With Father’s Day coming up, I wanted to share something about my dad as a way of showing gratitude for all the great Dads. I wrote this for his 80th birthday. He died a year later, in 2009. He would have loved the work I am doing with Hey, Boomer. I wear a ring every day that my sister helped us make while my dad was battling kidney disease. It helps me feel like he is still close by.
My Dad is a most amazing man, and he is turning 80! He has redefined what 80 looks like for me. I always thought of 80 as old, but my dad is not old. In spite of dialysis three times a week, in spite of a bad back and legs, in spite of the fact that he has battled cancer … more than once, my dad is not old.
I can hear the spark in his voice when he calls and says, “This is your Daddy.” His voice is strong, he laughs easily, and he loves his family.
My dad was a successful entrepreneur, always involved in new ventures. In fact, he continues to create ways to be involved in his community. But his legacy is his family. He wanted us all to live together on a mountain, like the Walton’s. That would never have worked. Instead, we talk every day. We visit 2-3 times a year. The distance could not keep us apart. My dad has been my advisor, my biggest supporter, my buddy … and MY DAD.
Most of all, my dad is my hero, and I am a better person for having him as my Dad.
I love you and miss you Dad.
I would be remiss if I did not mention my Mom and Don (my step-father). They are turning 91 on June 20th and June 21st. They have certainly redefined what the 90’s look like for me. In fact, they are taking a trip to the beach for their 91st birthday. They may not be Boomers, but they certainly continue to thrive.