Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday, Dad!

Today is my dad's birthday, he would have been 70 yrs-old! SE.VEN.TY!!!

I've been thinking about what I would write in this post for a long time. I forgot to mention his birthday last year and have felt quilty since so I wanted this to be a sweet shout-out to what a great dad he was. Here's just a few of the things my dad taught me...
• How to grade high school Spanish quizzes when I was only 11 yrs-old.
• When you lose something, don't say that you lost it. Say that you "misplaced it" - it sounds much better.
• How to balance a checkbook... probably the only time our family's checkbook was ever balanced!
• To love my brother and sister because they would always be my friends.
• How to happily close every pew in the entire church, even if I didn't put it down in the first place.
• It doesn't matter the color of your skin, just the size of your heart.
• How to make a baby smile by tickling their cheeks using just your index and pinky finger of the same hand.
• If you're going to run a red light, do it fast - not slow.
• Rush Limbaugh is stupid.
• Always offer to give someone a ride.
• Don't order delivery or eat out unless you have enough for a good tip because people live off their tips.
• Never lie, it's easier to tell the truth.
• That compared to more than half the world, I have been raised like a queen - with food on the table, a roof over my head, carpet beneath my feet and a tv in the living room.

Happy birthday, dad, you're getting old! ;)


Anonymous said...

Well, I thank your dad for raising such a wonderful woman. I will forever be in debt to him and your mom. Happy birthday Mr. Henry.

Fish Out of Water said...

Laura, I wish so much I would have had the opportunity to get to know your Dad better. I was so "young" when he and your mother passed away. I am guilty of not appreciating people when I was younger. My mom told me once, no doubt when I was griping about something, that your Dad was the most generous person she knew who would give anyone who needed it half of whatever he had. Clearly, she was right, because his three children turned out so wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday
Mine is 14th and will be 70.
I am hopping for someone to find me a grant to get a house close to Ocean
I have chronic asthma sence Vietnam/Cambodia.
I need the salt air to see 80.
Miles Carter Copperopolis,Ca