I have an awesome dad. His birthday is this Saturday, and we're having a gathering at our house to celebrate that afternoon. I'm sure we'll have lots of great pictures of all the wonderful family and friends who are planning to join us for our festivities. I can't wait.
My dad is an avid reader. He's a rough and tough kind of guy who happens to like to read. I guess being married to my mother for about 40 years sealed that deal for him years ago. My mother had her Masters in Education and I think dad decided he'd rather be reading than watching television because the act of reading warranted silence.
Ahhhh, the power of a book. Shhh!
The shirt my dad is wearing was purchased on-line, from Clive Cussler's private collection. Not only does Mr. Cussler write about treasure hunting in the ocean depths, he actually is a bonafid treasure hunter in real life. Cussler has searched for and found over 60 lost ships, some of great historic significance.
Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of over 35 books. Dad especially likes the Dirk Pitt novels, which is a series that appears to be very enjoyable.
Now onto more fun sights at the Yacht Club.
By Sea or by Land...I'd take any of these; I'm not picky.
These cars are beautiful. It's hard to believe that we've come so far from the initial automobile days. If I get to live to see old-age, I can't even imagine what kind of vehicles we'll be using at that future time.
My dad is a sweetheart. Here he is with his youngest grandson.
Since my mom died in 2006, he's been without a wife for quite a few years, but he's determined to officially stay single. He told me that he would not be one of those men who rushed to be married after the death of his wife, and he's stuck by his word. But, I think it's because he's confident in who he is and not afraid to spend some time alone. Actually, he values his peace and quiet. And, he longs to protect his assets.
|Doug, my dad, is suddenly getting a head-full of hair after my|
cousin, Bo Franks puts on the magic postion.
He values being able to do things his way. His late wife (my mother) had contracted Polio as a young child and even with her severe physical limitiations due to Polio ravaging her body on a permanent level, he loved being with her and he loved their companionship. Since she's been gone, it's been very difficult for him to be with other women because he feels as if too many are complaining while not really having anything worthwhile to complain about.
After spending most of his life with a wife who battled against major obstacles, he's been faced to realize that my mom rarely complained. So, it's like a mosquito buzzing in your ear canal for him to hear someone whining and complaining when they're actually in decent health and able-bodied. He's become intolerant to whiners. That about sums it up.
|In the picture: My mom, my sister and my dad.|
My mom, the retired Houton teacher went with dad to help
my sister set up her first classroom before her first teaching day
at high-school begins. Such a great time. We were ALL there!
After dating several women and a few more after that, and a couple in between...he's concluded that each one would eventually drive him crazy. And he realizes that my mom, his wife, was a complicated woman, with simple needs, she demanded much, yet was easy to please, she rarely complained, but she easily spoke her mind...I know he misses her more as time passes because he is continually confronted with the awful truth of how difficult it is to find a good partner.
|Here we are in his Owens Yacht - my daughters are comfy and cozy.|
I hope my dad continues to search for a house near my acreage. He's been looking for the perfect place. I don't think he can stand us being that far apart; he's got to move as well. He's a country-boy at heart, so it will be good for him to move out of refinery-land, which is all he's known his adult life. I'd love for him to be free of it as well. He already has a couple of houses, here in Houston and another in Austin. I hope he sells one or the other before he buys a third.
Wish I had that problem! I'm trying to juggle getting this house sold so that we can start building on our land. We've not yet reached the point he's been able to attain through years of back-breaking work and diligent savings.
Maybe there's hope for me yet. At least I am blessed to have a dad who is sweet to me. Even if he is a bit of a player...that's something that I must live with...knowing that mom is a woman who left an empty spot in his life that cannot easily be filled means that he must keep doing his best to meet lots of women and date too many at one time. Since I am over 40, I cannot keep up with the names and faces, so this could get tricky.
At least he's slowing down a bit. I think. I guess we'll celebrate his birthday this Saturday and then see what this next year has in store for dad. It will probably be books, cars and women.
I guess he's earned it.
He's a big boy.
I just hope he doesn't get burned!