Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Ms. Bear on Her Father's 99th Birthday!
When I think back to my childhood, my dad was always kind of a larger-than-life figure. Literally, he was a big guy, over 6 feet tall, and to me, as a little kid, he always seemed so big. I lived back in the old days, where mothers stayed home and raised kids, and I remember being so impressed that my dad was able to earn so much money to give us such a wonderful life. I always wanted to know how much he made, but people back then were very closed-mouthed about money matters!
My dad was a man of the Mad Men era. He went to work looking spiffy in a suit and tie every day and had long lunches in nice restaurants on the company dime. He would arrive home promptly at 5:45 every day, and on the rare occasion that he was late, my mom would sit down at the piano and play a song because that always made him pull in the driveway!
Growing up, I never felt that I knew him too well. His politics and mine were in stark opposition. This was during the era of the Vietnam War and dinner table conversations would sometimes get a little heated!
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my dad and smile. For I know, wherever he is, that he is just as proud of me today as he was my whole life. It’s too bad that I didn’t really realize this earlier. So, today, if you still have parents living, take a moment to call them up and ask them some questions before it’s too late to really get to know the person inside that larger-than-life figure that you call mom and dad!