vrijdag 19 juli 2013

So very proud!

When you see thousands of people pass by, it's difficult to spot a man with a white moustache and an Indiana Jones hat. I never realised so many men have white moustaches and similar hats :-)

We were at the Nijmeegse vierdaagse today (international four day marches in Nijmegen). It was one of the happiest events I have been to in years.When you see all those smiling faces from all over the world, united in sport, you wonder why it cannot always be like this.

My 75 year old dad, who had a tough year, with heart problems and a stroke, was one of them. He walked the 'Vierdaagse' for the 30th time. Because of his health problems he had hardly any time to practice, but nevertheless he looked as fit as a fiddle, when we saw him approaching on the St Annastraat (Via Gladiola), with a big smile on his face. I felt so very proud!

Off course we all wanted to be photographed with him :-). My brother made a sign, which he HAD to wear till the end :-). He drank his first beer after four long days on the road and had a short rest, before walking the last few miles to the finish.

Sitting there at the side of the road made me want to join him, so perhaps next year......you never know....:-)

Wishing you all a lovely weekend, from an almost tropical Holland!


Madelief x

55 opmerkingen:

  1. Wat knap van hem! Echt iets om trots op te zijn!!

  2. Wat een geweldige prestatie Madelief. Dat is echt iets om trots op te zijn en zo zie je er ook uit op die prachtige foto. Wat goed dat hij dat nog steeds doet, ik heb daar zo'n bewondering voor. Ik geloof dat wij uit een goed jaartal komen. Gewoon doorgaan!!!!!
    Lieve groet van Riet

  3. A hearty congratulations to your dad! These are the inspiring stories we all need to hear and support . . . I'm incredibly impressed! Blessings to him and all your family.

  4. Oh this brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful man.We all want to see your picture next year!

    xo Jane

  5. I can see why you felt so proud Madelief, as your Dad has been on quite a journey himself and now looking so well..I love all your images of the walk especially the picture of you with your lovely dad, thank you as always for your kind words on my blog
    Phew! it has been very very hot here too today
    Happy Weekend
    Thea x

  6. super zeg! zal wel spannend geweest zijn!

  7. Madelief,

    Hoe bijzonder is dit gebeurtenies,echt waar!!!
    ben helemaal met je eens......Ik kan me heel goed voorstellen hoe trots jij was:)))*

    Je ziet fantatsich en zoooooo gelukkig uit!
    Mijn petje af voor all lopers!!!

    En nou....rustig aan:)))*

    ZOoooooooooo blij voor je,


  8. Super, ik snap dat je trots bent. En wat bijzonder dat iemand dat 30x kan doen! Respect!

  9. Geweldig hoor ....jij mag trots zijn op je pa.....liefs Ria....x !

  10. Congratulations to your Dad on taking part in the event for 30 times. What an achievement, you must have all been so proud. I should think he deserved the beer! It is a lovely happy photo of you and him together.
    Sarah x

  11. A very proud day for your Dear Father and for his family after a tough time! Lovely photos - so precious. He is quite an amazing man for accomplishing this and for doing it 30 times! It must have been a wonderful day for all of you and thank you for sharing it with us. Hugs xoxo

  12. Oh Madelief,
    What a moment for you and your family but, most of all, for your dad...... and, that beer must have tasted like nectar fom the God's !!!! XXXX

  13. Oh Madelief, this is SENSATIONAL! Isn't it touching to see people united? Whether it's a sports event or other reason why people come together, the idea that we CAN join in to celebrate a common theme gives me hope that it is possible to live in harmony.

    To you your dear father, after his struggles and to walk the line is a memory I know you will cherish. And as always, your photo/poetry is moving, as art should be.

    Hugs and well wishes to you all, Anita

  14. You must be very proud indeed, what a remarkable man your father is!
    V xxx

  15. Hi Madelief,
    I am so happy for you and your family to have had this experience after your Dad's health problems.
    Beautiful photos of a great day!

    Take care,

  16. That's so wonderful Madelief for your Dad to have walked the parade. The people looked so happy and had fun! Happy weekend.

  17. Ik krijg kippenvel van je post, wat een geweldige prestatie van je vader zeg! Dertig keer verdient echt heel veel respect. Mijn schoonzusje heeft de vierdaagse vijf maal gelopen en zij begon in maart al met haar trainingen...zondag in, zondag uit ging zij op pad.

    Mocht je volgend jaar meelopen Madelief, dan kom ik als het even kan één van de vier dagen langs de route staan ;-). Maar voor nu chapeau voor je vader!!!

    Lieve groet, Ingrid

  18. What a wonderful event--huge congratulations to your father on a remarkable accomplishment.
    Everyone looks so happy and healthy!

