Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Today is my father’s heavenly birthday. He is celebrating his 78th birthday. Oct 2. Come and Take it Day. He always said Gonzales had a party each year for his birthday with their Come and Take It Festival. Daddy always loved a party!!

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Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him or quote him. He had a million one-liners. Even yesterday at church I thought of him. We arrived just a few minutes before the service started. Daddy hated it when we did that. He used to tell me “just when we get here and I get to sit down, it’s time to get up again!” My family loves quoting him and repeating his silly lines.

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Daddy was born in Gonzales, Texas in 1939. He only got to go to school until the 7th grade, he had to drop out to work. But that didn’t mean my dad was dumb or illiterate. In fact it was the opposite. Despite his poor upbringing, Daddy loved to read. He and my mom read books all the time. It’s why I am such an avid reader to this day, I followed their example. I remember books like ‘The Silver Chalice’, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ among many others. They would read the books then pass them to me. Daddy especially loved history books. All this reading taught him so much. Daddy would sit and watch Jeopardy and could answer all the questions before the contestants. No telling what my daddy could have accomplished had he been born to a family who valued education.

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If you know me at all, you know that my dad was a comic. He kept us laughing all the time and still does to this day. We repeat his funny stories all the time. They still make me laugh until I can’t see straight. Ask me to tell you some of the stories. There are hundreds of them! I’m sharing these stories with my granddaughters now. They love the stories and always want to hear more.

Daddy wasn’t a perfect man, he certainly wasn’t a perfect husband