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Day 391

Dad turns 100 - remembering....

Had he lived, my father would turn 100 today. But he didn't: he made it to 76, and that was that. His death remains a mystery: why he stopped taking his blood pressure medication is beyond my comprehension, and his death certificate listed a disease that we never knew he had.

I remember walking into his bathroom while he was shaving one morning. I asked him what the most exciting thing that ever happened to him, and I thought maybe he would talk about being in the army or some other wild and crazy thing he had done, but without a pause he said, "having you kids."

My dad didn't get married until rather late for that time; he was well into his 30's, and my mother was 13 years younger than him. I realize now that it must have been quite the scandal. It was an okay marriage, better than some, worse than others.

But he did love us kids; he hung in there for us when we hit rough spots, and always good for a laugh. Whenever I pull a good prank, I think about my dad. And when I think about being a good dad, I envision him.

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  • Plume de nom Plume de nom
    11 months ago

    RD, it's good to be able to look back with fondness and I'm glad that you can. I'm sure you'll be thinking about him a lot today and over the next few days.

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  • George Smith George Smith
    11 months ago

    Good memories to hold onto. I like his reply to your question.

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