My precious Pops!

A re post of one of my first few posts.

Oh I do love my Pops πŸ’—

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Well, since I wrote about my marvellous mum, it would be totally awful of me not to mention my wonderful father, Papa, we called him when I was younger, it’s now morphed to Pops!

Dads are those men upon whom you end up judging pretty much every male in your life, and anyone coming into my life had a hard act to follow…
(So I totally lucked out with my gorgeous, kind, sensitive other half… More on him another post😁!)

The youngest of a huge brood of children, countless nephews and nieces, (some of whom were even older than him!) it’s tough in a big family, being able to stand out, but you know what he did it!

He qualified as a dentist, and gave up much of his own time to make sure his elderly patients were ok, visiting them at lunchtimes to save them having to come out, being caring with child patients, he even had one gentleman who came every two years from Canada as he loved Dad so much! (And I’ll proudly say, he never converted to private practice!!! NHS all the way!!)

His great rhythm, and love of music got him dancing, and to this day, he wows us all with his Bhangra moves! “While I’m dancing, I forget my age, I feel 21 again, then I watch a video of the event and see an old man!” No Pops, you are not an old man, age ain’t nothing but a number!!
And that rhythm flows within our family blood, so when there’s a big gathering of our tribe, we really know how to party!

Pops has been the most amazing dad, seriously though…
He lost his own father at a precious young age, and I know he missed that influence, so he was determined to be the best father he could be to us kids.
And you know what, he was, and very much still is.

From the material things we wanted, holidays, clothes, to the most important thing, time and affection, he has always been there… Even now, there’s nothing a hug from Pops can’t make go away!

He’s been a terrific taxi service for us all, ferrying brother dearest to numerous sporting events over the years, every weekend, dropping and picking us up from university, and even when I had my children, 6 hour round trips to pick me up, so I could spend time back at ‘home’.
And he still hasn’t stopped, ok there may be more stopovers involved, but for a 70 year old, I don’t think that’s bad, do you?

He’s always been so giving, and always has time for everyone. I’ll be honest, when I was younger, sometimes I used to wonder why are we going here and there to various peoples houses or functions, let’s just have time as a family, why, just because so and so called, are you rushing here and there? But now as an adult, I’ve realised that, you know what, that’s just my Pops. And I wouldn’t change him for anything!

That’s one of his most amazing qualities, being there for everyone, come hell or high water. It’s testament to him, how many people proudly call him Nanaji, or Baba, and still come to him for advice, in our family, and from outside. Since he retired, he’s taken it a step further, and is now teaching healing Yoga to many people, and reaching the masses with his own TV show… And he doesn’t get paid… This is his giving back to the world, as he feels so blessed to have what he has been given in life.

He’s been a most amazing role model for brother dearest, and as said brother is about to embark on first time fatherhood, I can say with the greatest confidence, that he will also be a most amazing Pops too!!

It would be a mistake to emit the fact that he is a most loving grandfather (Nanu) to my two monkeys, and as I mentioned before, he will be a granddaddy to 3 soon!

So, thanks Pops, love you to the moon and back, and even more on top!
Your thinking has shaped mine, and I hope that even if I have half the qualities you possess, I will be a great human being also!πŸ’—

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109 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bridesmaidsconfession
    Apr 02, 2017 @ 16:46:54

    Aww Ritu he’s such an amazing Pop. I love that he wants to share his love of healing and yoga.

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  2. Claire Wong
    Apr 02, 2017 @ 10:47:36

    Aww, he sounds like a wonderful man. What a lovely way to celebrate him through your blog!

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  3. A Girl and Her Passport
    Apr 02, 2017 @ 08:32:57

    Such a lovely tribute to your Dad!

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  4. D. Parker
    Apr 02, 2017 @ 00:29:07

    This is wonderful Ritu, it made me cry. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your Pops.
    Dropped by from Suzie’s #BigUpYourBlog #SocialSaturday – that was a wonderful idea you had about commenting, a good reminder to take the time.
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly.

