- Teaching me how to balance my bank statement – and I still do every
- For our birthdays going to dinner, without the sisters, and dad usually
remembering what he had at every restaurant – he loved food.
- Tail-gating before Stanford football games.
- Watching the Alfred Hitchcock movie, “The Birds”.
- Coming home from work and reading the paper and not hearing anything
going on around him. We’d talk with him and he could tune all of us out.
- And the family favorite: trying to say our name but going through
everyone in the house, including the dog, before getting it correct. This
has been passed on to each of us.
But dad had a few traits about him that stand out above all.
Many of you might be surprised that dad would occasionally break out into a tap dance around the house. The time that stands out the most when dad danced was when we moved to Sunnyvale. Dad and I were in the back of the moving van, just hanging out, and two girls were poking around trying to get a peak of the new neighbors. Dad prodded me to go out and say Hi. Believe it or not, I am shy at times and didn’t want to. So dad made his move and tap danced down the ramp of the van. I could hear giggles. Being the cool 2nd grader that I was, I was mortified (maybe that was a bit of dad’s motivation??). We did become friends with those girls, so no harm done.
Dad loved baseball! Like I said, he would listen to games on the radio on the weekends when he worked in the garage. And I know I love listening to the Mariners on the radio because of him. He played on men’s softball leagues for many years. It was very hard for him to give that up because he was traveling so much and then physically couldn’t do it anymore. He coached many of my and Karen’s softball teams – it was great having a coach that knew the game and how to teach us. Sometimes after a game, dad in his jeans and me in my uniform and cleats, would find an open house or new construction in the area and check it out.
Many Sundays after church we’d make our sandwiches and sit in front of the TV and hang out and watch whatever game was on – either baseball or football. Here’s a hint I learned from dad – the best sandwiches always include pepperocini peppers.
We are all blessed for knowing dad! He was an honorable man. He was a hard worker and proud of his family. But I think the best gift he gave us is being a loving father. Because of his example, the ability to accept and understand that our God is a loving Father is so natural. That is such an easy concept because dad was a great example here on earth.
He will be greatly missed – no doubt! But it was a special Easter this year knowing that while we celebrated the risen Christ, Dad was WITH the risen Christ.
And it doesn’t get any better than that!
I love you Dad!