The third week of August tends to be an emotional one for me.  First, there is the beginning of the school year when time knocks on the door asking for my children.  Next comes this day – August 20th – my Dad’s birthday.  He would have been 67 today.  Three years ago, when he celebrated his 64th birthday, he said to me, “At my age, you just feel lucky for each year you get.”  I pooh-poohed him and changed the subject.  Little did we know.

At least now I am more often smiling at his memory than not.  He had an original and extremely warped sense of humor.  Most of his jokes I couldn’t share on a blog I try to keep PG-13, but just yesterday I found myself chuckling when I heard Every Breath You Take on the radio.  My dad liked the song, but he’d add his own lyrics: “Every cake you bake. Every yard you rake. Every jug you shake…” Also, the time he did his own catwalk to I’m Too Sexy is in the annals of classic family reunion moments.  Every time I hear either of those songs, I laugh.

I came across this line from John Gregory Brown’s novel Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery and decided it was perfect as a tribute to my dad on his birthday: “There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.” So, Happy Birthday Dad.

Also, one of my very best friends, Jane, shares my father’s birthday.  I’m sure there is something significant about that, but really all that matters is that she is a soul sister for sure.  She is my living example of how to grow younger and more beautiful every year.  Ireland is probably her favorite country outside of the U.S., so I’m putting this Irish blessing in for her.

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of your wealth
May the dreams you hold dearest
Be those which come true
May the kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

And many happy returns!

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  1. Hi Julie,
    I’m reading this a bit late but it doesn’t make your Birthday Greetings to and about your Dad any less meaningful for me! I miss him too, for many reasons. As a brother and as a friend he was a very unique person. Lots of great memories. I know that he is very proud of you!

    Love you!

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