a bday tribute

well, this is it: today is dad’s 70th birthday!

i can’t believe he’s that old it! and if i can’t believe it, i wonder how dad feels?! πŸ™‚

dad will receive his gifts later today. then, tomorrow we have a special family celebration!

in honour of dad’s milestone day, we have a list of 26 things about dad (because it’s november 26th, hence my choice of 26 items). i would have done seventy (twenty-six was surprisingly easy to find) but then i’d have to delve into even more embarrassing stories, so twenty-six shall suffice!

happy birthday, dad!

26 reasons we love dad

1. dad was that neighbourhood father who spent evenings and weekend afternoons outside with all the kids, playing baseball, driveway hockey, football tossing, frisbee flinging…

2. dad is the author ofΒ  my favourite quote of all-time: the world is full of idiots. classic.

3. “everything in moderation” is another life expression dad espouses – and it makes so much sense.

4. dad can check “run a marathon” off his bucket list – we ran our first marathons at the same race! (niagara, 1996).

5. dad is always the first one to reach for the bill when out with friends or family, at a restaurant or coffee shop.

6. dad loves a bowl of cereal.

7. dad is an ace at sudoku puzzles.

8. dad has a warm smile and kind eyes.

9. dad will always win at the board game “risk” because of his never-fail strategy of taking over all of australia, then attacking outwards from there (we used to get soooo mad, as kids!).

10. dad is a willing and un-complaining dish-washer for mom when she bakes and cooks.

11. at various stages of his life, dad has played recreation-league hockey and baseball; he has been a curling squad (team? crew? foursome?), he took yoga, and now, he still golfs regularly.

12. dad is willing to have his photo on the blog at any time, even when wearing his pajamas.

13. dad worked for the same company for his entire 45+ year professional career – that kind of loyalty is rather uncommon.

14. dad is skilled at painting and wallpapering – his attention to detail is phenomenal.

15. dad taught me to ice skate when i was two.

16. dad has a deep bass singing voice, and can carry a tune marvelously.

17. dad let me learn to drive standard – and taught me himself! – on his beloved 1981 toyota celica.

18. dad can bbq a mean medium-rare steak; we’ll forget about the time he accidentally melted his sunglasses by placing them on top of a hot bbq!

19. dad has impeccable style and is a dapper dresser.

20. dad held my hand at the 9k mark of my first 10k race and encouraged me not to walk – that can-do attitude has stayed with me ever since.

21. in his role as g’pa, dad gives pony rides to little e and cutie c, and lets them walk on his feet.

22. dad made up stories for us when we were little, featuring “the little man” (he’d walk his fingers to be the little man) and “susie and freddy” (a little girl and her dog).

23. dad slipped me french fries on the sly beginning when i was about a year old. mom found out when i started pointing and going “ugh ugh!” for fries, upon spying them!

24. dad keeps his vehicles in pristine and mint condition – both the interiors and the exteriors. that begs the question: why are the brother and i so lax??!

25. dad is bilingual – german and english. he failed grade nine french, though.

26. thanks to dad, i have green eyes, too.

happy saturday, friends!


november thankfulness:

(for friday november 25th): yesterday i was thankful for my longstanding friendship with lisa.

friends since the early '90's!

it was her birthday yesterday! i am happy that we have plans for coffee to meet up next week!

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  • Johanna B  On November 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing the memories of your Dad. He sounds quite special.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      thanks, johanna! if you were closer, we could all go out for coffee together! πŸ™‚

  • The Orchard  On November 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I was going to say what your mom said. What a wonderful tribute to your dad. I wonder if I saw him in Town Square today? I saw a man that totally reminded me of him!

    It was great chatting with you today. If is funny that you mentioned your green eyes – I totally noticed today how green they are! Lucky you!


    • 1970kikiproject  On November 27, 2011 at 5:55 am

      thanks, tricia! i bet you DID see dad at the mall – my parents enjoy afternoon coffee there pretty much every day! it was fun to see you and the girls, too! pop by any time! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa  On November 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I think I’m in love with your dad. In the most un-creepy way possible. It’s probably because a lot of what you said reminds me of my own dad.

    Um, so, yes, I think we need to talk about the car thing. You don’t keep your car clean? It’s one of my worst traits—the “What goes in the car, stays in the car” rule. I don’t ever intend it to be this way, but vacuuming it and cleaning it out..I’m terrible at. My dad is appalled πŸ™‚

    Hope your weekend is wonderful. Thank you for sharing some insights to your dad—he makes it obvious why you are such a wonderful person!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      oh, thanks for you lovely comments, lisa! (hug!) i am so glad you are a slob with your car, too – maybe we just need to get our cars soooo filthy/disgusting that our dads clean them FOR us?!! enjoy the rest of your weekend~it is incredibly mild here for the end of november – hope you guys have similar temps!

  • Gina Unger  On November 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, Erv! WOW! 70 years young and looking as fit and dapper as ever!
    Thanks, Cath, for the wonderful tribute to your dad. I loved it all, and I think I’ll be writing #10 for Jeff if I ever do a tribute to him someday! It is wonderful for the meal maker in the house, let me tell you! πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      thanks for your warm compliments, gina! dad will appreciate your kind words! πŸ™‚ glad to hear you have a “right hand man” for kitchen clean up, too! yea, jeff!

  • Zo  On November 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Happy Birthday Cathy’s Dad (Irv, right?)! What a lovely post and a great list of reasons why your dad is awesome. Number 9 cracked me up!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

      thanks, zo! and you have a good memory for detail – you got dad’s name right (erv!). risk -> well, now you know the strategy to use should you ever find yourself playing this board game. it is a winning strategy, we can assure you!

  • Mom  On November 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

    What a warm and wonderful tribute to your dear dad. You have always known how to make our hearts sing.
    With love,

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