In honor of Father’s Day 2018 I would like to thank my dad, Cliff Helmcamp. Thank you dad for teaching me to be there to help my parents, husband and kids. Thank you for teaching me the difference between a flat head and Philips screw driver. Thank you for teaching me to mow the grass. Thank you for teaching me to change the oil in my car. I may not do these tasks today, BUT I know how because you took the time to teach me. Looking at this photo from 1974 brings so many thoughts to my mind. Who knew then that you would be preparing me to be the plumbers helper to my husband, who is in fact an amazing plumber, father, & friend.
I may not have had the reaction you wished for when you showed me the cover of this month’s New Yorker magazine honoring dads. But it did remind me of this picture of you and me. It is the perfect reminder of the dad I grew up with working around the house, fixing what you could, with me by your side. Riding on your back, with my feet in your pockets while you mowed the grass. Great memories dad. Thank you for all you have taught me. Happy Father’s Day
P.S. Dad – I have the pic from 1974 on my desk at work.