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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
    8 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
    8 months ago

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

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