And while I know my dad loved his party, I think for all of us, the best part of the weekend for him and for us was the time we spent as just our immediately family, me, my brothers, our spouses, my dad, his girlfriend, and his adorable grandchildren.
Friday night we gave him his birthday gift: a 60 page scrapbook full of family photos. The last page was titled, “75 Life Lessons My Dad Taught Me.” It was an idea I got from my good friend, Cathy. A few years ago, she and her siblings compiled the same type of list for her dad for his 60th birthday, and she said it was one of the greatest gifts they ever gave him.
So, we decided to do the same, and my brothers and I (with the help of our spouses and even a couple thrown in from a dear childhood friend) came up with a list of 75 things our dad has taught us over the years.
And now with Father’s Day just around the corner, I couldn’t help but share this gift that my dad loved so much.
Some were inside jokes.
Some poked fun at him just a little . . .
Some conveyed our love.
Some were things we have heard him say all our lives.
And some were an attempt to show our extreme gratitude for all he has done for us.
|My dad with his grandchildren (minus Miss Carina who was taking a nap)|