Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today, my dad turns 75.

I was going to write a lengthy, heartfelt post, listing all his good qualities, the lessons I’ve learned from him, and me feelings for him. Strangely, uncharacteristically, words fail me. All attempts have been pitiful and inadequate.

Let me just say I have the utmost of respect, admiration, and love for my dad. He is my role model and friend.

Happy birthday, dad!

Three Teenagers

My youngest daughter turned thirteen today. Here she is, her face illuminated by thirteen candles.

I now have three teenage daughters and one younger son to keep them in line. (I feel like I should also mention my growing gun collection.) I’m one proud dad. :-)

Happy birthday, kiddo! I love you!

Forty-Two and Blessed

Another birthday has passed. Yet forty-two is no major milestone. It’s not like 16 (getting a driver’s license and feeling like an adult), 18 (becoming an adult), 21 (becoming an adult, yet again), or 25 (finally becoming an adult in the eyes of my auto insurance company). It’s not even one of those dreaded “decade birthdays.” At most, this is the day when I’ve been older than 21 for half my life. I won’t complain. As my brother says, any day above ground is a good day.

This afternoon I checked my e-mail and I found one of those e-mails that well-meaning people forward, but which usually annoy me. This one was different. It was from my middle daughter. This is the same daughter who came home from shopping last night, gave me a big hug and smile, and told me she loved me. My response: “What did you do?” Oops! Way to go, dad. Let me start over — I love you, too. I’m glad you’re my daughter. But back to the e-mail…

FAMILY

They say if you pass this on, you will receive a miracle. I am passing it on because I thought it was really good, short, and who couldn’t use a miracle! Enjoy it if it happens.

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, we could easily be replaced at work? But the family we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. So, why do we pour ourselves more into work than into our own families? Invest your time wisely.

Do you know what the word FAMILY means? Father And Mother I Love You. Pass this message to 7 people except you and me! You will receive a miracle tomorrow.

This daughter passed the test to become a driver today. I’m tempted to say she received her miracle right on schedule, but wouldn’t want to insult her by implying she needed a miracle to pass. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to tomorrow. ;-)

I already feel blessed.