Happy Birthday, Dad

Dad would have been 86 years old today.

Dad. He still makes me smile...

Oh, sometimes he was a crybaby....

and he could be a little too serious sometimes. (An itinerant photographer had asked if he could take a picture, but Dad didn't trust him, so was poised to pull the knife out of his left pocket. He is the one in the middle....ready to strike)

He was romantic (Dad fell in love with my Mom when he was a lunchroom guard (maybe it was attendant?) at their High School. He saw my Mom standing in the cafeteria line. As he tells it, she had a light pink cashmere sweater and was just the cutest girl he had ever seen. She was very animated and had gotten out of the line, so he walked over to her, picked her up by her elbows and put her back in the line. He walked back to his friend and said "that's the girl I'm going to marry".

and a cowboy... (working on his Uncle's ranch in Kansas)

He was a pilot in WW2....

and a policeman....

He was the perfect Dad for three little girls....

and the perfect Dad for two little boys (He seemed fine with three girls, but when Ralph and Jim came along....Oh boy!!)

He was a musician (well, he played the ukelele whenever he could...)

and a Baby Whisperer (any time we needed a baby to nap, Dad could lull them to sleep)

and he was always, always in love with Mom

So...here's to you, Dad. We love you very much. (These were Dad's very favorite cookies. Mom made sure they were always in the house. I picked up a bag and will be sure to have one (or more) tonight...)

Category: Cast of Characters, Memories and Traditions, Old Memories, Smile
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(3) Comments and (1) Reply

  1. Peg Ford | May 3, 2011 at 9:06 am | Reply

    Just beautiful!!

  2. Cathy Klug | May 3, 2011 at 11:07 am | Reply

    I miss you, too! Love you Dad!
    Cathy Dawn

    Thank you for that post. It fills my heart with joy.
    Love you!

    • Jill H | May 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Reply

      I think you should run out and get some Sandies!!! I do smile, especially of his face on the cane…..what a sweety… Love you all….

  3. Amy | May 3, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply

    so sweet Jill!

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