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Thursday, July 06, 2006

VIAMARIE this Thursday would like to be thankful
to a dearly beloved father whose birthday was yesterday.
He would have been 96 years old.


So Daddy let me once again ...

…thank you for creating me with love
…thank you for keeping your cool through my terrible twos, and my thoroughly exhausting threes, and my fearsome fours, and…
…thank you for spending one summer constructing a two room playhouse for me and my siblings
…thank you for always laughing at my jokes, no matter how bad they were
…thank you for appreciating my taste in “noise” and for introducing me to your generation's "music"
…thank you for sending me to an expensive and very good school thousands of miles away from home and also for scrimping on the household budget for many, many years to pay for my college tuition
…thank you for taking me thousands of miles just to see the Circus and
Holiday on Ice
…thank you for urging me to be a leader and not a follower
…thank you for pretending you liked the ties and cuff links I got you as gifts
…thank you for having the people at the office save their letters from foreign lands so that I could add the stamps to my collection
…thank you for letting my activities take precedence over your other plans
…thank you for encouraging me to read about the world news in the daily paper and other books
…thank you for preparing our breakfast every morning
…thank you for defining altruism, integrity, perseverance, and loyalty by your example
…thank you for living by the Ten Commandments
…thank you for our “family values”
…thank you for passing on to me our family’s greatest and most valuable asset-our reputation
…thank you for a great childhood
…thank you for being mine

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