Thursday, July 10, 2008

happy, happy birthday Dad

mom and dad at uso show
Ammy and Papa, June 2008

I've got to scoot and skaddle - that's been July's theme so far, but I'll take it over June's malaise anyday - but first, some birthday wishes.

My Dad 'retired' early from his job a few years ago, leaving him bored and with nothing to do all the day long.


I feel for him. We lean on him hard, all the womenfolk in the family. He's carried the weight of my Grandma's demands, and they are not light. I know how that feels, that sense that others see you as available because you no longer collect a check. Available to do for them. Some of us moms can relate.

(He's working for a bit now, took a contract for a few weeks. It will probably feel like vacation.)

So, I hope you take it easy tonight, soak up the sun and enjoy that parade. We will see you Saturday, but our hearts are with you now.

Happy birthday.


Jennifer H said...

Happy birthday to Papa!

Stu said...

Happy Birthday Papa Milton.


Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Happy Birthday to your papa!

holly said...

a retiree who is bored tells me one thing : not enough golf lessons.

get that man golfing. it's the only reason i work - so that one day i can spend every.last.bloody.minute putting a little ball into a little hole.

okay - yes, happy birthday to your daddykins!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Happy birthday to your dad! He is indeed one awe-inspiring dude.

You know he totally won't relax though, right? That's how great dads always are...

Kimberly said...

Happy birthday to the father of one of my favourite gals!

Melanie said...

Happy birthday to your dad!

(Judging from that picture, you are such a precise mix of your mom and dad.)

Minnesota Matron said...

Could that be a sweeter photo? Sometimes I think men carry more weight than we realize.