Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy

Happy Birthday Daddy!
Today, in 1939, he was born in California.
I am having to do this post from my iPad and do not have access to all the photos I intended to use. So,I will make an expanded photo-filled post tomorrow when (hopefully) I will be home.
My Father is an extraordinary man. He was born in California and returned to NW Arkansas with my grandparents when he was in elementary school. As a youngster, at about the age of 5, he started violin lessons. He has a natural musical talent. He also plays clarinet and saxophone. Actually, he has the ability to make "real" music from just about any instrument he picks up. At the age of 40---when our TV got killed by lightning---he and my mother decided that we would not replace the TV, but would get a piano and all four of us started taking lessons.
Over the years, he has expressed his creative talent through many outlets including, but not an exhaustive list, knife making, watercolors, wood carving, and beading. He is a Ham Radio Operator and family stories recount that he would hold me on his lap while talking to people all over the world. It was on his lap, that my first full sentence..."Dis is a book" was uttered. That is telling, as he is a voracious reader which was further experienced during the "time of no TV" when as a family, our time was spent reading, playing piano, and so many other activities TOGETHER. My love of reading was spurred by this.
He worked as a Pharmacist until he retired from that to work with his Father as a Real Estate Agent in the office that Papa had opened years and years ago. My Mother worked side by side with Daddy, both at the drugstore and also in the real estate office. Their work ethic was passed to my sister and I, as we both spent our formative years at the drugstore doing odd jobs and simply being all together. My parents were always together in work and fun. I am so very very fortunate and blessed to be able to work side by side with my husband. Mother and Daddy served as a role model of how to make it work. Being together in work and fun creates a bond that only strengthens your love and respect for each other. It is not for everyone. You have to be with that one person that gets you.
More pics and stories tomorrow, but for today...
I am proud to unabashedly proclaim that I am a Daddy's Girl.
Happy Birthday Daddy...I love you so very much!

2 comments:

  1. What a sweet tribute to your dad. Hope he has a wonderful Birthday.

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  2. I hope your father's birthday is a happy one. He sounds terrific.

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