Today is Dad’s 85th birthday. It seems something of a milestone, one that shouldn’t be forgotten, though I can’t imagine him at 85. I suppose he would have been similar to the Dad I knew at 75, maybe with a few more wrinkles, but the same twinkling eyes, the same stories, the same advice.
I can’t send him a card through snail mail, can’t email him or give him a call. I can’t even text him, but then he wouldn’t know what that was anyway. On the other hand…if he were still here I bet he’d have the latest smart phone because the whole information at your fingertips phenomenon would have fascinate him. Though I wonder if he would have sprung for the expense of having internet available 24/7. No, I think maybe instead he’d have been content to be in his boat, watching the sun set, floating in the warm water of his lake. Sure he’d check his messages when he got back to the house, but I don’t think that smart phone would have been used much on the boat.
The little boy who loved the water, grew up on the river, and took my Mom for a canoe ride on their first date, grew up to be a father of four kids who got to grow up on a lake and spent many summers canoeing there and on rivers. We got to camp in National Parks across the country and see things lots of kids never did. We got to sit around the dinner table laughing until our stomachs hurt and tears ran down our faces. We got to ride bikes to town and climb trees in the woods and go water skiing after work. We got to have a dog named Sam and guinea pigs named Barney and ride the lawnmower and plant a huge garden. We got to go to college and grow up and live in nice places.
Most of that is due to having a Dad who was responsible and supportive. And who loved us unconditionally.
So thank you Dad. And Happy Birthday.
I hope you get this birthday card and know we all love you and miss you.