Monday, May 05, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today is my father's birthday. He would've been 76.

This past week I've been trying to think of something to do that my dad would've enjoyed. I considered taking the family to a baseball game, but the timing didn't work out.

So I didn't have anything special planned for today - which was good, because it was non-stop from the moment the alarm went off at 5 a.m. That's not entirely true. When the alarm went off, it took me three minutes to decide to actually get out of bed.

Then I was off to the gym, then right to physical therapy, then home to get the kids ready. I dropped Sawyer off a preschool, took Sage to Target and then to her gymnastics class, then raced back home so David could go pick up Sawyer. Meanwhile, I got lunch ready.

After Sage went down for her nap, Sawyer demanded I play with all the new bubble blowers I got him, even though it was chilly and damp out.

Soon it was mid-afternoon. We headed up the street to play with the twins and there was a table set up in their driveway for a cinco de mayo party. The neighbors started wandering by and the twins' grandparents arrived.

The grandfather, D, is almost 70. He's very active and, of course, loves playing with his very active grandsons. He ran after baseballs that rolled down the street. He crawled halfway under a pickup truck to retrieve another one.

He helped one of the twins with his fielding skills.

He sat the younger brother on his knee.

He, simply, was being a grandpa.

Something my dad never had the chance to do.

It makes me tremendously sad. And envious, too. What a time my father is missing out on, the kind of joy that comes only from the laugh of a child. A grandchild.

Happy birthday, Dad.

I miss you. We miss you.


Julie said...

Thinking of you.

I also often think of what my dad will be missing out on with his grandchildren. If only things could have been different...


AER said...


Marcy said...

I lost my father-in-law 4 years ago this month, and my dad 3 years ago next month. My boys have NO grandpa. Myheart aches for what they are missing. And my heart aches just for me. Just for what I am missing.....So I feel your pain. And I understand.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Julie. Hope you're hanging in there. I've been thinking of you!

Thanks, Anne!

Marcy - So sorry to hear that. We don't have contact with DH's father (who lives out of the country) so my kids also basically have no grandfather. Very, very sad. Hugs to you!

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