a beautiful post! Your wedding photo with your father is gorgeous!

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  20. Your photos are absolutely stunning!
    What a beautiful family Anna Maria.
    Your husband sounds just like mine!

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  21. Georgia2:26 AM

    I always think that migrating to another country is such a brave thing to do, especially at such a young age.
    Your Dad looks very distinguised in that photo.

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  22. Anonymous5:36 AM

    Wow! Your father is gorgeous!and you are such an inspiration..and I suppose that the love and care that your family gave you, are the result of what people feel when they read your blog and watch your beautiful creation!!

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  23. Just gorgeous Anna

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  24. Oh wow you are not only a very talented designer but also a wonderful gifted writer who has touched my heart with this post. I can read your love in your words and am so happy you are surrounded by such love from the important men in your life. Thanks for sharing :)

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  25. What a wonderful family you have, from your Mom and Dad right down to your beautiful children. Thank you for sharing moments you have with them. It is so inspiring and tear inducing. (happy tears though!)

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  26. a wonderful story.
    you're sharing very personal things, what makes this blog so very special.

    the picture of you & your dad is truly beautiful - like from an old hollywood movie...
    thanks for sharing!

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  27. I wish more people could read this!! I'm sure your dad and husband have been great inspiration to other men. Think of how wonderful more children would be with fathers like that!
    You're a fortunate woman!

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  28. p.s. I have a wonderful 9 year old daughter... hee hee

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  29. What a lovely post. And SUCH beautiful photos

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  30. Hi Anna,
    new to your blog too -I noticed a few more are too. Being a daddy's girl, and Greek, I know exactly what you mean. I also know that daughters are the best gift for their daddies, so I guess you can call it even ;-)

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  31. Anna, what a GREAT picture of you and your father!!!
    All your family look gourgeous!!!
    And only today I notice that your are such a young mom...and so many kids...it must be wonderfull! I only have 3...and notice the ONLY!! :))))

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  32. What a lovely photo of you and your dad. What a treasure it is to have and artistic streak running through the family. Love checking your blog...how you do it all amazes me.

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  33. OH you've got me all choked up. LOVE the picture of him giving you away. Just gorgeous.

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  34. What a sweet post! You and your daddy look like movie stars!

    My favorite is when you wrote about your own hubby, that's just so sweet and the diaper picture is adorable.

    Thanks for the dabble of sweetness you gave to my day!

    Amelia

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  35. Oh, how lovely. Such wonderful photos!

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  36. Anna Maria, that was such a wonderful tribute to your father and husband. I especially loved this line:

    "When a father takes pleasure in helping his children, whether monetarily, emotionally or in learning how to have fun, it's truly a blessing."

    Yep, that's my father, too. Thank you for the post.

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  37. o, so lovely, this tribute to your men (and boys)! xoC

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  38. This is an absolutely amazing post. I have never met you and know little about you, and even so you manage to make me feel how much you feel for the great dads in your family. The wedding photo of you and your dad is stunning. Great job.

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  39. be sure to take good care of that man!

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