Saturday, July 3, 2010
Happy Birthday, Dad
I have often thought what the hell Mom & Dad were thinking when I came along, 12 years after my last sibling. Mom was 40 and Dad 45 when I was born, in 1963. Whatever possessed them?! Mom recently told me that she thought of having yet another baby to keep me company. I recall, when I was about 30, Dad told me I was an "accident". I took no offense. I always thought Mom knew what she was doing, and Dad probably thought he was gettin' lucky. Dad and I didn't always get along. In fact, when I was in my teens and early college, I was distraught. Mom finally told me that the reason we clashed is that we were exactly alike. I suppose that's true. Physically I'm nearly a carbon copy of Dad (although as I've aged, I have more of Mom's characteristics). Today dad would have been 93. I'm finding out more about him now that he's passed. More to come on that, perhaps. But for now, I simply miss him.