My dad

Today's my dad's birthday. If you've been reading along for a while you know that he's a spectacularly great dad. Smart. Funny as hell. Handsome. Big bearded. Thoughtful. Quiet, too. A little intimidating to every boy I've ever dated (and I wouldn't have it any other way). But you knew all of this already.

One thing you don't know is that his childhood nickname for me was little shit. And if you knew me at 13, you'd know he was being generous. Thanks dad, for guiding me even when I was un-guidable. Happy birthday.

50 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, poppa Merrick!

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  2. happy birthday to your dad - he sounds like a lovely human being. great pics! loving the nickname. i have used the irish version (little shite) myself more than once for each of my sons. in the nicest, most loving of ways, of course.

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  3. what a lovely post. happy birthday to your dad.

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  4. Such a lovely family. Sweet, sweet pictures. He's a lucky Dad to have you.

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  5. ...Well "Happy Birthday" Big Daddy Merrick! Here's hoping your day is filled with love, laughter and lotsa CAKE! *<:o)

    ...And job well done on raising the lil' shit to be such a fab' person! ;o)

    ...Blessings...

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  7. Your poppa reminds me of my poppa! My nickname was "shit-ass." ;-) Happy Birthday to your poppa!

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  8. Love it. Baby wearing before it was the cool thing to do. :)

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  9. Ahhh Happy Birthday to your dad! Those photos are too great!

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  10. Happy Happy Birthday to your dad!
    Great dads make great gals!

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  11. Happy birthday to your dad!

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  12. That is honestly so cute....Happy Bday to your Dad!

    And I love that photograph! It looks like it was taken with a half-frame 35mm camera?

    Sandra
    http://alittlemorethanlifeblog.blogspot.com/

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  13. Happy birthday Papa Merrick! You done alright :)

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  14. Happy birthday to your pa! I clicked the links, and he really seems like such a wonderful man.

    And it looks like both he and your mom raised "good eggs". :)

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  15. Very sweet of you to share! This was precious. Happy Birthday indeed.

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  16. My nick name was little shit too! It was definitely a term of endearment in our household. How funny! Happy birthday to your dad - what sweet pictures.

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  17. That's my dad's nickname for me too, and I love it! Happy birthday Mr. Merrick :)

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  18. lol - I love it when parents have a sense of humor like that :)

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  19. Just tell him your nickname is now: "No shit", but that his nickname is now "Big Shit"!You could add that he better be nice to you or it'll become "Eat Shit". Good thing he has a sense of humor and that so do you, to take it in the right light.

    Is anyone else surprised that so many of us have the same Fatherly Term of Endearment?!

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  20. Give him a happy bday for me. Interesting, I used to call my kids the same thing. I'm about the same age as your dad (maybe a year or two older) and my kids aged 30-36 only started understanding at around 26 or so. On your comments re: your mom and Woodstock, that brought back memories. Cyd (my wife) and I actually were debating on going to Woodstock, or our wedding. I was 19, she was 18. Painfully young to get married, but.....almost 42 years later, we still are :)

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  21. Amesy... thank you so very much for the kind birthday wishes... and also thanks to all the other 'little shits' for their comments too... I must say.. in retrospect.. I do like the sound of "suffragette's" Celtic term "shite"... it just sounds sweeter, kinder, a bit more more poetic..and a little less crass.. on the other hand, as you have pointed out, at 13, the American term was clearly more to the point. It doesn't matter now... what a special and wonderful daughter you have grown into and you continue to become. I want to publicly say right here and now how much I love and appreciate you.....

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  22. Love that photograph and what a nice comment from the birthday guy himself. What more evidence do we need that he is indeed a kind, spectacularly great dad. How blessed you both are. :)

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  23. Nice photos. It's like you never left your home :) Looks like he's a hippie, like my dad.

    Though he doesn't know me, and you don't either, tell him, Happy Orbit around the sun!

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  24. Say happy birthday to your dad, from me. Have a great day dear.

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  25. Now that is adorable ... (even the "little shit" bit), I adore the photos, love that one of you peeking out !!!

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  26. Ah yes - the "little shit" nickname. That's what my grandfather called us. Glad I'm not alone.

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  27. Aw! Hope your dad had a wonderful birthday! I love that shot of you peeking around his shoulder :)

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  28. Happy Birthday, Dad Merrick! Love the 70's hair (my dad had it too).

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  29. Awww, these pictures are so sweet! Happy Birthday! xxx

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  30. Haha! We call everything "little shit!" It's evolved into "little shit dog" or "shit girl/boy."

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  31. You officially have THE BEST pictures of your parents...I very much wish I had such whimsical pictures of my parents when they were in their 20s and 30s. I'm very glad you treasure them as you should. (Both your parents and the pictures.) :)

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  32. I just thought I had to tell you that I think I love your blog more than any other. Sending love from NZ x

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  33. These pictures are so beautiful!
    Wish him a happy birthday for me ;)

    x

    http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

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  34. my mom calls me little shit too! stuck ever since i called my sister an asshole when i was 3 :)

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  35. HA! Awesome pics - hope he has a very lovely birthday!

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  36. Ha ha ha.....little shit...that's hilarious!

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  37. so tender and loving...cute!!

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  38. "thanks for guiding me when I was unguidable." Isn't that the truth?! Horay and Happy Bday to your pop.

    PS- I'm hosting a jewelry Giveaway on my blog today. Please come and have a peek!
    www.brittanyhavican.blogspot.com

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  39. Forgive my intrusion (as I don't know you) but thanks for posting your note about your dad.

    I miss mine very much and it was very sweet to see your post.

    Best wishes, Moskowitz

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  40. little shit - haha that's hilarious

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  41. THAT PHOTO. BABY PEEKING AROUND THE CORNER. SO CUTE. OMG.

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  42. Hahahahahaha I love it. I got called 'little shit' plenty as a kid.

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  43. Happy Birthday to your dad.. lovely photographs. The second one is especially adorable

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  44. love these photos :) you're so cute with your head poking around, love it :)

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  45. just stumbled onto this site and luckily saw this post. so great.

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