It's my dad's birthday today.
Similar to my mom, he also deserves much more than a paltry blog post in honor of his big day.
My dad deserves a day at the beach, too.
Make that a week at the beach.
The beach would have to be all-inclusive, obviously, and would have to have tennis courts and an all-you-can-eat guacamole bar. An all-you-can-eat cereal bar wouldn't be a bad thing, either. It would also have a fabulous swimming pool, complete with hammocks and a view of the ocean.
Someday soon Dad, okay?
My dad (his name is Ken) and I like to play a game called "Ask Ken". In "Ask Ken", I ask him a yes or no question. He then answers it.
It goes something like this: "Hey Dad, do you know who invented the metric system?"
He'll reply: "Of course I do!"
He's so smart.
While he may not actually know who invented the metric system, I've learned a lot from my dad over the years.
Here are a few lessons I've learned:
1. Family is one of the most important things. Do whatever you can, whenever you can, to spend time together. It doesn't really matter what you do together: you can watch a baseball game, have dinner, play Cranium, play bocce ball, or just hang out. It's good to be together.
2. A healthy, well-balanced meal is essential to starting a day off right. That breakfast is best when it's a bowl of cereal, paired with a banana. If you happen to have any cookies lying around, those make an excellent end to breakfast.
3. Being young is much more a state of mind than a number. Things that help you stay young? Being active! My dad always told me to find an activity to do. Whether it is yoga, tennis, running, or kickball, it's good to be able to get out of the house and do something.
4. New isn't always better. Old music, old clothes, old furniture - if it's comfortable and still fits you (literally and figuratively), why get rid of it?
5. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices. You may not like it, but you do what you have to do in order to get by. And, more often than not, things end up working out just fine.
6. Laughter is good. Being friendly is good. Being loyal and a good friend is good.
Happy birthday Dad.
Do you know how glad I am to be celebrating you today?
Of course you do.
You always know.