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    • Ritu
      Apr 02, 2017 @ 00:37:33

      Thank you Donna! I think it’s a little reminder that we all would like to Interact on our posts about what we have written!
      I’m getting ready for bed now… long drive tomorrow but it’ll be worth it to see my parents!!! πŸ’œ

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  5. josypheen
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 22:07:23

    Your pops sounds like a total darling. πŸ˜€

    p.s. My dad was always a taxi service for us, even now when I go home to visit. I guess we’ll both have to find something extra special on the next fathers day!!

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  6. thoughtsfromjasmine
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 20:22:29

    This was so cute! Fathers are amazing and we should appreciate them.
    Jas xx

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  7. hotmessmemoir
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 19:13:55

    Such a sweet dedication for your dad! It’s too bad there aren’t more men out there like him! Many men take fatherhood for granted or don’t try.

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  8. lollowe
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 18:50:40

    That is such a gorgeous tribute to your pops, you’re very blessed to have him in your life. I had a fantastic relationship with my own pops, so this really made me smile x

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  9. Oriana
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 18:48:55

    Your father seems to be an amazing caring and empathic person ! He looks cool too, you are very lucky to have him 😊 Best wishes to him!

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  10. seaangel4444
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 18:22:42

    You are very blessed to have such an amazing Pops, Ritu. He’s also equally as blessed to have you as a daughter! Blessings, Cher xo

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  11. angelanoelauthor
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 16:41:03

    I absolutely LOVE that when your dad dances, he feels 21 again. Such exuberance of spirit for everything he does made me want to meet him, and made me happy you’ve had such an incredibly delightful experience in being his daughter.

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  12. Lilian @ Lil' Hidden Treasures
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 16:25:10

    I love this wonderful tribute to your dad! It warms my heart to see that you and him have such a close bond. Based on what you wrote, you and your siblings are very blessed to have him as a Father.

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  13. Traci York
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 15:55:06

    What an amazing tribute to your father! As I’ve mentioned before, your family is amazing, and this post just confirms my opinion. And I might be just a bit misty-eyed at the moment, not only because of your beautiful words, but because you’re reminding me of how much I miss my own (lost him in 2001). hugs

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  14. Em Linthorpe
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 15:20:32

    A beautiful post and the picture at the end…awww my heart! What a great guy your dad is 😍

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  15. Ruth Daly
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 15:02:34

    Lovely heartwarming post.

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  16. emilypageart
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 14:58:27

    So many people don’t appreciate their parents until they’re gone. Glad to see you recognize how lucky you are!

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  17. You Can Always Start Now
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 13:39:04

    That was lovely. I so enjoy your posts as heartfelt and real. We should all express more love/compassion to loved one and not assume people know how we feel.

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  18. Phaytea's Pulse
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 12:55:01

    Awwww….there’s definitely a strong bond. This is lovely

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  19. noellekelly
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 12:42:33

    That’s such a lovely post. It makes me even grateful for my own Dad, who is there come hell or high water.

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  20. Jo (Fallen Angel)
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 12:34:35

    What a lovely post and a fantastic gift your father is in your life! I lost my father when I was 13 and miss him every day but I’m grateful for what he gave me when he was alive πŸ™‚

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  21. Gary
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 10:59:58

    Really wonderful post and dedication to your Dad Ritu. Very touching and uplifting to hear about tight knit families x

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  22. thebeasley
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 10:46:23

    This is BEAUTIFUL Ritu. I loved your Pops from the moment I read his reaction when you had your car accident. He sounds like a superstar! Awesome Dad role models really do usually ensure awesome husbands. This must have been quite an emotional piece to write. Did you show him it? Did he cry? Also, gorgeous pic of you both at the top x

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  23. Gay Stepdad
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 10:15:55

    Aww that’s lovely Ritu. Sounds like a proud and special Babaji.

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  24. April Munday
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 09:52:02

    He sounds like a great man. You are fortunate indeed.

