Many times I read about heroic mothers, their role in the family and raising children. Unlike them, men are heroes on the battlefield, they have big muscles and in movies, they have miraculous powers. Though, my father, a common man is the hero of my life.
Last week was 24 years since I lost my father. My discussion with one of the bloggers who just lost his father a few weeks ago, made me decide to write this post.
Even if I cannot write from a man’s or son’s point of view, yet I can do it as my father’s daughter and as a single mother who raised her only son.
What is a hero like?
In my opinion, being a hero is not just about winning on a battlefield. Being a hero is coping with everyday problems, and loving your family despite negative events of any kind. It means, above all, to love your children. To be an example for them in loving and respecting everything good and beautiful in All.
To me, my dad is a hero. Maybe for each of you, your father is a hero in the same way or others.
My father didn’t look like a fairy tale or movie hero, was neither very tall nor short. He was not a boxer and had no miraculous powers. He was a common man, a worker, and what he offered me as his daughter is priceless.
His eyes were speaking to you. After his looking, you knew if you had to hide as far as you could, or that you could laugh with him.
A Hero In life
Dad was the first person who made me love math. In the first class, I could not make a clear distinction between addition and subtraction. Thus, I was operating them the other way around. I didn’t understand them from school, and he took action. He used cardboard/wood cubes, which were my toys during Ceausescu’s time. He taught me to add and subtract with the help of those cubes and with a lot of patience for the child’s mind. My love for mathematics began there, and I still have it.
He was a man who managed to instil my love for history. He was proud that he was Romanian, that he was a descendant of the Geto-Dacians and proud to be born in Stefan’s Moldavia. Loving history, he had the entire collection of “Historical Magazine” from their appearance until he died. My interest in history was increased by the way he was telling the stories and discussing with me what I was reading.
My father made me love nature, although he didn’t travel much. Being a large family, we did not allow long-distance trips. We were making walks only in the hills near the flat where we lived. We played with a ball or ran and played in the grass. He was taking pictures and telling us stories about his childhood. Thus, he showed me the joy and tranquillity offered by nature.
At 2 years old, I was bitten by a dog. Despite this fact, it made me understand that I can love dogs. He explained to me that a man can make mistakes in a relationship with a dog but it only loves unconditionally or defends itself.
My father made me love music, being himself a music lover and an innate romantic. At the time when I was born, my relatives said I had to be named Elena because of the day I was born. He had heard Julio Iglesias’ new song: “Manuela” and his decision had been made. My name was going to be “Manuela”. Besides, he liked to play the accordion or listen to records with light or symphonic music.
His love for books and poetry inspired me. He was not just an avid reader with a rich general culture, without having a higher education. Wherever he went on his walks, he had a book or a Historical Magazine with him. He was also a poet, though he was not considered one.
It made me love writing and calligraphy. To see writing as an art not only in what you express by writing but also, in the way you shape the letters with a pencil on paper.
Courage and trust
He gave me a sense of security and a desire to read and know. He defended me in front of others because I was spending too much time on books. His words were, “let her read, for she likes it.”
He showed me that I can believe in myself, and can handle things that were considered only by a boy/ man’s competence. He said “let her learn if she wants. She can use those skills in her life when she’s alone.” “It is true, my dear father, I can change my light bulb alone, I can beat nails, I can cut wood, in fact, I can do everything I want to.
He showed me how far a parent’s love can go. For the first time, I was married only for a month. My husband’s jealousy was huge and he beat me until I fainted. My father was hit in front of the court because he took my defence.
He was a firm man, who was speaking his voice, defending others when he felt he had to. He did not love the lie and injustice. That’s why the people he worked with respected and loved him.
A Hero After Life
When he died, I was going through a second divorce and I had a 3-year-old son. Being retired at that time, his help along with my mother’s had been huge for me in raising my son. Especially because my son’s father did not show interest in his son’s existence.
I did not know what I know today about energies, vibrations, and spirits. Thus, I grieved my father for a long time. After a few months, he appeared in one of my dreams. He told me “do not cry anymore because I will always take care of you and your child”.
A Hero of my Life
I have always felt protected myself and my child with my father’s love. That’s why, for me, he was and will remain my hero. My father was not a hero in fairy tales or movies. He didn’t say “I love you, my child” but he showed me through everything he did that he loves me and my siblings.
He is the hero who took care of what was planted in the mind and soul of a child.
My father is the hero of my life!
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24 thoughts on “A Hero of my Life”
A beautiful tribute to your dear father, Manuela! ❤ Thank you for sharing his memory and the essence of his soul, which lives through you! ❤
Thank you so much for your read and kindness, Anita!
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It is so right, for every single day is a new test for each of us!
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I was having an intense few days last week. Your post and comment cheered me up. Thank you, Manuela.
I feel honoured by your words!
Thank you for your read and comment, Ellie!
Such a loving and kind tribute to your father. Sorry for your loss. xx
Thank you very much for your read, comment and appreciation! xx
A wonderful daughter of a superb father. You have seen two entirely different types of fathers. Both experiences have enriched you as a person. It is really true that parents support their children even after they leave the earth, I was lucky to know it after my parents left the worldly abode. Still I suffered a lot. A lovely post.
We are attached to our parents and suffering is normal! Actually, pain is part of our life. Thank you very much for reading and sharing your thoughts!
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That’s very special! Children look up to their parents not because of how many achievement or award that they received. Parents are almost naturally a hero in the children eyes. For most anyway who know how to treat their children with love like your father did. That’s a beautiful! I have always like your writing. 🙂
You are right! Parents are the first model in the children eyes and they copy what they see.
Thank you very much for your appreciation! I feel honoured by your words!
Loved reading it. It’s both inspirational and emotional. A father is always a hero in every child’s life.
I would not go so far saying that “a father is a hero in every’s child life”. There are so many children growing up without their father. I am talking about those who do not want to be involved in bringing up their children. It happened to my son, too. 🙂
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His true legacy is your love Manuela. That which you give and that which you receive.
Thank you very much for your kindness, Wayne!
Our parents are an indelible presence through our life, even if we lacked their presence, that on itself mark a deep wound on a child’s soul.
Its a wonderful gift to remember what they gave us, even if at the time we were not conscious of it, later on after they are gone, we find their deep imprint left by them into our lives.
Nice tribute Manuela. 🙂
You are right! Their presence or absence leave deep imprints into our lives.
Thank you very much for taking your time to read and share your thoughts!
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Thank you for sharing the memories of your father! When our parents are alive we are not able to realise the valuable love they give us ! If we lose them we feel their deep love!
You are right! When losing them, we fill that empty space with all their love.
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I have always been happy to read your posts ! Welcoming your thoughts! 💙
Thank you for your kindness!
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