Today is my Father's Birthday. Dad would have been 89 today. Unfortunately my dad passed away in 1989... much too young a man to have died so soon.
I was sitting here at my computer thinking about him ... and wishing I could send him a birthday card. And then the thought hit me. I am on Active Rain. So, I CAN send my Dad a birthday card... and this is it.
It is funny how, as I was growing up, the older I got, the smarter my Dad got. Funny how that works. As was I, my Dad was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. It has been a long time now, and the older I get, the fuzzier my memories of him become.
Several months ago I wrote a post about him. It told the story about how I got my driver's license, and how he delayed telling me he finally got word I was insured... until Christmas day when he was supposed to go pick up my Grandmother and bring her to our home for Christmas dinner.
I remember another silly time when he was trying to fix a crooked sidewalk at the base of our driveway at home. Then he got the bright idea of stringing a very heavy rope around the sidewalk to lift it, and then he strung the other end of the rope through the front windows of our 1954 Ford, and slowly tried to pull the car up the driveway away from the sidewalk, and tried to gently lift the sidewalk. Ummm... not a good plan. He almost ripped the center door pillars out of both sides of the car.
I remember him telling me he played fast-pitch baseball in a recreational league in Cleveland as a young man. I probably heard him tell the story of how he hurt his arm when he pitched both ends of a Sunday double-header because his team was in a turnament. His arm was never the same. I heard that story so many times back then, I got tired of hearing about it. How I wish I could hear him tell it again tonight.
I remember family picnics. I remember going over to his home every weekend when he was older, and raking the leaves for him, or washing his car... but these memories are fading, too.
Dad, it has been nineteen years now since you passed. Happy Birthday Dad ! I miss you...