January 12, 2007

Daddy's Day

Today is my daddy's birthday. I've written before about how great my dad is so I won't repeat that here today, but I wanted to say this, I've made some observations about dear old dad recently:

He was the first man I ever loved;

He could move mountains as far as I was concerned;

He built the best ice houses and straw forts;

He was stern yet loving;

He was a teacher and friend;

He was the best at everything,

He could fix anything,

He made the best french toast in the world;

When he took you for ice cream the whole world's problems melted away;

He could make up a song at the drop of a hat and you'd sing it for the rest of the summer;

He found the best road trip destinations;

He always had an extra dollar for a treat;

He had a smile that could light a room;

And you could always count on him.

Now. These were observations I made when I was a wee girl. Now that I am grown, I see he isn't perfect. We have had our disagreements and we have had our knock down drag out fights, but one thing has never changed, make that two:

I know he loves me and he'd give his life to see me happy; and you can still count on him (I guess that is three).

When it comes down to it, the measure of a man isn't his size, his muscles, his intelligence, his job, it is how well he treats and loves his family and how well they love him. It is in the respect he's given for proving that his family is his most important asset and demands his attention and responsibility. It is the imprint he leaves in his grandchildren and the smiles on their faces in his presence.


My dad. Happy Birthday. May you stay healthy and live long. Thank you for being the first man I ever loved!

Posted by Oddybobo at January 12, 2007 08:27 AM | TrackBack

Happy Birthday, Oddy's Dad! :)

As Wordsworth said: "Father! To God himself we cannot give a holier name."

Posted by: pam at January 12, 2007 08:54 AM

Happy Birthday to Oddy's Dad.

What a wonderful tribute.

And you're right. It's all about the quality of the person....

And just so you know, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree on this one.......

Posted by: Tammi at January 12, 2007 09:07 AM

Happy Birthday Oddy's Dad!

You can see how much the boy loves him graddad!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 12, 2007 09:19 AM

Happy Birthday to your father - he sounds like a wonderful man! May he have a terrific day.

Posted by: Teresa at January 12, 2007 11:35 AM

Happy Birthday to your dad. Give him a big hug.

Posted by: Tink at January 12, 2007 12:23 PM

Very happy Birthday wishes to a very fine man. :-)

Posted by: Richmond at January 12, 2007 01:03 PM

Happy Birthday Oddy's Dad!

Posted by: vw bug at January 12, 2007 03:08 PM

Happy Birthday to Oddy's Daddy...and what a precious picture!

Posted by: Mrs_Who at January 12, 2007 09:40 PM

I'm honored to share a birthday with your father Oddy! I hope my daughter, and son, speak of me some day, the way you speak of him.

I hope is was a very special day. It's tough havin' a birthday in January... ;) Trust me on that one...

Posted by: RedNeck at January 14, 2007 08:46 PM

(that sounded wierd.)
Happy Birthday Oddy's Daddy!

Posted by: Rave at January 14, 2007 08:50 PM

Great tribute - and a belated Happy Birth-Anniversary to Oddy's Dad! ("Anniversary," because judging from the picture - he wasn't born yesterday!) ;)

Posted by: Bitterroot at January 14, 2007 11:38 PM

Happy late birthday! And I suspect he's not lost that take a kid for ice cream and all the troubles melt away. ask your son! ;-)

Posted by: Bou at January 15, 2007 05:15 PM

Birthday wishes from the Chaos Castle. I hope he had a wonderful day.

Posted by: sticks at January 15, 2007 08:28 PM

*leaves cake*

By the way, does this picture remind anyone else of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy? :-)

Posted by: Harvey at January 17, 2007 10:59 AM