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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Taking Daddy Water

Yesterday The Deer Hunter cut wood out on the ridge. The girls took him a big drink of water-then sat and listened as he told them some story or maybe he was telling them how something works. I’m not sure. I am sure-it reminded me of when I was a young girl. Standing at Pap’s side-waiting to hand him a tool he needed or run get him a drink of water when he got thirsty-all the while listening to him as he shaped my life without me even knowing he was.

I hope all the Fathers who read the Blind Pig-have an extra special Father’s Day.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    Glenda Beall
    June 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Your post and the photo brought tears to my eyes, Tipper. A loving father is so important to girls like Chitter and chatter.
    You know how to capture a moment, don’t you?

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    June 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Yes I also learned a lot from my dad handing him tools, and listening to the stories of him growing up. How they lived during the depression and WWII, great lesson. He is gone from earth but not my heart!

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    June 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to all the fellas at Blind Pig and the Acorn!

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    Gary Powell
    June 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    My children and grandchildren were here for Father’s day. We all ate too much. I told my 5yr old grandson that when I stayed at my grandparents farm we always had a Bob White syrup jar filled with ice water and wrapped in brown paper sack in the shade whenever we were working in the fields. He had my wife fill his plastic tea pitcher with ice water so he could take it with him in our big yard. I guess they do listen.

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    June 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    There is something so sweet and tender about the love a man has for his children! That is a beautiful picture; you can tell just by the body language how engaged they all were with each other! Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, dads, daddys and pops, a rose by any other name…

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    June 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    In my days, the water wasn’t very cool for Daddy; we had no refrigerator, so no ice to put in the water. Our well wasn’t very deep so I’m sure it wasn’t very cool either.
    Although I was never very close to Daddy, he did provide for us and kept us in church, learning the Word of God.

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    June 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to all the dads
    out there!
    Looks like the Deer Hunter is
    showing the girls just how long he
    cuts the wood. I don’t know how he
    can stand this heat cause it sure
    demands the fluids working with
    cutting trees…Ken

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    Vicki Lane
    June 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    What a world of insight in a few simple words! And a great picture too!

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    lynn legge
    June 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    wishing all fathers out there a happy fathers day.. i sent a prayer out to mine in heaven this morning… and thought your post tipper was so beautiful.. its funny that the little things in life are the ones that we remember the most. i love the picture too.. of the girls sitting there with dad.. 🙂
    it will be one they can pull out of their memory in years to come.. and the stories and memories are surely things that shape our lives in a special way.
    hope deerhunter can rest today…
    sending big ladybug hugs
    and a whistle or two..

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    Brian Blake
    June 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Good fathers know exactly what they’re doing. For me, the insight is that we do not have to reproduce our own childhoods — we are free to improve on our experience with the little ones who love and trust us. Hope means trying to leave the world a better place than as we found it.

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph.D.
    June 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Dear Tipper: Your post brote back so many meories I jest can’t begen to tell you all of them! An earlier comment up yonder about teaching without tryen or even being aware of it, just fits nature’s plan for our survival! Most species are much like us. They just stay real quite and learn while still in the nest!
    Sincerely, Eva Nell

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    June 19, 2011 at 11:26 am

    taking daddy water was my job for most of my life, before i got married. i had forgotten that. tell Chitter and Chatters daddy happy Fathers day

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    June 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Fathers Day, yes and I want to wish all the Dads out there a happy Fathers Day. I understand that in many places it is more appropriate to say Father but, I always said Daddy. To me the word Daddy always had a more loving connotation. He was everything to me.
    He was:
    My comforter
    My protector
    My teacher
    My Mentor
    My cheering section
    My strength
    My rudder in the storm
    My breath
    My closest friend
    My daughter’s grand Pa
    My Momma’s husband
    Just so everybody knows, he can never be equaled in my eyes. Do you think I loved him…..YOU MIGHTY RIGHT!

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    June 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    B-no building-just clearing : ) And yes it was HOT!!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Yes, Happy Fathers to All of you wonderful Fathers!

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    Debby Brown
    June 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    This is so true, we teach our children without trying to teach our children. They see everything we do, hear everything we say and all of this goes to shape them, mold them .. into who they will become. Its not so much the time where we sit and go over home work that they will remember, as much as when we are just sitting and talking. Thank you for a wonderful thing to think on this pretty morning. (well.. its pretty where I am, right this minute anyway, I don’t know WHAT it will be doing in half an hour with the way the weather is these days! haha.. )

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    Miss Cindy
    June 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

    This is one of those pictures that needs no words.
    The picture tells it all… a daddy talking to his daughters. Making memories they will remember forever!

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    B. Ruth
    June 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Wonderful post….
    HAPPY FATHERS DAY to Pap and Deer Hunter and all the Fathers out there in the Blind Pig Family….
    Mercy, wasn’t it awfully hot to cut trees yesterday?…What’cha going to build?
    Thanks Tipper,

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