A party without cake is just a meeting. ~Julia Child
Happy Birthday Dad! January 16, 1951
Dad is still kicking it into another year, slowly but surely. Sure his bones creek, his muscles sore, and his hearing is sporadic, yet I’m glad the old man is hanging in there and is a big part of Kyle’s life. He may not be as fast, or as intense as he once was, but he still continues his passion for all things he loves. Like what?
Dad LOVES hunting. I can’t even stress that enough. I mean everything about hunting. He enjoys loading shells, and more importantly having Kyle and me load with him. He enjoys shooting in the guns at the range, again having the family tag along. He enjoys scouting out hunting areas in the spring and fall, and watching hunting shows ALL year long, day and night! He can still make his way through the woods if there’s a chance of loosing a deer, and he can still climb into a tree stand (ladder stand), not gracefully, but he manages without incidence. Yet, the most unbelievable, Dad can still shoot with amazing accuracy, up to about three hundred yards, outside. Pretty impressive! Yes, I would say that Dad is an experienced hunter, hunting since he was nine or so.
Then, there’s his love of fishing, which happens to be more of Kyle’s passion. Dad lives for taking his rickety old fishing boat out on Loyalhanna Lake in the summer, especially when Kyle and I, and sometimes mom join the voyage. He continues to make traps for catching snapping turtles. A little known fact for some, but Dad can’t swim, and is very uncomfortable in a shaky boat (ask Kyle). Dad does however, like being on the water, and reeling in the big ones.
Anyone who really knows Dad, knows his love of wood. Yes, remember Ingrained In Wood? He loves walking among the trees, chopping down trees, and splitting firewood. Being Dad’s right hand gal with all outdoor activities, I can attest to that hard work, yet, one Dad enjoys. He just moves a little slower, and somehow faster than Kyle. Seriously! Unintentionally, dad is always checking out timber, making note of trees that should come down and ones that are worth money, or areas that were cut down in the past. I’ve even caught Dad, several times I might add, ogling other people’s firewood stock pile. Yep, Dad was born a woodsman, and one he will forever be.
Lastly, I can’t leave out Dad’s favorite love of all time, Kyle and the dogs. Believe it or not, I bet they run equal nowadays. Sounds silly, and in truth, Kyle always ranks supreme, but Seven and Scooby, and now Avery have won over Dad’s heart many times over. Dad would be lost without our dogs, (maybe not Storm, my cat). Even though Dad lost one of his loves, Ryan, at least in physical form, Ryan remains in Dad’s heart, as he does all of ours.
Later today, Kyle and I plan on making Dad a pound cake, one of his favorites. Perhaps we’ll cook down some strawberries for a little sweet sauce and call it a birthday cake.
Happy 64th Birthday Pap!