Dad was born on February 5 so this day is always an emotional one for me. Dad loved his birthday, which usually turned into a birthday week. He saved all his birthday cards and every year around mid January, he would start to display them around the house, adding more from the collection each day and looking forward to new greetings. There were always plenty of those; he was much loved. He always said we didn’t need to get him a new one each year but, of course, nobody listened. He would have been disappointed if we had. He most cherished cards with a thoughtful note and he relished revisiting old wishes. On the other hand, he was amused by cards being reused with a new message added – because he appreciated the practical approach.
As my siblings and I grew, we moved away for school or work and were separated by distance. But those of us who were near, always gathered for Dad’s birthday supper and cake. If any of us couldn’t make it home, we always checked in by phone and he anticipated the calls for days. He loved to chat and laugh with family members. In fact, he typically had multiple cakes and meals shared with various friends and extended family.
I miss Dad every day but on his birthday, his loss is especially strong. We’ll toast his name and light a birthday candle for him today.
I was very close to my father, and by all accounts, am very much like him. I made this digital scrapbook page to capture some of the similarities.
Do you have a family member who is very like you – or very different? Challenge yourself today to write a story or do a layout to compare your personalities. You’ll be glad to have the reminder and it will mean a lot to your children or grandchildren as it might help them understand why you (or they) act or look as they do.