My Hero

Daddy at his desk

Last week, my family and I said goodbye to my father. He had lived a long and wonderful life and he passed away peacefully, for which I will be ever thankful. But losing him was still very unexpected and I’m quite sure that my heart will never be the same. My dad was, without question, my hero.

The reason I wanted to take a moment to remember him here in this space, however, is that in addition to being a person who was unbelievably kind, loving, thoughtful, smart, funny and brave, my dad was also a truly gifted artist. And he used that gift to support his family, working as a professional lettering artist for his entire 36 year career. (The photos in this post show him sitting in front of his drafting table and hard at work, respectively.) He had an incredible way with a pen – his lettering was consistent, beautiful, captivating. And he is the person who taught me how to write when I was still very young. One of my earliest memories is of Dad creating perfect capital letters using spaced out dots and encouraging me to connect them. As I pulled my pencil from one dot to the next, I remember watching with glee as the letters revealed themselves. After that, I would beg him often for more “dot letters” and he would happily oblige. Needless to say, he is the person who inspired me to become a professional calligrapher, and with every letter that I draw, I think of him. He is also the reason I teach others this craft – I want to share the joy that he first shared with me and I want to help others uncover their own gifts and talents, as he did for me.

So, here’s to my sweet father, Michael Thomas Hatty. I love you, Daddy. And I will hold you in my heart forever.

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  1. Amanda

    This is beautiful Michele!! I’m sure he is looking down so proud of your talent and beautiful soul!! xo

  2. Cara

    Every story you’ve told of him reveals what a wonderful, kind and gifted man he was. So incredibly sorry for your loss, Michele.

  3. nole

    Such a beautiful post Michele – his memory will continue to live on in your wonderful work. Lots and lots of hugs!

  4. Michelle

    Oh Michele,, I am So very sad for you. You will miss him forever. He has left you a gift that keeps on giving. Because of him and his gift to you, you have given this gift to me. I hope i can also give it to someone else. Wonderful people like this never fade away as long as we keep giving their gift. They live in all of us. I hope as time goes in, you will be able to smile in his memory. Looks like a cool fellow. These are great pictures. im glad you posted them. Hang in there. It does get easer. I know. Keep the faith.

  5. Cynthia

    Every word of that is true. However you failed to mention that you were far and above his favorite. With love YDSDCHP

    • Michele

      I think the best part of being one of Dad’s kids is that we all thought we were his favorite. Love you.

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