Feb. 2nd, 2016 04:52 pm
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My father was born 117 years ago today.

For a number of reasons I have been in a reflective mood lately. Not long ago a friend posted a bit about mortality. How we can only really know our own time. Our own life. There are historical figures and accounts of life in other times, but they often leave me wondering what day to day life was like. I don't think I can ever fathom the world that my father was born into. I can know facts about it, but I don't think I can ever wear the reality of it.

I'm in danger of get side tracked here. I can, want to, and maybe will say a lot more about this. But this post is to celebrate my father. The point being that the way we live on is in the memory of others. He died when I was 18. Not a lot of years to remember. I do remember his laughter. I remember his anger. I remember his love of cats. His walk.

Mostly I remember his music. Some of it lives in me. Today I tuned up Papa's fiddle and played Nikolina for a while. It made me smile.

Date: 2016-02-03 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The thought of you playing your father's fiddle is sweetly pleasing.

What was his name?


Date: 2016-02-03 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Going through a box of my Mom's stuff several years ago I found their marriage certificate and his Army discharge. Both of these identified him as Edwin Gordon Somdahl. This is what I always knew to be his name.

I also found his birth certificate. A wonderfully ornate document that identified him as Edvard Gunnar Somdahl.

Date: 2016-02-03 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you are able to focus on happy memories of your dad.

My dad lost his parents when he was 17 and 20, and it was a loss for him not to get to know them as adults, and to not get to be something more experienced than a teenager with them. I'm sorry that you suffered that loss too. It's hard.

Happy birthday!

Date: 2016-09-19 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gary hanak (from
Happy birthday, Chas (sept 18 2016 allying, here). Hope today has found you well.

RE: Happy birthday!

Date: 2016-09-19 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gary hanak (from
Thank goodness for spell auto correct...talking, not allying...


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