It’s my Abba’s birthday today. He’s in the Philippines and miss him terribly. I miss our chats and the jokes that we share (our weekly Skype sessions help though!). And everytime I think back to my childhood, I think, my goodness, I have the coolest dad! Not only is he Jewish, he’s a geneticist too! This was the man who helped me make a science project about electical circuits without going to the hardware store. We made everything from recycled materials! This happened even before recycling was the fashionable thing to do! And, while I always laugh at him when he does his version of the Bill Cosby father dance, I think it’s very cute!
As I grow older I appreciate more and more everything that he has done for us, given up for us and taught us so that we could be the best that we can be. I did follow most of the advice almost blindly at the time but only now do I understand why he would tell me to do certain things a certain way. He’s been through a lot of things and he has always wanted his children to not make the same mistakes he’s made, that’s why he insists that we do things his way. When I think about the times when I thought I was being smart and independent by doing things MY way, I just shake my head. I should’ve listened and did things my way. I would’ve saved myself a lot of heartache!
Thank you for everything Abba. Without you, quite literally, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Happy birthday! I love you!