Today my dad would have turned 69. My god that’s old! He would have spent the morning out for a walk with his dog, then a bit of time with his racing pigeons and would have enjoyed a family dinner at home with all of us. I imagine that would have been the case anyway. Unfortunately this is the 14th birthday we’ve had without him.
My dad was a complicated man. He was funny & fun, he was a bit of a Gobbledok, he was passionate about and sometimes frustrated by the world, he loved to learn, but overall he was kind & gentle. I love(d) him an awful lot. I guess you could say I was a Daddy’s girl.
He would be very proud of his family if he was still here. Mum has become an intrepid explorer. I admire her ability to take off and discover new cities on her own. I bet Dad would have been jealous of her trip to the US where she saw Bruce Springsteen live! Josh is a fantastic father and a respected corporate exec. Ben is also a gorgeous dad and so hard-working. Dave is everybody’s favourite -basically he is the “best” according to his niece (and many others). And all those grand-kids – he would have loved them to bits. He would have shot hoops with Aidy whenever he was asked and I think he would have loved buying little fluffy toys for Carys, just like he did for me. He would have loved watching all of the concerts put on by Abby & Katie. And I reckon he would’ve embraced Skype & email just so he could be closer to them. He might have even overcome his dislike of flying!
And as for me, I’m complicated, just like my dad. I’m funny & fun, I am definitely a Gobbledok, I can be easily frustrated by things outside of my control, I like to think I’m kind. I bet he would have been thrilled that I’ve moved home and that I am following my dream of a new life and career.
Happy birthday Dad, I miss you.