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Friday, May 04, 2007


To Dad

My parents do not own a computer! It follows suit, they also do not have internet access. However, my parents are two of my biggest "fans". Every month I print out my columns and a few articles and give them the packet to peruse

It was with great upset that my dear Dad mentioned to my sister, "I guess I don't exist, she hasn't written about me at all"

My sister told him "she hasn't mentioned me either Dad, Carine just writes about whatever strikes her fancy at the moment, at least from what I can tell." (By the way, my sister has the internet, but hadn't read anything of mine either until my mom handed it too her)

Then my sister told me about the comment.

So Dad, since your 78th birthday is approaching quickly-this week is all for you. Mom will have to wait to read what will probably be the Mother's Day column next go round.

Dearest Dad,
How could you ever "not exist"? You are one of two main elements of how I have become me. I think things through, long and hard, before I make a decision. Once the decision is made, I stick by it and make the best of the situation. Because of you, I know the value of a dollar and how hard it is to earn it. I'm a saver. I watched you write lists on what you needed to do at work, so I am a voracious "lister"-that's why I'm so organized.

You put everyone else first, yet you know how and when to say NO. Okay, I'm still trying to do that, in that order-gee I love that word NO though, so it's a virtue of yours I am nowhere near a master of.

My complete love and loyalty toward my family was learned from the lessons you taught. Because of the husband and father you are and have always been-I knew exactly what kind of man to look for: honest, loyal, gentle, carrying and with a slightly odd sense of humor. When I found him, I married him. You were quite the role model. Notice how our marriage is still strong and romantic after over 26 years?

Not here? Not matter? Not exist? On the contrary my wonderful father-without you there would have never been a me.

Love, Carine

Your dad sounds a lot like my dad (they're even the same age). He's my biggest blog fan and one of the main reasons I'm still blogging after two years.

Best wishes to you own father on his upcoming birthday. Maybe someone will get him a computer for his birthday.
actually Dave, we've all tried to get them to "log on", but they're both actually proud of not letting technology dictate to them!
Carine, that was beautiful!!!
Happy Birthday to your dad, this post will make the perfect gift to him!!!
thank you summer.

That was a very sweet post! Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful influence on you--you're very lucky to have him!
Wonderful, Carine. It made me cry. I never reallyknew my dad, we met when I was in my 20's. Your relationship with your father sounds special. I can't wait to read about your mother, will I need kleenexes? :-)
Lisa, yes he is a big influence even on our kids. He's so shy, he doesn't even realize it.
thank you Ruthie-as for the Mother's Day column-not sure if it will turn out that you need the kleenex from being touched or from laughing so hard! Especially since this is my daughter's first one!
How very lucky you are to still have your dad! Doesn't dad know that to you,,,he'll always be the 1st man in your life? That every little girl wants to marry a man just like daddy? and you did!
Please tell dad a 'Very Happy Birthday' from your blogging buddies!..and many more birthdays!
Yes Matty, I am blessed to have both parents. Believe me, when he finds out all these good wishes, he'll be amazed.

What a joy to have the kind of parents you would want to celebrate!

Peace & Blessings
too bad the joy to celebrate one's parents isn't a typical thing!
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