Dear Dad (Pops),
Sometimes it isn't until a girl grows up a little and maybe even has a family of her own that she appreciates her parents. I knew I loved you as a little girl, but that love has grown so much over the years tested against my own weaknesses, shortcomings and even victories as an adult. You have taught me many things including some great Dadisms that Jim and I really should write a book about. I have felt your love even more since I have witnessed you love all your grandchildren. I would like to celebrate you with a few throwback pictures and the ways I love you.
You taught me (and Jackson) how to drive. We can drive big cars, toy cars, electric trains, roller coasters and even motor less go karts.
You helped me understand what, "Be the good guy, wear the white hat" means and you taught my son to say Vandergraf Generator before he could recite his ABC's.
You are always there for the good times and laughs, but you also held me and your wife when times were hard. You never told me how I should grieve, you only hugged me as I did it.
You are more patient with me and my kids than any of us deserve.
Even the ones that scream and cry their first years in life.
You always chip in to help, especially when beer is involved.
You have instilled in EVERY grandchild the desire to go and knowledge of ZERO G's
You have taken us on exciting travels and can make the best of most situations (except maybe the Mezquita in Cordoba)
An adventure can happen in any place, but a good guide book can always be found in your house and the next big trip always in the making.
You have loved me by loving my children and taken them away at just the when I need a break.
TWo of the things I certainly didn't appreciate when I was younger, but not only appreciate, but also fully embrace now is:
1. Your silliness-you aren't afraid to play no matter the age.
2. Your family-I wouldn't know anything about your past if it weren't for your fun sister that can make any day feel like a holiday
Dad, you have taught me how to be a good friend and have always embraced my friends as another part of the family.
YOu have also helped me to appreciate trying disgusting food,
and grown up drinks!
Cheers to 63 years and I hope your Birthday is full of love, joy and adventure to come.
Lots of love,