I have always thought of my dad as this young, hip, cool dude. In my head, he was never going to get old. He would always be, the dad that all my friends thought was cute (eeh). The dad that kicks my trash in all sports of any kind (annoying). The dad that loves all the same music and movies as I do. The dad that dresses cooler than my friends/boyfriends. The dad that eats every fattening thing in sight and never gains a pound. The dad that will only drive/ride something that should have been in "Fast and the Furious". And so on, and so on...
Well the fact of the matter is.... He has turned 50. He is over the hill. He has hit that mark where people start referring to you as "old" behind your back. You know it's true.
And as scary as that may be.... the funny truth of it all is that absolutely nothing has changed at all. Everything I listed before is still true. The man doesn't look a day over 35! And he still acts like he's 25! ;)
I think the lesson learned here is, don't let a stupid number, or the fear of getting older drag you down. Be the age you want to be. Keep a young mind, and the rest should follow. (Should we see how many more cheesy quotes I can bust out... let’s not)
One of the biggest goals in my life is to stay as youthful as my dad, no matter what happens, or where I go.
Derek and I always take my dad out on a surprise birthday trip when we come out for the holidays. This time we went to the brand new Old Spaghetti Factory in Palm Springs. It was a first for all of us. The Old Spaghetti Factory is a tradition of mine and my dad’s. So we were thrilled to here there was a new one super close to our house.
After dinner we took him ice skating. He hadn't been in a lot of years. But, of course, he picked it right back up. With a little bit of my help... wink wink.
|Yea, I dance while I skate.... no big deal.|
We all had dinner together, and ate cake and ice cream. It was a really fun, mellow night, considering the fact that we literally got snowed in.
The truth is, that I had originally planned a surprise party for him, and invited quite a bit of people. Didn't work out, since no one could drive up the hill to my mom's house. We made the best of it though.
|We made two cakes, and did 25 on each. That was the best way we could think of to get 50 candles. I dont like to chat with candles ;) He blew them all out too! So proud!|
My favorite artist all through high school, and one of my dad's favorite songs... Don't make fun, I have grown a lot in the world of music, but I still stand by my Johnny boy ;)