Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Big Don's Big Day!

While many kids have fathers that golf, smoke cigars, and wear ties... I do not. I have a Big Don. To say that he's far from conventional is an understatement. But he's the reason that my childhood was so colorful. So full of laughter. So much fun. He's the only Dad I know that drove a baby blue minivan, tinted, complete with a sound system; amp, sub woofers, the whole works. And he'd come cruising down the street with country music blaring and bass pumping. He'd tell dirty jokes in the most inappropriate of times. He's had a mohawk. He started food fights. He once let us dye his hair purple with grape Kool-Aid. He drove a Harley Davidson. And then a crotch rocket. I've witnessed him sing 'I'm too Sexy' in rabbit-skin briefs and a feather headband. He has a tattoo. He had a tongue ring. He laughs at himself. He enjoys life, and doesn't care what anyone else thinks about it along the way. I think this picture pretty much sums it up... This was his choice of attire for his daughter's (my) birthday party. At McDonald's. Now that's classic.
He's everything that other Dads were not. And I adore him for that. I wouldn't change a thing. Because beyond the abundance of humor, he is the most kind, hardworking, selfless person that I know. Today, my Dad turns 50 years old. Despite reaching this milestone, I think we all know he will never truly 'grow up'. I love that. I can only hope that we've provided him with as many wildly entertaining moments as he's given us...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!

3 comments:

Sarita & Pepe said...

Gee, thanks for the waterworks! Your dad sounds like a very cool and special guy. :)

Krista said...

Happy Birthday BIG DON (my second dad growing up!) Remember the time you tought us how to say PMS?!?!? Just to make my mom mad! And how your favorite thing to do was stick my feet in the ceiling fans to stop the blades! You'll never change and we love you for that!

Fanny said...

Happy birthday DON!!! He is so COOL your dad, sounds like a great guy!!!