Phantom of Delight – Dad’s Point of View

Here is the continuation of yesterday’s post given from my dad’s point of view.

It’s quite a contrast as you’ll soon see.

If you have not seen the previous post, please take a look so you’ll have the right context!  No worries.  I’ll wait for you to return.

Yesterday I shared I was at my parent’s house scanning family photos; they would occasionally reactd differently to the same photo.

My mother saw a picture of herself as a young child and thought of Shirley Temple.

When my father saw this picture he immediately said,

“She was a phantom of delight.”

I said, “Excuse me?”

He replied, “She was a ‘phantom of delight.’  It’s a poem by William Wordsworth.  Every time I see this picture I think of  this poem…”

Mary, Phantom of Delight

I smiled as he walked away, the words from the poem playing in his mind.

I said, “Thanks, Dad…I’ll remember that.”

I’ve been recalling this scene over and over in my mind.

I finally sat down and looked up the poem.

I recalled that my dad loved poetry and classics.

As I thought more about it, I recognized that my father is the person who instilled a love a reading in me.

For bedtime stories my father didn’t generally read fairy tales to me.

He read Bullfinch’s Mythology!  The great mythic stories captured my imagination.

As I got older he also read poetry from the book One Hundred and One Famous Poems.

I could perfectly understand how my mom would capture his imagination in poetry.


I thought about my father as a younger man.

I wondered how old my mother was when she  first showed him this picture.

By simply looking over my shoulder and making a quick comment my dad allowed me to see a side of him that he often kept private.

…as I said, quite a contrast from my mom

…and I am really content to be aware of the difference…



I've always enjoyed writing and finally decided it was time to blog! As part of my profession I write every day, but I'm now trying to take the time to write creatively. My family and friends have been very encouraging as there is little that is written down in the way of a family chronicle. This is a favorite topic of mine! In addition to family history, I write about life, family, friends and faith. My husband is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I’ve explored this topic, too. I also enjoy music, crocheting, reading and relaxing with my family. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

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Posted in 2012, Family, Family history, Personal, Thoughts
8 comments on “Phantom of Delight – Dad’s Point of View
  1. Northern Narratives says:

    That’s so sweet.

  2. Sounds like he was hiding his romantic side. So cute.

  3. Your father is a talented, passionate, loving and romantic man. The poem said it all. Your mother is indeed beautiful inside and out. It’s an honor to know your parents through your posts. Have a blessed day.

    • Cathy G says:

      Thank-you, island traveler, for your lovely and thoughtful comment. I am pleased to introduce you to my parents in this way. Yes, they are special people.

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