Tooting My Horn Tuesday , Thanking Dad (And Chicken Soup for the Soul)


I don’t think of myself as the sentimental type…maybe that Irish-German mix that runs through my blood cancels each other out. But when I opened my copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Thanks, Dad to read my story, I sorta, kinda sniffled.

Truly, it’s not a sappy story. It’s about the first car I ever bought. On my own. Because Dad wouldn’t help me buy it. Even though my job was part-time and I didn’t have 10 bucks to my name. I mean, c’mon. That’s not a teary story.

And yet, when I think of the lessons I learned from that experience, and how my father prodded and pushed (and sometimes dragged me kicking and screaming) to be the responsible woman I am today, I’m not only full of gratitude but also love. (What is wrong with me? I’m getting a little flekempt right now.)

Then I went back to read the first story of the book, and I sorta, kinda sniffled again. Same for the next story, and the next, and the one after that. Maybe it’s a Dad thing. All I know is that my Dad’s getting a copy of Thanks, Dad for Father’s Day. (Not the one I’ve been dripping tears on.)

And maybe you’d like Thanks, Dad for the dad in your life. So, leave a comment here through April 11th, and if I randomly draw your name, you can win my extra copy. (Not the one I’ve been dripping tears on.)

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22 thoughts on “Tooting My Horn Tuesday , Thanking Dad (And Chicken Soup for the Soul)

  1. I will definately need to look into this book.. One of my friends dad passed away last week while sitting in his recliner, reading his paper (he was only 57 and healthy- just had a physical 2 weeks prior) and as terrible as a tragedy such as that it, it helps put a lot of things into prespective for others surrounding you. I realized there are things I need to do/change while I still have the loved ones in my life. If I do win, you can send me the one with your tears- I'm sure mine will be right along side yours too!Hilda Chester

  2. Congratulations, Cathy! I'm sure your Dad will love the book.By the way, don't enter me in the giveaway – my Dad would most likely only read it if one of my stories was in it. 🙂 (I better get going then…when is the next Dad antho deadline…?)

  3. Hi Cathy,A big congratulations! You had my eyes misting up while reading your post about your dad. And I love the cover of the Chicken Soup book. Donna

  4. Congratulations, Miss Cathy C.!! I'm happy that you had such a wonderful dad growing up, and that you still have him today! (My Chicken Soup story about MY dad is quite the opposite…)

  5. This makes me think of the time someone asked me what the best advice my father ever gave me and I said, "Aim for the nose" and they said, "What?" and I explained that this was the advice he gave me when I was getting picked on at school by a bully and he told me to aim for the nose and she would go right down. LOL. And he was right! Looking forward to reading this book.

  6. You have a story in a Chicken Soup For The Soul book??? And I know you personally???? OMG….I'd love to read this book, even though I lost my dad 13 years ago. (Lost as in died, not misplaced him!)

  7. Okay, y'all are in the pot for a chance to win. And Gail, CS is ALWAYS looking for something. Bet you could write a great story!(P.S. There are several folks who comment here who have been pubbed in CS. Check out their blogs!)

  8. Of all the stuff I've written my dad only ever REALLY read the trivia books(he pretends to have read them). But I think he would like this.Congratulations to you Cathy!

  9. Hi Cathy,Congrats and yes, I'd love to read the CS – Dads book, even the tear stained one. Dads may not realize their importance sometimes!LoveLucile

  10. Cathy, congratulations! My story didn't make it into the Dad's book, but CS just sent me a contract for the Mom's Devotional book. That's 12 books for me; how many stories have you had publsihed by CS? To think, they pay me for telling my life stories.

  11. That's just amazing, Linda! I don't know that I could come up with 12 life stories-at least not ones that could be shared with the public. :-)I've only got a few pubs with CS-my sorta heart-warming stories. Most of my stuff is more on the funny side. Maybe CS doesn't quite share my humor sensibility. 🙂

  12. Hi Cathy–How cool you are in this book!!! 😉 Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. I would even take your tear-stained one. Margo :)http://margodill.com/blog/margodll (at) aol.com

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