What is a papa?

A papa is; A familiar embrace and encouraging word, one who adds worm to your hook while taking you fishing (and is more excited on said fishing trip if you’re catching fish, instead of him), schemer with your parents to trick you into NOT going with them when they leave to go home… only to find you stowing away in their backseat, a papa will always try his darndest to give you something when you visit – a boat more than once – A papa has a endless well of Godly wisdom and shares it in bits, never all at once… but he does so freely. Anyone can be a papa, but very exist.

I said ‘see you in a bit’ to my papa George yesterday. I would not be the person I am today if I had not had him in my life.
Here’s the best I can put it, posted on my FaceBook yesterday;

A papa

I can’t say how very blessed I am to have known my papa both as a child and as an adult – I’d have missed so very much if I only had one or the other.

My papa encouraged me in my photography oh so many years ago and was one of my first models. It’s been years since I photographed him but when I heard of his passing I immediately went to my 35mm Kodachrome archives to see what I had of him… We liked to fish 🙂

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I’m so glad I have these and oh so many memories to boot. Document the relationships you cherish, freeze time & memories to go back to again and again.

Papa leaves behind a granny that may have taught me more about unconditional love than any other human (in a race with momma), a slew of children, grandkids, great grandkids, great-great grandkids, a Godly legacy & good name. Nothing better could be said of someone. He loved

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