To celebrate I made a short video with images from my Dad's eight decades. I showed the video to Dad the other day and he loved it, even if his entire life literally flashed before his eyes in less than two minutes!
And what a ride it's been! Growing up on the farm, moving to DC to go to law school, meeting my mom, getting involved in local politics and then running a national organization, five children, seven grandchildren, and lots and lots of travels. He's even got a wikipedia page.
Truth be told, I have a bit of a complicated relationship with my Dad. When I was growing up, he was busy travelling, giving speeches, passing legislation, and generally doing important stuff. I was proud of him, but he was gone a great deal of the time. Father/daughter bonding usually involved going on a business trip with him to this convention or that meeting, which is how I've been to most of the places where I have been. As a teenager/young adult I also developed the (stereo)typical strained relationship with my Dad. Then, my mom was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago and everything shifted. Even though I lived thousands of miles away from home, I began to spend more and more time with Mom and Dad. After Mom passed away, my Dad had his own health challenges, and so I began to spend more and more time just with him, something that hadn't really happened since I tagged along on business trips as a kid. Dad's also a mellower person these days, adjusting to getting older and being less busy. This has shifted our relationship as well in a good if weird way.
It's also meant that instead of getting to know important Dad, I've gotten to know silly Dad a bit better. And that, my friends, is a very good thing! We all need a bit more goofiness in our lives.
|Proof he has always been silly|
|A more recent silly photo!|
And so, in the presence of the blogopshere I say ...
Happy Birthday Dad!