Happy Birthday to my dad, who reads every post and calls me immediately after to comment on it and confirm that he read it. Who also asks on each and every phone call – “so, when’s the new post coming out?” …Unfortunately, he has given up on my posting, since I have failed to write a new post in over a year… so what better way to celebrate his birthday than to give him what he loves? (Before you point it out, yes, I did give exactly this same gift for my father on Father’s Day but that was in 2012 and it was for a different holiday, so I think it is acceptable to re-gift this gift).
For this year’s dad-dedicated blog post, I want to highlight my dad’s personality – what he likes, what he does, what makes him who he is. And to do that, I will employ the alphabet:
~ 26 Things My Father Loves ~
A for APPLICATIONS
From applying to college and jobs to business school and more, my dad loves to be involved in the entire process – reviewing essays, changing wording, editing grammar, and pressing the ‘send’ button together…it’s a bonding experience but also one of those oh my god please go away and stop leaning over my shoulder type ones… but hey, we all got to where we wanted to in the end, so his editing skills must be pretty good…
B for BEST WIFE EVER
Maybe it’s love and dedication, or maybe he just doesn’t know how to change it back on his phone, but whenever my mom calls him, it proclaims “Best Wife Ever”…and an iPhone can’t be wrong.
C for CORNHOLE & CROQUET
Not just competitive, but good (and obnoxious about it) too.
D for DAUGHTERS (and DAVE)
Because for someone “who couldn’t make a boy”, he sure has survived well surrounded by four daughters …and now two granddaughters too!
E for EXCLUSIVE MODEL FOR THE HARVARD DAD TSHIRT
F for FISHING
I learned early on that 1) salt water cures everything and 2) a fish pic will ALWAYS get you a boyfriend.
G for GRANDFATHER
He loves them, he spoils them, he sometimes secretly feeds them ice cream when he shouldn’t…I might not be “popping them out” yet (re: children), as he says, but I can’t wait for him to …babysit? More like, play with each other.
H for HOT TUB
But not just any hot tub. The Grande. With its own remote, over 50 light combinations, and a waterfall. So big, we had to get the deck reinforced.
I for IMPLIED CONSENT, HIS 2ND BOOK
J for JELLO FRUIT CUPS
I’m not sure why he loves these so much but he does.
K for KEY WEST SCUBA DIVING TRIPS
Lobstering, Mallory Square, “hey you fat chicks”, (shouted at us, not by us) and loser golf carts. Key West has always been a good place for family memories…and sun burns.
L for LAWYER
My dad is an amazing lawyer. He is one of the few attorneys in Florida to be certified with the Florida Bar for Business Litigation AND Civil Law. He is also a certified Circuit Court and Federal Court mediator. And he has won the award of Super Lawyer every year since 2006. He was the youngest partner in the firm’s history at Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen P.A. and Trend Magazine named him as one of the State’s legal leaders for 5 consecutive years (only 1.6% of lawyers in Florida are honored by Florida Trend).
M for MAGNETS
My father is the easiest person to buy a christmas present for…just buy him a magnet! Add it to the collection! Nothing entertains him more than taking him to a souvenir shop. Magnets galore!!!
N for NO-SEE-UM SPRAY
Our “secret” spray for getting rid of those no-see-ums who come out at Happy Hour.
O for ORCHIDS
With the utmost love and dedication, my father tends to his orchids far beyond what is considered normal …we even have an Orchid Hospital (hidden away from the public eye, of course) to nurse the non-blooming orchids back into Bloomers.
P for PLAYING CARDS AND BACKGAMMON
He’s always ready for a game (that he’s good at) that enables him to smack-talk.
Q for QUICK MUDSLIDE BREAK
Sure, mudslides are basically an alcoholic milkshake, but isn’t that what makes them so good? the perfect mid-day drink when wearing a bathing suit.
R for RING GAME
So fun, we installed it at our house, and he plays every time he passes it.
S for SCRABBLE
Don’t bother playing him unless you know all the 2-letter words. Play him on Words with Friends and your phone will buzz all day…he is a very responsive player, and likes to have multiple games going at once.
T for TENNIS
My dad is a darn good tennis player who makes you feel good about your skills too, until you realize he is hitting the ball perfectly to you every time and you aren’t actually that good…and then he gets bored and switches from nice mode – making you run full court back and forth as he stands in the middle and laughs. Then, the lesson typically ends.
U for USEPPA
Our amazing, lovely home, where we have grown up and run amok through the years.
V for VERY SECRET KARATE NINJA
No one has seen him throw a chop, but we know the skill secretly lies there within.
W for WILBUR (AND PENNY TOO!)
The furry rodents he loves and cuddles.
X FOR (E)XPERT ATHLETE
Tennis, racquet ball, and now surfing. He’s like a shark, gotta keep moving.
Y for YOU’RE COLD? GUESS WHO ELSE IS COLD. MY DAUGHTER. YOU KNOW WHY? SHE GOES TO SCHOOL UP NORTH…IN BOSTON. WELL ACTUALLY IN CAMBRIDGE, OKAY, OKAY, ITS HARVARD!!!!
Perhaps he is a little not-subtle about it sometimes, but he sure is proud!
Z for Zzz AT BACK HOUSE PARTIES
Because the best type of party is a back house party – where you sleep and cuddle the dogs and well, not much else…
and that’s a glimpse into the mind of the dadzo! Or how I like to imagine it would be. Happy birthday dad!!