  19. Lieve Madelief,
    Wat ben ik blij voor je vader dat hij toch doorgezet heeft en de 4-daagse heeft gelopen. Zonder dat hadden jullie nooit dit mooie glorieuze moment met hem kunnen delen. Mooie foto's van een trotse zoon en dochter met een glunderende vader. E en dag om in te lijsten!
    Liefs, Ilse

  20. What a lovely post! thank you for letting us share in your moments of happiness and pride...
    Love Cx

  21. I agree it is such an inspiring and fabulous walk, and your dad looks amazing! and fit for his age, I am so pleased for you xx
    Hugs Lynn xxx

  22. wow wat onzettend leuk en knap ook van je vader na een best moeilijke gezondheids periode jeetje pet je af maar wat prachtig voor hem om hem dan toch te gaan lopen en en al voor de 30ste keer maar zo te zien vind hij het ook hartstikke leuk en leeft hij er helemaal van op mooi om te zien ben er nog nooit wezen kijken maar hoor vaak dat de sfeer erg leuk en goed is heel gemoedlijk allemaal ja en na vierdagen lopen met dit warme weer dan mag je daarna ook wel genieten van biertje! en die smaakt messtal dan nog lekkerder ook nog groetjes leon10 leuke post!

  23. I am in awe of your Father, I did the March many years ago and know how hard it is. Please send hi my congratulations.

  24. (slik)...ontroerend en onder de indruk...en vooral wat een Kanjer!!!
    Geweldig- een fijne vader! Mooi hóór Madelief! Groetjes van Smoek

  25. Madelief, these are glorious pictures. Best wishes and congratulations to your dad. What a stylish family you all are!


  26. Dearest Madelief,
    That is quite an accomplishment and for your Dad and the entire family such an honor that this 30th Walk of the Four Days Event got accomplished by him.
    Hats off! Oh, sure picking out a loved one from a crowd is hard to do and makes your eyes dizzy... Your brother made a great sign for him to wear. You created fond memories for a lifetime.

  27. Dear Madelief. You have such a reasen to be proud of your dad. It seems like you had a lot of fun.

    Have a great weekend

    Hugs from me

  28. Oh Madelief, you don't know how much it means to me at this very moment, on Saturday afternoon at almost 3:00 in the afternoon, to see your comment. It really lifts me up at this moment. Thank you. Hugs to you as well for a beautiful Sunday! Anita

  29. Dear Madelief -
    What spirit, determination and strength! You all must be so proud of your father. Congrats to him!
    Take care,

  30. Oh Madelief, I can only imagine how proud you were! Four days of walking!! What a tremendous achievement for someone who was unwell not so long ago! congratulations to him! Sharon

  31. Hello Madelief, and well done Dad!!
    Lovely post, thank you for sharing

  32. Hooray for your dad Madelief. I would be proud of him too. It look so nice and warm in your neck of the woods.

    Enjoy the rest of summer.

  33. oh madelief! how completely wonderful, an unforgettable moment! hooray to your dear dad, what an accomplishment, that beer must have tasted great! LOVE the photos, especially of him and fabulous you! beautiful!

  34. Hello Madelief

    Your father deserved that beer. You must feel very proud to have such a brave, dedicated and kind man a a father.

    A beautiful picture of you and your Dad
    Helen xx

  35. Wow wat supergoed! en stoer,mijn neefje die militair is liep dit jaar als aanvoerder van een peleton,schrijf ik dat goed haha,fijne zondag,lieve groet Musje.

  36. Kan me voorstellen dat je super trots bent.. het is ook echt een prestatie en al helemaal in die warmte.


  37. Well done to your lovely father - a beautiful photo of you both.

  38. Bravo to your dad. The celebration looks like a lot of fun. Everyone is smiling.

  39. Good for your Dad! You both look very Happy... love your smiles! Have a great Sunday.

  40. I have a tear in my eye and a lot of respect in my heart for your father.

  41. Your Dad looks great. Hope I look so well at his age! It must have been a great time -photos sure make it seem that way. Jack

  42. Ha ik doe hem het nu al niet na....laat staan op mijn 75e.....diep, diep respect.....
    En oh wat wens ik hem en jullie nog veel jaartjes samen.
    Je lijkt op hem zie ik op de foto.......hoe mooi.....

    Enne...psss.....was ik het maar op die foto ;) Nee de dame in het jurkje is toch echt een foto van JDL zelf.......;)....jammer hoor......ze ziet er leuk uit die dame....;)

    Wens je weer een fijne week toe.


  43. Hello Madelief,
    Your father looks great! I am sure it was a wonderful day for you and your family! Catherine

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  45. Darling, I tip my tiara off to your handsome dad. What a lovely family. Now I see where you get your good looks from. I am sorry to hear about his health problems, I pray all that is behind him.

    Love & Hugs

  46. Oh bless him Madelief - I can see how proud you are....and you spotted him.

    Nina x

  47. Congratulations to your Dad! He did look great, I loved the picture of the two of you together. Laura

  48. Congratulations to your lovely Dad, Madelief! This is such a lovely post!
    Helen x

  49. Wow..this is amazing..what lovely images and your dad is such a dear! Did he walk for 4 days..wow. You both look so adorable. Hugs dear one.

  50. Oh what a wonderful occasion! Congratulations to your Daddy, and in this heat, too!

  51. Wow Madelief, 4 days on the road! Your dad is an absolute star, no wonder you are proud. Congratulations to him and all the others who walked it too! Much love, Linda x

  52. I am Jackie's husband and I have done Nijmegen Vierdaagse twice with the telecommunications firm BT in the UK in the 1990's. Very enjoyable but many blisters.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment Phil! My dad knows all about blisters too :-)!

      Have a good weekend!


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