How do you remember your dad? Father’s Day is June 16th!

Sally and her dad, Louie. At their cottage on the Tinny Creek.

My dad dreamed of being a farmer. Yup, he preferred bib overalls to the dress shirts and suit coats he donned for work five days a week.

Dad and Mom saved enough to buy 186 acres near Evart, Michigan. May to September, when Friday rolled around, our family of five piled into the cab of Dad’s red Chevy pickup with Daisy (our beagle) and Ting-A-Ling (our Siamese cat). We drove ninety miles to our cottage and stopped mid-way in Farwell for an ice cream cone. I have two older brothers, so early on I sat on Mom’s lap. Later, we bought a big car to travel away from suburbia to his paradise.

A trout stream ran through the land and weekends found us fishing, running a tractor, and putting up fences. I’m not certain if the creek still exists. This is the area where Nestle USA is extracting water at a rate of 400 gallons a minute. If Dad were alive, he’d join his neighbors in the fight.

Back to happy memories…Our cottage sat behind us in the photo. The woods in the background provided cover for deer, bears, owls, and Whip-poor-will birds. If you’ve never heard their call, Google the smooth, mellow, and determined notes.

I was crazy about horses from the first time I remember Dad lifting me to sit atop a big palomino on a neighbor’s property near the cottage. My mom and I had a very strong and special bond, but it was Dad who took me to sulky races in Marion, a nearby town hosting the yearly county fair. A friend of his raised Standardbreds for harness racing, and we gave one of his beautiful bay stallions, Calex, a home for the best summer of my childhood spent riding a gentle giant.

Dad would be proud that I brought Lance (my 29 year old gelding) into my life and that I write about the charm, challenges, and wonderful folks in rural Emma Springs. It’s said to write what you know. Dad opened my eyes to country living. Yup, I could’ve been a farmer too. Daddy’s little girl.

That’s Whinny, parading in the field behind Corrin.

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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8 Responses to How do you remember your dad? Father’s Day is June 16th!

  1. pamelagibson says:

    I, too have fond memories of my dad. He taught me to see the world through various points of view by challenging me to a debate after dinner each night, picking a topic, and then having us switch sides in the middle. Remarkable man. Thanks for sharing your memory.

    • Sally Brandle says:

      Hi Pamela. We’re both blessed. My dad was Supervisor of Maintenance for 41 public schools. At his funeral in 2000, during a February snowstorm in Michigan, men of color who worked for him drove the 90 miles to his funeral. He’d been retired 25 years. The biggest and brightest lesson he taught me centered around respect.

  2. My dad trained race horses, and for a long time, I lived on a horse farm that was home to race horses and other less high-brow horses. My dad was quite a character: bookie, trainer, bootlegger. I based my character, Jude Moooney, on him.

  3. okcanaduck says:

    Sally, this is lovely. You’ve done your dad, and your mom, proud. 💜

  4. Sally Brandle says:

    It’s those ‘character’ personalities that we’re all drawn to. I’ll look up your books. Thank you for writing.

  5. Susan James Berger says:

    Love your post. And your book.

  6. Sally Brandle says:

    Thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed your Time and Forever. I won a First Place knitting ribbon for a pair of purple hot pants I created as a teenager. Probably closer to the mid ’70’s but the Saginaw Fair judges had never seen an entry like them! Your fashions walked me back to high school.

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