Dad

My relationship with Dad was rocky, but we ended up having a fantastic relationship. I’m very grateful that he’s my father.

“Dad will always be
the first man I ever loved.”



Thursday, January 17, 1963, was the absolute beginning.

Well, it was the beginning for me because that is the day I was born. A few days after my birth, my parents took me home and that’s when the picture was taken…

There’s tiny Sherry with her young parents in front of my grandmother’s home.

sherry redhead riter few days old 1963

I was loved back then and I’m still loved now.

How do I know I was loved back then and still loved now?

My life is focused on love. I have tried and will continue to try to operate on the premise of love for my fellowman. I believe love should be at the beginning. How fitting! When I was born, it was because two people loved each other. Love was the beginning of Sherry.

Love is…

What is love as it pertains to me?

  • Love is two young people who want to be married and share their lives with each other, so they did it in a cute white church that stands in the middle of town.
  • Love is a father who walked holes in his socks while his wife was giving birth to their child.
  • Love is a young mother and father who spent numberless hours holding and staring at their orange haired daughter in awe at what they created and scared to death that they were going to hurt her.
  • Love is a mother who washed her daughter’s clothes on a scrub board and kept her clean all the time.
  • Love is a mother who spent hours starching her daughter’s dresses with an iron that predated electrical irons.
  • Love is young, tired parents who held and rocked their colicky baby for hours.
  • Love is parents who let their redheaded daughter sleep in their bed for years.

Okay, I know. Those examples were very specific things that show I was loved, but it is my birthday!

What is love?


Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • Love is what builds a happy family.
  • Love is the past, the present and the future.
  • Love is waving goodbye at the window as the school bus rolls down the street.
  • Love is caring for each other a little more today than you did yesterday.
  • Love is happiness just being together.
  • Love is patient.
  • Love is pushing the swing.
  • Love is being rocked in a rocking chair.
  • Love sees inside your heart.
  • Love is understanding.
  • Love is tolerance.
  • Love is being kind.
  • Love is swinging on the front porch swing together.
  • Love is forgiving.
  • Love is helpful.
  • Love is giving.
  • Love is holding hands.
  • Love is that soft place to fall.
  • Love is dedication.
  • Love is being responsible.
  • Love is humble.
  • Love is a gentle kiss goodnight.
  • Love is knowing eyes.
  • Love is healing hugs.
  • Love is dreams come true together.
  • Love is a happy day spent doing nothing.
  • Love is one more sibling.
  • Love is motherhood and fatherhood.
  • Love is unselfish.
  • Love is knowing someone always has your back.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what IS love?

Love is the foundation of what is most important in life.

Without love, life is empty.

I have loved, been loved and have always had love, so I am a very blessed woman. My life has been full of giving and receiving love.

Love is what brought me into the world and love will be there when I leave this world.

I’m so thankful to have been loved for all 52 of my years on this planet. So thank you to everyone who loves me and has shown me love. Happy Birthday to me! Last year was a very tough year, but through it all, I have had the best gift of all…

I have been loved.

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