Saturday, August 05, 2006

Happy Milestone Birthday Dad! Ninety!


Today my dad had his 90th birthday!



My parents' wedding day

It was difficult to find a nice, clear picture of Dad to scan because I don't have very many good ones of him. My parents divorced when I was 12 years old and I didn't see him very often after that. We've lived 12,000 miles apart for most of my married life...him in Australia and me here in the U.S.
Consequently I have very few photos of him.



With Kathy, our youngest, in 1994 Posted by Picasa

Kathy and I visited my Mum in August, 1994 just after she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Sadly, she died in 1996.
During our visit we spent time with Dad too. One day he took Kathy and I fishing on Stockton Beach in Port Stevens, NSW. He always loved fishing. Kathy discovered sand dunes for the first time that day. She was 13 at the time and had never seen them before. We had such a lot of fun fishing and picnicing on the beach and running around in the dunes all day.
If you let a little air out of the tires you can drive a car on the beach. My dad has always been a kid at heart, and he took us for a great ride on the beach and up into the sand dunes. He almost gave us a heart attack when he came to the edge of a very tall dune and applied the brakes just in time to avoid going over the edge! He even scared himself. He hadn't realized that edge was there. Anyway, we got stuck trying to back up and had to dig ourselves out. Kathy of course, thought it was a great adventure :)

So Dad, I wanted you to know that on your 90th birthday I'm looking back and remembering some of the fun times we've had together :)

I had a nice chat on the phone with Dad tonight and heard all about his birthday celebration. Apparently it was wonderful, with lots of old friends dropping in for a surprise visit...even people he had worked with years ago!
My brother and SIL took him out to their favorite chinese restaurant where the owners totally spoiled him with special foods. When K & C brought him back to the retirement home where he lives, the ladies had made him a big beautiful cake and organized a party. He was so touched by all this fuss and attention on his behalf that he got all emotional telling me about it.
He told me he thinks he'll make it to 100! Now that's optimism! I hope he does!! He says he's going to call me on his 100th birthday :)

8 comments:

clairesgarden said...[Reply]

he sounds great, glad he had a nice birthday

Wendy A said...[Reply]

What a lovely family. I hope he makes it to 100. He sure looks fit. Happy Birthday to him.

Connie and Rob said...[Reply]

Happy 90th Birthday to Kerri's Dad!
How wonderful that he can still get out and enjoy himself as much as he seems to be doing. With his positive attitude he probably will make it to 100!

All the best to him and the rest of your family.

Hugs,
Connie

jellyhead said...[Reply]

How wonderful that your Dad is still going strong at 90! I bet you missed him today, especially.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...[Reply]

Happy Birthday to your dad Kerri. How wonderful to live to be 90 and I love his optimism about living to 100...he'll do it too.

I feel bad that he is so far away from you anyway I am assuming he still lives 12,000 miles away. I bet you would have loved to have been with him to celebrate his birthday. I'm sending hugs your way.

So many birthdays on Aug. 4th & 5th.

Sue said...[Reply]

Dear Kerri,
I loved this post and hearing a bit more about your Dad...
I'm sure you were wishing to be there with him and share his special day.
A 90th birthday is such a milestone! He sounds like he's still enjoying his life.
With that attitude, there's every hope that he will make it to 100!
A lovely post!
((hugs))

PEA said...[Reply]

Wishing your dad a wonderful 90th birthday...what a wonderful man he sounds to be:-) Love the pictures of him and reading some of your memories of time spent with him! I can well imagine how much you miss being nearer to him, especially on occasions like this!! Hugs xoxox

Sigrun said...[Reply]

Kerri, the photo from the marriage of your parents is wonderful! The dress of your mum is very very nice. The are a Dream-couple, I think!
And I wish him a very nice birthday.

Sigrun