This post is dedicated to Jim Smidebush, my incredible father.
My beloved father, hero, friend, champion, and #1 fan passed away on May 24th of this year. No words can describe the pain of this loss. I miss him every day. However, this post is not about my grieving and emotions. This is about celebrating the life of one remarkable man who touched the lives of many. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but he made a huge impact all around the world, literally. At 6'6", he towered over most of the population, but one gentle smile and twinkle of his eye, and he charmed everyone he met. He was intimidating, physically, but welcoming and warm of heart. And, of course, how can I mention him without talking of his "signature style"...a button-down plaid shirt. On rare occasions, you might see stripes (and rarer still, a solid color or a Big Red Mickey Mouse shirt), but 99% of the time, you saw Jim Smidebush wearing a button-down plaid shirt. When plaid was popular, he was always quick to point out how everyone was following his example. When plaid was less popular, he always said he was a trendsetter, and we'd soon see people following him again. In my world, plaid never has been and never will be out of style. Plaid will forever be a symbol of my beloved father.
After my father's passing, my family found a plaque among my dad's things. This plaque was packed away, but it was given to him in Kokomo, IN. He was given the key to the city, and August 29th was declared JIM SMIDEBUSH DAY. My siblings and I were floored. We had no idea! My dad had hidden this away, and none of us recalled knowing anything about it. However, we knew that from this moment on, we wanted to always celebrate August 29th. So...
HAPPY JIM SMIDEBUSH DAY!
Here is one of my all-time favorite pictures of my father which was taken this past Christmas:
Lastly, here is a card that I made for my family members to celebrate Jim Smidebush Day. We sprinkled his ashes as he wished on Mackinac Island, Michigan, one of his favorite places. He now overlooks the Mackinac Bridge and the Round Island Lighthouse. The view is extraordinary. I recently found this stamp of the bridge and immediately grabbed it. I knew I had to have it. It was meant to be. This is the view my father will always have now. Also, in honor of our family's love of all things Disney, you can find a "Hidden Mickey" on this card.
This stamp is by Sunnyside Stamps, and the background plaid was created using the Three Line Border and Stitched Border by DeNami Design. The embellishments are Candies (normally white with silver polka dots, but I colored them with Copic markers), one white button, and some baker's twine by Jillibean Soup. I used Memento inks and Stardust Glitter Pens.
I LOVE YOU, DADDY!
Thank you for all you did for me.