Happy Birthday Dad…I Miss You!

Normally on my Dad’s birthday I’d give him a call, say happy birthday and see what he was up to for the day.

This is the first year I won’t be able to do that because a little over two weeks ago I had to say good-bye to him when he passed away.

Today would have been his 67th birthday.

I’m sure wherever he is, he’s celebrating and doing so in grand style, playing golf courses so brilliant it puts all of those on earth to shame.

As a way of celebrating his life I thought I’d share a few memories that I included in his eulogy as well as some photos.

Tonight I shall celebrate with a meal he’d enjoy (Prime Rib, Asparagus and White Rice – for dessert a slice of cherry pie with vanilla ice cream) and watch the movie that wound up setting the stage for a major portion of who I am…Star Wars – Episode IV – A New Hope. He and I saw a lot of movies together, but it’s that one that always meant the most.

So with that I’ll say “Happy Birthday Dad! I miss you, we all miss you so much and hope you’re getting to spend some good time with your old pet dinosaur. Ha. Ha. Ha.”

I love you Dad, wherever you are up there…

I remember his old red 2-door Toyota Corolla and the specialness of sitting up front with him. Anytime I drove with him, even into my teens he’d throw his arm across my chest whenever he had to stop suddenly.

I remember gaining my love of aviation when my Dad would take me to Flying Tigers. I’d get to see all the big planes and the inside of the flight simulators. Most of all I remember everyone calling my Dad chief.

I remember him taking me to the movies and introducing me to what would become a passion of mine later on…STAR WARS. Thanks to my Dad I can say that I was one of the few who actually saw it in the movie theaters.

According to my father he would buy a TV Guide and it would disappear. He’d buy another one and it would disappear. So TV Guides were mysteriously disappearing and he had no idea where they went. It was only later when they were checking out the piano did they find out that I had been taking the TV Guides and stashing them inside the piano.

Or there’s the times I apparently had an affinity for cat food and he and my mom would have to keep me out of it.

He and my step-mom Cathy drove all the way from Arizona to LA to come see me in a play I was in. He was there with a big smile and a loving hug.

I am going to miss his e-mails

I am going to miss his phone calls and hearing his voice

I am going to miss his text messages.

I am going to miss his comments on Facebook.

I am going to miss his big hugs.

I am going to miss talking with him about movies.

I am going to miss watching Star Wars with him

Dad, wherever you are…I love you, I will miss you and am so lucky to have had you for my father. Don’t be a stranger okay?

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