Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Birthday Wish

Today you would be 75. What the hell would you look like? I know...you would look the same, with your bald spot scar growing a bit larger.

You never even looked 7o then. You were the strongest man I knew. Man were you fast. No matter how fast I dodged...you would catch me. DAMN!!

It's still hard to believe you are gone.

I want to remember these moments about you today, because although I didn't realize the significance at the time, I often look back on these and LAUGH OUT LOUD:

1) First speeding ticket - "stopped" in front of the house trying to make curfew. I actually never knew he was behind me until we went to get out of the car (yeah huh I swear!). You... in your pajamas... talking to the officer... making sure he gave me the ticket.

HA! I LOVE YOU!!

2) After spilling the whipping cream (at the age of 11) the following dialogue laid the foundation that I would always question...and never fear...authority.

You: Do you realize you just wasted $1.35 worth of whipping cream? (You were so cheap frugal).
Me: ::walked into my room...grabbed $2.00 off my dresser...walked back...slapped the $$ on the kitchen table:: There! Keep the change!! ::running...to my room...did.not.make.it.::

OUCH! I LOVE YOU!!

3) You were the best day care around. So innovative. Who knew that in the days before those stand in place walkers, they only needed to look to you? What a brilliant idea to put one wheel of the walker in a pot. All he could do was walk in circles for hours.

OH! I LOVE YOU!!

Today would be your day. And we would have a big cake. With a big a$$ candle.

I would tell you a dirty joke... you would laugh until you snort...and Mom would give us the "look".

We had fun... We had fights... We were a family.

I LOVE YOU...AND I MISS YOU!!

H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y, D A D!!

24 comments:

bonoriau said...

Thank you for dropping by.

bonoriau said...

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bonoriau said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO...parents is everything to US...if we tread them well..our kids will also tread us well.

Shirazi said...

Nicely said. happy Birthday to your DAD

Suzanne said...

It sounds like we should all be sending a Thank You to your Dad today-because you're a lot like him! :)

LadyJava said...

Happy birthday to your father Grandy...

Have a great week ahead :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you have been blessed with such a loving and remarkable father! I know that he has been blessed to have had such a wonderful daughter, too! I'm so honored to have known him! It is all those funny and outrageous moments with our fathers that have made our memories with them all that much precious! Love you! Jules

Joyce-Anne said...

Sending out a big birthday wish to your Dad.

I totally appreciate the day care thing...before he got sick, my Dad was the best around.

Christina said...

OK, that story about when you were 11 and brought your dad $2 for the wasted whipped cream? PRICELESS!! Oh lord oh lord, thank heavens I don't have a child like you ;-) OTOH, thank you thank you, for the pleasure of 'knowing' you as an adult!

Happy Birthday to your dad!

M said...

Enjoying some reading here...very good!

Vixen said...

What beautiful and funny memories. You are a lucky lady to have had such a wonderful father.

Grandy said...

Bono~ Thanks for the lesson.

Shirazi~ Thanks so much for stopping by.

Suzanne~ I've sent those too. I need to go visit his gravesite I think.

LJ~ Thanks lovely lady!!

Jules~ Love ya back sistah!!

Grandy said...

Joyce-Anne~ Gotta agree to disagree with ya there. Mine was. ;)

Christina~ Careful what you wish for...she who's nickname has to do with toilet paper. ;)

M~ Well thank you so much for stopping by to say so.

Vixen~ I am lucky indeed. :)

Mariuca said...

Grandy!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ur DAD!! BIG HUGS and lotsa LOVE! :):):)

Mariuca said...

I love this post Grandy, what a great way to show ur love for Daddy dearest. Thanks for bringing us down ur memory lane. :):):)

Mariuca said...

Grandy, loved reading ur funny conversation with Debbs last night! Sounds like an awesome Halloween this year! ;)

Grandy said...

Mariuca~ Glad you enjoyed the chat with Debbs over at your place. She's a funny gal.

It was nice taking a trip down memory lane for Dad. :)

Momisodes said...

What a sweet birthday tribute to your dad :) Wishing him a wonderful birthday!

Hasta Pasta said...

Understanding more than you know. You still Rock! Love ya! Dad too!:)

Grandy said...

Sandy~ Thanks sweetie. How are the tunes? ;)

Hasta~ I know you do, hun...I know you do.

Travis said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful tribute to your dad.

Tricia said...

What a lovely post for your dad, and I'm sorry to know he's no longer with you. Happy Birthday to your dad.

Catherine said...

A wonderful remembrance. Happy birthday Grandy's dad!

Grandy said...

Travis~ It felt good to do.

Tricia~ Thank you so much!

Catherine~ So nice of you to say so.