Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sandcastles

Warm sand presses between his toes, plodding along under weighty burdens. Laden buckets of wet sand sloosh into formation, steady hands smoothing the gaps between. Castles reach for indigo skies, parapets splayed like fingers. Determination squints in the builders eyes, surveying his masterpiece against the green mountains, he smiles.

Chattering children dash by, ripples of their passing lash wet tongues upon the foundation, as it all begins to slip. Memories remain in piles between his knees, head dipping momentarily in silent repose. Grasping his tools, the architect turns once more to the surf, to begin again.

Building sand castles, an experience every father knows in the lives of their children. Days standing tall like bastions of lore, other falling to the lapping waves in each of their lives. Ever watching them grow into the shape of a man or woman. Hoping to hold them together, careful fingers etching each mark in the sand, knowing one day they will build sandcastles of their own. 

Every thing I have to give my boys, came from the man who made me. Pressing me when needed, when castles fell he never gave up. Love you dad! Happy fathers day!

21 comments:

subtorp77 said...

What a grand tribute, Brian ***sniffle*** Wishing you well on the morrow and hoping they don't grow up too fast :)

willow said...

This is the most beautiful tribute. Happy Father's Day to you and yours, Brian.

I hope you're working on a book behind the scenes!

Poetikat said...

There's a poet lurking in you, Brian - actually, I think it's clamouring to get out!

Absolutely stellar piece to honour yours and fathers everywhere.

Kat

Daniel said...

Nice, timeless post.

Wings said...

Nice tribute, Brian. I have built many with my kids. I rememeber when they were really small, and they would hate leaving their creations. I told them they weren't gone, that they just went back into the sand to wait until next year, when they could pull them up and build them anew. Made them happy. :)

Dad said...

Thanks for the memories. I enjoyed this post. It really did bring back the memories and just a couple of tears. Wish I could do it all over again. We have had some great times growing up together. Have as much fun with my grandsons and I will be a happy camper indeed. Just spending time in the sand of time on the beaches of life.
Thanks for the memories.
Love always
DAD

otin said...

Very nice sentiment, makes me feel bad that I just ragged on my whole family!

Brian Miller said...

@otin - lol. happens to the best of us.

@dad - you deserve the memories more than a lot of what we gave you. hope you have a great father's day!

@wings - what a cool thought, that they were there waiting on them to return the following year. smiles.

@daniel - have a great fathers day with your little one!

@poetikat - the last time i lurked i got in trouble with the law. smiles. your piece was so touching tonight.

@willow -yours should win you some points with the hubby. ty.

@subby - have a grand fathers day tomorrow.

Lover of Life said...

Wonderful tribute to your Dad, and also the obvious enjoyment you get from being a dad. Have a beautiful Father's Day, you deserve it!

Coffee Messiah said...

Very nice!

Valerie said...

If I didn't know better, I'd say I had a tear in my eye. Happy Father's Day to you and those who will be fathers in their own time.

Lorraine said...

OH Gosh you and your dad are going to make me cry...simply beautiful Brian, your dad must be as proud of you as you are of your sons, the way life should be :)
Happy Father's Day x

Leah said...

Beautiful, beautiful!

Happy Father's Day Brian!

The Clever Pup said...

Happy Father's Day Brian.

Mmwah!

Hazel

Candie Bracci said...

great posst and picture!Happy father's day to you!You surely are a great father!Enjoyt your time with your family!

lakeviewer said...

Great post and lovely sentiments. I've seen your comments on a couple of other blogs. You have a great way with words. I shall return.

books,coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! Brian,
What a nice post (filled with memories) and Photograph too!...
...and I hope that you, and your father, have a very nice and pleasant Father's Day today.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

California Girl said...

I miss my dad and our trips to the beach. he wouldn't get in the sun because he was so pale but he loved taking us to the beach. he taught us to build sandcastles, dig for sand crabs. he taught us to ride the waves on rafts. he bought us new ones each summer we went to Laguna. you bring back memories.

Ronda Laveen said...

Isn't it funny how grains of sand equate to the passing of time--forward and backward. Happy Father's Day to you too! Your boys are lucky.

Thank you so much for the wonderful award. I shall cherish it as much as I do you.

With Love and Light on this very special Father's Day and Summer Solstice combo!

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a great Father's Day post. Thanks for sharing.

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