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  25. Transit Address
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 07:43:07

    Being an Indian daughter isn’t that easy,
    this is may be due to our traditions and culture..
    Daughters never find easy in leaving their father and family suddenly after the marriage and sharing their precious part of life with a stranger family.
    And even in that case the daughters have to be very precised while doing the household chores or maintaining their behavior,their behavior is always resembled with their fathers.
    Being an Indian daughter isn’t easy

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  26. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Dec 20, 2016 @ 22:57:40

    This is beautiful, Ritu. Your father is a treasure! πŸ™‚

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  27. joey
    Dec 04, 2016 @ 02:42:26

    That’s just lovely, and I simply adore the photo. ❀

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  28. Persia Karema
    Dec 02, 2016 @ 19:27:02

    ❀❀

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  29. Bee Halton
    Nov 29, 2016 @ 05:46:24

    I am glad that you have a dad like that. You are blessed. Unfortunately, not every woman is blessed with a father who doesn’t hurt her 😦

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  30. New Journey
    Nov 29, 2016 @ 05:03:49

    I miss my father….he’s been gone since 1983..we lost my mum 2012…miss her too!!!….take every moment and embrace them to the fullest with your parents….I love the picture and words you added….I always felt safe in my dad’s arms….hope your having a wonderful week….kat

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  31. scribledree
    Nov 28, 2016 @ 18:33:51

    Parents really shape us and make us who we are. Father’s always go out of their way to make us feel comfortable and do everything possible to make us happy. They are our own superhero who can never ever be replaced. Nice way of expressing how much he means to you😊

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  32. The Champa Tree
    Nov 28, 2016 @ 06:01:55

    Dads oh dads!

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  33. Erika Kind
    Nov 28, 2016 @ 05:55:37

    I always love to read your loving lines about all your family members. I am not surprised that you all have such a loving relationship. Congrats to the father to be😊

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  34. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 28, 2016 @ 05:43:47

    This is a wonderful tribute to your Father

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  35. willowdot21
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 20:25:40

    There is nothing so wonderful as a good dad!

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  36. dornahainds
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 19:27:30

    Wow! And such awesome wonders are the True Fathers, Papas of this world. 🌹🌹🌹

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  37. Judy E Martin
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 16:27:40

    That is a beautiful tribute to your Pops, Sis. He really sounds a remarkable man πŸ™‚

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  38. Don Royster
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 15:53:05

    Sounds like your father had one goal in life, to be a great human being. It’s great so many choose that goal. To bad more don’t. Great tribute.

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    • Ritu
      Nov 27, 2016 @ 15:56:53

      Thank you Don. He really is a wonderful person, nothing is too hard for him, or too much trouble. Even at his age, he will travel the length and breadth of the country to be there for anyone who needs him too!
      Or he is there at the end of the phone with soothing words. I do love him πŸ™‚

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  39. http://www.salpa58.wordpress.com
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 15:43:47

    It Is refreshing to read such a beautiful story about a dad that is still with us. My dad passed 40 years ago. He was a quiet man but a wonderful dad and helped my mom raise all six of us working long hours and never complaining. I am honored that I was the only one of his girls that he got to walk down the isle.
    Your dad sounds wonderful and I hope you have him around for many more years. :o)

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    • Ritu
      Nov 27, 2016 @ 15:55:19

      Thank you so much. I fear the time he won’t be with us, I know that time is inevitable, but I grab all the moments I have with my parents, especially nowadays, and treasure them. πŸ™‚

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  40. Hugh's Views and News
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 15:31:20

    What a great post and a great dad, Ritu. I think dads often don’t get the limelight shone on them, but that maybe because they get embarrassed with it all. You did a great job here in showing how much you love him and how much he means to you.
    I’ll have to show you my ‘dad dancing’ the next time I see you. πŸ˜€

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  41. IreneDesign2011
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 11:21:05

    Beautiful Ritu and enjoy your father, while you still have him. I lost mine 18 years ago and miss him so much.

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  42. stevetanham
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 09:38:00

    Beautiful. Very tender writing.

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  43. Rajiv
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 09:31:49

    True dat! I am the best dad ever!!

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  44. Miriam
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 09:29:21

    What a lovely tribute to your papa ❀️

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  45. Ritu
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 09:57:01

    Reblogged this on But I Smile Anyway… and commented:

    I’m reblogging this today as I am rather excited. My Pops is coming to stay for a couple of nights and I haven’t seen him in around 2 months!
    ❀ you Pops!

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