That Way Dad Used To Stare

My dad had a way of looking at us

With a certain kind of …

Dad look.

Lower his eye brows

Tilt the head just a fraction.

Imagine my surprise

When I looked at this picture of him

And saw him staring at me.

With that same stare.


He’s three and I’m not born yet.

So I’m not even there.

Dad Stare

But here I am

Seeing that stare

And he’s not here.

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41 thoughts on “That Way Dad Used To Stare

  1. reocochran says:

    Oh, my Dad had one of those! Boy, you knew you better shape up in church or out to eat, Colleen. Your Dad was an adorable baby with quite a lot of personality and seriousness!


  2. russtowne says:

    A stare through time!


  3. Pierre LagacΓ© says:

    I love old pictures…but you know that already don’t you?


  4. How sad… but at least you have the memories.. And what a terrific photo!!


  5. Aww I love this post Colleen and I love that photo. ❀
    Diana xo


  6. Oh, I love this! It’s so true, and so amazing to me, things like stares and expressions can be passed down from one generation to another. It’s obvious, your dad must have learned that look from his own father, and I would venture to guess that you, or one of your siblings, might just have learned that same expression to “share” with your own children… πŸ˜‰

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  7. I love the picture and the verse about your dad! Sad but lovely


  8. ksbeth says:

    wow, time warp – we are who we are, no matter our age.


  9. Mustang.Koji says:

    Incredible yet wonderful realization!


  10. I love it! My oldest son tells me I have ‘a look’ too. I love your dad’s look was part of him way back then!


  11. Hi Colleen, why are your comments closed?Β  I noticed earlier, but today am just catching up on my reading.Β  Just wanted to tell you how wonderful you are.Chris


    • πŸ™‚ Thank you for catching up with me! And thank you for telling me I’m wonderful. We can all use that can’t we?

      When I get too far behind on comments and life gets busy I turn comments off. I would rather turn them off than miss being able to reply to them.


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  12. Ocean Bream says:

    How sweet and sad at the same time. I also got a smile reading this; my mum said the same thing about her mum the other day, looking at a very old photo. But hers was about Nan’s smile πŸ™‚ I love how your dad’s look was one that was such an integral part of his being that you recognise it when he was that young!


  13. Val Boyko says:

    It can be quirky what we remember at times…. You are lucky to have so many photos Colleen πŸ’›


  14. It’s nice to look at old photos and then to look at yourself, your siblings, and your children and cousins and see the echoes of the people gone before us. It’s a nice link with our past and maybe a hint at our future?


    • Absolutely! I agree with the hint part. I just shared a picture of my brother in grade school with family, and I think he is the spitting image of my cousins young son. I think we skip along our family traits and it’s fun making the connections.

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  15. At least you had a Dad who acknowledged you, Colleen. Even it was with a simple stare. πŸ™‚


  16. niaaeryn says:

    The Dad look…it is almost a universal. That is a great photo, and to think how time has passed and much and little changes. He was and cute kid, and from what I recall reading from you, a great father. :hugs:


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