35 Degrees

I haven’t written anything for a long time. I am writing back today in honor of my father whose death anniversary we are commemorating.

My father gave me my first book, my first writing material and my first edited letter. Yes, you read it right  “edited letter”.  Whenever i was away from home back then i will write him a letter and he will send it back to me with corresponding corrections.

He gave me the best gift – the gift of words. We would play scrabble together. I never won; not that he was very competetive but simply because he wanted me to learn play up with words and hopefully win (it never happened; he was a walking dictionary). We would buy newspapers everyday only to keep up with the daily crossword puzzle challenge.

He once told me i have the gift of imagination. And he said ” write where your imagination leads you.” Later in life when i began writing in school he told me “now is the time for you to write where your heart leads you; the power of our imagination is so strong but the power of our hearts where love resides is stronger.”

 

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35 Degrees

 

Its 35 degrees on a hot summer day

No one anticipated it

Nobody expected  it would come

But it happened

It rained

On a 35 degrees hot summer day

Nobody anticipated

No one expected

Yet it happened

Just as you went away

On a 35 degrees hot summer day

For Once – Ghazal

No one doubted your love, not once

you will never escape from our memory, not once.

 

 

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Thank you papa for the wonderful gift you left behind. You will forever live in my words and you will forever come alive in my imagination but i assure you, you will always and forever be in my heart where love resides eternally.
I would like to thank my dear followers for standing by while i was away. Special thanks to Kate of https://aroused.blog , Gina of https://alifelesslivedblog.wordpress.com, Irma of Iidorun, https://iidorun.wordpress.com, Jules of dailyjewelsbyjules.wordpress.com
for the daily dose of writing inspiration.

65 Comments

  1. Beautiful tribute!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks so much

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      1. You’re welcome! I’m sorry for your loss 🌸

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      2. michnavs says:

        Its been a while but he will always be missed

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      3. Those things we never “get over”

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      4. michnavs says:

        So true..

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  2. blindzanygirl says:

    Mich this is absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful man your father was. What a wonderful gift he gave to you. Thankyou so much for sharing this with us. Much love to you today. Xx

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thanks too….he was indeed the best..

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      1. blindzanygirl says:

        ♥️♥️♥️

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  3. calmkate says:

    Lovely tribute to a very special man Mich … and thanks so much for the mention!

    You are always welcome .. my great aunt had a lot in common with your Father. A walking dictionary, nobody could beat her at scrabble and she did the daily cryptic crosswords until her death just before her hundredth birthday!

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    1. michnavs says:

      your welcome kate…my father was the one who always believed i am special (lol)..

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      1. calmkate says:

        then it must be super tough to lose that adoration … doesn’t happen often so you were very blessed … but hey your hubby thinks the same 🙂

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      2. michnavs says:

        Yeah you are right Kate..😊😊😊

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      3. calmkate says:

        then you are doubly blessed Mich ❤

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      4. michnavs says:

        With out a doubt kate..😊

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  4. Rupali says:

    Wonderful tribute.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks so much..😊

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  5. Winnie says:

    Beautiful tribute, Mich! Great to hear from you.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Winnie..i am glad to be back too..

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      1. Winnie says:

        You’re welcome, Mich.

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  6. Your beautiful poem and words are a lovely, enduring tribute, Mich!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Kim…will visit soon been away for a while..

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      1. It’s always a pleasure, welcome back, Mich!

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  7. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ says:

    Lovely tribute!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Di..

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      1. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ says:

        You’re most welcome.

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  8. Wonderful tribute to your father! You are very lucky to have had him for a dad! 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      I am indeed very lucky😊

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  9. A wonderful post, My Friend!! Great remembrances of your Dad! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Nice to have you back!!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank so much i am happy to be back too..

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you😊

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  10. sheldonk2014 says:

    My uncle Marty was someone who was my favorite uncle..he gave me so much that words could not express….hy Mich…I’m glad to see you

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Sheldon for sharing your thoughts …we all have people who in many ways or the other have given a piece of themselves to us

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      1. sheldonk2014 says:

        Oh yes I found that out very quickly

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  11. Bill says:

    Special…so special, and glorious. Very well done!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for saying that..

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      1. Bill says:

        🙂 !!

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  12. rothpoetry says:

    A wonderful tribute to your father… he was right! Well done!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw thank you very much.😊

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  13. It’s great to “see” you back in this side of town again!

    Your father was an awesome man to have distilled such a love of writing and words into you. You are so blessed to have had someone like him in your life. 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you …i needed to do a lot of back reading though…😊

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      1. 😉 Just a little.

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  14. Gina says:

    it sounds sloppy when i confess, but i cried reading this but it moves me beyond words. the gifts your father has given you are priceless and foe eternity, also may i add a legacy, i see it in your beautiful girl, so far the one i have spoken to that is and know it would surely be the same with the others. “He gave me the best gift – the gift of words.” these were the most powerful words in your writing my dear friend. and yes the gift of imagination too. you had a most inspiring father and I know he felt the same if not even more pride for you. ah Scrabble brings me good memories of my dad too, checking the dictionary and arguing over words, the day came when we knew more than he did, that made him proud too. thank you for writing this, I know how painful it can be to be so open. In not hiding you are healing. i will treasure your memory with your dad.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Gina for your kind words…losing a great man is really hard and relieving the pain of losing over and over again is harder…but if there is one thing i am most thankful about my father is that he never fails to inspire me even now that he is gone..remembering him on his death anniversary basically prompted me to go back blogging….
      And oh, the scrabble …ahhhh…twas such an always an eventful activity at home back then…i once told him to join a scrabble tournament, if there is any…..

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  15. What a lovely tribute to your father, and a beautiful gift. ❤

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Diana..will join soon your challenge😊

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      1. Yay! I would love that. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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      2. michnavs says:

        😊😊😊

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  16. Jules says:

    Thank you for your kindness… I was reading your post because of the writing and father connection. While I never really got encouragement from my father about writing, I knew he wrote sci-fi. He was good with words… So I would like to think my gift of writing came from him… (gone almost 20 years now).

    May our father’s memories be for blessings.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Jules for sharing your story..

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  17. Heart touching tribute Mich! ❤️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Jenna..🤗

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      1. You’re welcome Mich 🤗❤️

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  18. You carry his love and passion for words within you, a beautiful heart and wonderful imagination I’m sure he’s still smiling as he watches over you.💖

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    1. michnavs says:

      I too am sure he’s smiling from where he is right now…😊

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      1. Absolutely 😊💖

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  19. It made me remember My father Mich.
    Fathers are Fathers you know.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree Shiva..

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  20. Garfield Hug says:

    Beautifully written to remember your dad. Blessings💕💕

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  21. Oh, Mich, what a beautiful tribute to an amazing man…your Papa!
    I have sad-tears that he died.
    I have joy-tears that he gave you such a beautiful gift! I know you have probably already passed that gift on to your children!
    I know every time you read or write you think of him…which is every day. He is with you every day. 🙂
    Oh, I wish more parents would do for their children what your Papa did for you!
    (((HUGS)))

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    1. michnavs says:

      He is absolutely i always thought of when i write..and yes my girls loves and writes poetry too. My eldest who is an Engineer was a great help in the completion of my book and the three other girls were the best proofreaders and critics.
      My dad was indeed an extraordinary man. Apart from his love for words he was also a good cook …ahh so many wonderful memories..my earliest poems and reflections here in WP were mostly about him.

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      1. I have tears in my eyes…joy-tears…reading this, Mich! I wish every child in the world could have a father and grandfather like your Dad! 🙂

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