Father’s Day

This coming Sunday is Father’s day, and this post is in honor of my father. His name was Otho Richmeyer, and he was born March 5, 1921. He died on December 30, 1993. He served in WWII, and he drew the picture below while serving his country.

Army helmet hanging from a tree with water in it and 3 birds.

I got this picture when my mother broke up her house and moved to a villa. The picture was already framed when I got it. I had wondered exactly when my dad drew this. Knowing my dad, I took the picture out of the frame, and I found this on the back.

Drawn in Scily or North Africa WWII
1944
O Richmeyer

My dad had artistic talent. He was creative, but he didn’t use it in his profession. He fixed televisions for a living (back when they had tubes) and later, he fixed automotive repair equipment. He was creative when he finished the basement of the house we grew up in, when he designed gardens and grew flowers and plants in the backyard, and later in life, when he made beautiful wood carvings. I can still see Jack jumping over the candlestick and the cow jumping over the moon when he created a playroom in our basement and painted a long wall with scenes from nursery rhymes.

Creativity is truly a blessing from above. The joy of self expression. A shared meaning of a captured moment or idea. A gift made with love and thoughtfulness. Sometimes creativity can be a legacy.

I like to think my dad’s creativity lives on in me.

Happy Father’s Day!

14 comments

  1. A wonderful tribute to your dad. I lost mine way too early but I will always remember him and the absolutely fantastic times we had together. Yes, you definitely have inherited his talent. By the way, how is the dollhouse coming along? Have a great day!

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    • Thank you. I am glad you have fantastic memories of times you had with your dad. As far as inheriting my dad’s talent, I can’t draw diddly, but I try to be creative in other ways. I am working on the dollhouse about 3 or 4 days a week. I am still on the siding. I have 2 sides finished and starting the 3rd side this afternoon. I can glue 2 pieces and then have to wait 30 minutes. Each time I glue 2 pieces, I cover 1 inch vertically. I am thinking I will post again on it when I have the exterior (siding, shingles, window and edging trim) completed. It’s slow, but think how long it took to make the Grand Canyon! Have a good day!

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  2. Your Father sounded like a wonderful man. He certainly was talented. I am sure you miss him very much. You have honored him by writing this post about him. That is a nice picture he drew in 1944; a definite keepsake.

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  3. What an awesome thing to have! Your dad was very talented. When I was going through my childhood photos to scan them I discovered my grandmas notes and dates on the back of them. It was such a special afternoon!

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