Saturday, May 3, 2008

Happy 80th birthday Dad!

                                 

Happy Birthday, Dad!!!
 
My Dad turned 80 today. 
 
Gee, when I think of 80, I think of, like, old people.  But he doesn't seem old to me.  Not 80 anyway. 
 
He is very young at heart.  He's lots of fun.  Loves to banter.  He's where Val and I got our love of words from.  He studies the dictionary.  Sometimes we will sit around and discuss root words and meanings of words from the dictionary in my family as our fun!
 
Okay, instead of me telling you more about him, I thought I'd bring to you this little interview I did with him this afternoon.
 
Krissy:  What is your secret to making it to 80?
Dad:     Be a practicing alcoholic till around 50.  That means you are not one after that.
 
Krissy:  What's important in life?
Dad:     a heartbeat and the 12 steps
 
Krissy:   How does it feel to be 80?
Dad:      A year older than 79.
 
Krissy:   What was your favorite job?
Dad:     The last day of the last one.
 
Krissy:   How tall are you?
Dad:      Now 5' 6", used to be 5' 9"
 
Krissy:   How many children do you have?
Dad:      six
 
Krissy:  Who is your favorite child?
Dad:     Whichever one asks me the question.
 
Krissy:   How many languages do you speak?
Dad:      I can say "One ham sandwich with mustard and a beer, if you please" in french, and I can count to three in Arabic.  I also know American English.
 
Krissy:   How old are you? 
Dad:      It is my 80th birthday, but I am already starting 81 years - excluding any gestation period.  If we counted the gestation period, I would almost be starting 82 years.  The Chinese have a better system than we do for marking age.  They say a baby is one - starting it's first year - when it is born.  We say we are one when we are PAST our first year.   
 
Okay, you all, I hope you enjoyed this interview with my father!  I hope you wish him a happy birthday, albeit a little bit late, as I am late with this entry.  At any rate, he does read my blog and the comments, so if you wish him a happy birthday, he will see your comment.  He goes by Dad or Don!  
 
Love you all,  Krissy :)

32 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday !  Loved the interview :)

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  2. Happy Birthday to your Dad!  He has a great sense of humor!

    Rose

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  3. nightmaremom5/03/2008 11:16 PM

    love the interview...  Happy Birthday Dad!!!   Hope your day was special...
    d

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  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dad.

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  5. Happy Birthday dad!  Thank you for giving the world Val & Krissy.  We love them.  Linda in Washington state  

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  6. Happy Birthday Dad!
    Linda :)

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  7. Happy birthday Don and may you have many more!

    ~Marie~

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  8. mastersblynn5/04/2008 12:26 AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM TEXAS :) XOXBARB

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  9. pm71blackfen5/04/2008 12:45 AM

    Happy Birthday Don from London, England!

    Loved the interview!

    Best wishes, Pat

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  10. 'Who's your favorite child'........I'm TOTALLY stealing his answer when my own kids ask me that!!!  LOL

    Happy Birthday, Don!!

    ~Amy

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  11. Happy Birthday to Don! Helen

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  12. cherry2sweet2eat5/04/2008 1:08 AM

    lol he has a little sarcastic humor in his tone happy b-day dad!!

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  13. Happy Birthday Don, You sound an awful lot like my dad with the answer to who your favourite daughter Is! lol He has 5 to contend with!. I hope you have had a wonderful birthday. Big hugs and best wishes coming all the way from Bonnie Scotland. Love Pam xx

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  14. I must say Dad does not look 80 at all.
    My husband joins him in the 12 steps , maybe he will look as good at 80.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON!

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  15. Well Dad looks god and I like his sense of humor.    Have a wonderful day.        
    Dawn              

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  16. breakaway19685/04/2008 9:57 AM

    OMGOSH Krissy...funny my dad said the exact same thing when someone asked him what is the secret to being healthy at 80!  The alcoholic answer!  My dad was 80 in April and he is a recovering alcoholic since in his 50's   He drank for 30 years.  He is coming to live with me in june :)

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  17. heavenlybama5/04/2008 11:33 AM

    LOL  I love the interview.  Happy Belated Birthday Don!
    Hugs,
    D

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  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, SIR.  Hope your day was a Happy One and with a daughter like Krissy I am sure it was.  You sure don't look 80.  

    Myke

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  19. I hope he had a great day.  Sounds like a wise man!
    Missie

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  20. Happy Birthday Don. Wishing you many more. You look Great.

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  21. Happy Birthday to you Dad, what a charming conversation you had with your Dad, I loved it.  Wish we lived closer to sit down and chat with him, what a delightful, caring and loving Dad you have been blessed with Krissy.  Lucky you. Arlene (AJ)

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  22. carouselqueen705/04/2008 8:14 PM

    Your dad sounds like a fun person to be around. I hope he had a wonderful birthday. I hope  he has many many more.  Happy belated birthday Don!! ...
    Christine

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  23. rdautumnsage5/04/2008 8:21 PM

    Happy Birthday to your dad hon! May he have many, many more to come filled with love and peace. He sounds like he has a great attitude with life. He's right the 12 steps do help you get through life. (Hugs) Indigo

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  24. Happy belated birthday, Chrissy's Dad!  Hoping this year will be the best ever
    followed by many more even better.  Enjoyed your humor.  Bet that's what
    keeps you young at heart. Take care and God bless.   Pat

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  25. Happy belated birthday to your dad! at 80 he's still going strong....

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  26. Happy Birthday to your Dad.  How wonderful you have him to celebrate with!  I like the part of the interview about the best job being the last job.  'On Ya' - ma

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  27. helmswondermom5/05/2008 12:38 PM

    I loved that interview with your dad!!  I'm not surprised that you and Val are such funny and warm people!  Great picture too.
    Lori

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  28. With that quick wit he has, 80 is only a number! Hope my wit is as keen as his when I'm that "young"
    Nancy

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  29. Great interview ~ your dad surely has a sense of humour :)

    Jenny

    http://journals.aol.co.uk/Jmoqueen/MyLife

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  30. preciousone255/06/2008 12:33 AM

    Happy Birthday, Don!!!  I loved reading his answers!!!  Great interview, Great sense of humor!!!

    Joann

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  31. Sorry i am late with this.

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to your Dad

    I hope that you had a wonderful day with your family and friends.

    hugs Jayne

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  32. happy belated birthday to your dad, Krissy!!

    he sounds like a wonderful man!!

    (he shares a birthday with my mom; but my mom was born in 1921)

    (praying for you and John; read your latest entry of what is going on with John's health; I'm all settled in with my move so I'm back with journal alerts :)

    betty

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