Why is your Dad a superstar?
My Dad, Richard Tyce, is a superstar. Unreservedly, unconditionally fandabidozie! What makes an amazing Dad?
Dad gets stuck in…
Back in the 1970’s when I was wee he was a very hands on Pappa – working several jobs and still changing nappies. He would snooze after his shift with one foot lightly resting on baby Helena. If I decided to roll off somewhere, he was instantly awake and with me.
My brilliant Dad with baby Me and sister Claire
Dad encourages you
My love of art was nurtured from an early age – encouraging me all the way, using his carpentry skills to make me easils and drawing boards and my skills developed. One hot summer we spent weeks creating giant cardboard cut outs of Alice in Wonderland charachters for some wonderful lamp lit display we were partcipating in. I can track my creative progress and career can be tracked with these wonderful memories and milestones.
An Early Helena Tyce, Age 9!
Dads teach you how to be loved and how to love
Dads aren’t always emotional beings so I’ve been very lucky on this one. My Dad has always been extremely loving and kind and I’m quite a sentimental bod as a result. As is my work.
My “Daddy hugs” Mug. Yup – that’s me and Dad!
My “Daddy Hugs” range is directly inspired by this generous and loving man who gives THE BEST hugs in the world. When ever there was a problem he would put his big strong arms around me and melt it all away. He and I are very huggy so don’t be alarmed if I ever go for a full on, unsolicited embrace. That’s down to Dad. As Joshua Fields Millburn from The Minimalists says “I’m a hugger, man”!
Grandad passing his hugging skills on to Lou
Dads is prepared to learn from you
This is wonderfully empowering as a child and as an adult. We never know it all – even at 91 Dad still says he’s learning. He’s always taken such joy from observing and learning from other people, particularly his kids, although I can’t say he’s always liked or agreed with what he saw!
Some serious grumps with sister Claire-a-Bell!
Dad teaches you courage and strength
From fighting in a Lancaster Bomber throughout World War II to being a crack judo kid, my Dad has always been a tough cookie. He had to be or he would have perished. He once drove us all to Cornwall with shingles on his nuts (propped up on one strong arm to alleviate the pain) because we were so upset we couldnt go on holiday. Now that’s dedication to fatherhood (and some grizzly kids!).
Dad in his Judo days
Dad goes full circle
Dads don’t last for ever and ever – for that we can be sure. Some of us are lucky enough to still have our Dads around and some Dads are sadly no longer here with us. What ever our Dad experience and situation we have our memories and they live on in us and in our grandchildren. Let’s make sure we pass the best bits on to the next generation and ditch the bits we’re not so keen on!
Here’s to my wonderful Pops and all the Daddies that are or have been! He’s a huge fan of poetry and even now, lying in a hospital bed he listens as I read comforting and familar lines to him. I wonder if he’d like this one…
Those Winter Sundays
Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,
Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?
I’d love to hear why your Dad is (or was) a suprstar – celebrate your Dad by commenting below. Thank you!