Our dad would have been 83 years old today. He was a very fun-loving and generous man, always wanting to include others in our family holidays if they had nowhere to go. Holidays and family gatherings were probably his favorite part of life. He could grill the most delicious pork chop ever, and I loved Thanksgiving in Arizona when he put the turkey on the rotisserie outside on the grill. I can easily picture him sitting in his chair in their Arizona Room (screened in patio), watching over the food, and waiting to announce that it was ready. And he was ALWAYS the last one sitting at the table.
He loved his grandchildren beyond measure and made sure they all felt very very special when they were with him. My dad had 2 stepdaughters and they loved him dearly. He treated them as though he'd raised them from their first day, and I know both of them feel very much as though he was their dad.
Here are the four children he helped bring to this world. Although the eldest left long before Dad, they have been reunited. And the three of us miss our dad all the time. Happy Birthday, Dad.