Father’s Day Nostalgia

There is a great story that Gwyneth Paltrow told about her first time in Paris, when she was ten years old, with her Father.  After a weekend of art, sight-seeing and lots of French food, Gwyneth thanked her Father for the trip and after she did that, he asked her if she knew why he had taken just the two of them to Paris…

He said, “I wanted you to see Paris for the first time with a man who would always love you, no matter what.”

It’s just the kind of thing every daughter wants to hear from her Father!  I have been lucky to have had a similarly close relationship with my Father.  A year or two ago, when he came for a visit at my home in Greenwich, he brought me a disc of photos he had been working on to give me.  He had spent a lot of time scanning and converting old slide photos from the 1970’s and 1980’s onto CD discs.  So we sat together and I opened the first disc and I had my Gwyneth moment with my Dad.  This was the first photo on the disc:

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I looked at this photo – I had never seen it before – it was the first photo on the disc entitled, “Melissa: The First 16 Years”.   I immediately asked him what it was.  He said it was the sun coming up on the morning of my birth.  I had been born that morning at 2:20 a.m. – how sweet!  I loved the thought of my Father taking this photo and knowing that someday I would so enjoy seeing it!  Happy Father’s Day to all of you fabulous fathers out there! ~Melissa Hawks

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