Hats off to Dad

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I spent last weekend in Port Orchard helping my sisters host an

open house for my dad's 80th birthday. We had a pretty good turn out and I

think a good time was had by all. Mom was able to be there, as well as two of

the great-grandbabies. My nieces are very good about taking the time to

make sure Great-Grandpa sees the babies. And they send him lots of pictures too.

If he didn't live in Las Vegas, Dan would have had Tim there as

well. They are all pretty good kids.

I would like to take a moment to brag about my daddy. He has been

a terrific Dad. He is very active in American Legion Post #30 and

has been for over 50 years.

He owned a business in Port Orchard for many years, taking over

from his dad and his brother-in-law. He raised five daughters to be honest,

productive people. Three of us have college degrees; and my sister

Jeanne, always an over-achiever, has a Ph.D. in educational administration.

We aren't perfect by any means, but we vote, we take care of our families

and we are involved in our communities. We support charities, give blood,

and try to make the world a bit better than we find it. I think Mom and Dad

can take pride in that accomplishment.

Daddy was not able to go to college, due to family circumstances.

But he is smart man. He is the reason I got through physics in college, and

he knows all sorts of interesting facts. My sister once remarked that she

always knew Mom was a whiz at trivia, but she didn't realize how much

Daddy knew as well. He could be a millionaire easily, if Regis Philbin would

just give him a call!

Daddy is also a wise man. At least I think so. He always seemed to

know the right thing to say when I was in a dilemma. He has supported my

decisions, tried to help me see the consequences of my actions, and let

me make mistakes when I needed to. And whether he said it out loud or not,

I always knew he loved his family. It was there in the hard work he did

to support us. It was there in the family vacations we took. It was there in

the rough hands that felt so good rubbing your back when you were sick. And

it was there in the fact that, come hell or high water, he and my mother will

celebrate 60 years of marriage in this new century.

So here's a toast to my daddy, from Daddy's Little Girl. You're the



Thought for the Week: A graduating class at Yale University voted

on this question: "What man in the world do you most admire?" And a

majority answered: "My father."

I agree.

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