Happy Valentine Birthday, Dad!
I always spend some portion of Valentine's Day speaking with or spending time with my Dad. That's because Valentine's Day is also his birthday. You would think he'd understand that I need to spend a little time with my new Valentine, my fiancé, Eric. But no, my Dad thinks Valentine's Day is HIS day. He called me up a week or so in advance and asked me to come over for dinner - after all he only has so many days left on the earth -- you know -- no pressure. I negotiated him down to a lunch.
It must be pretty cool to have a birthday on a special day or a holiday. He loves all the things associated with his birthday - even those nasty chalky candies with the writing on them. Since my mom works as an elementary school principal, she actually has Valentine's Day off this year. Well, it might technically be for Mr. Lincoln, but don't tell my Dad that. He thinks we're one step closer to declaring his birthday a national holiday - a step in the right direction. Thankfully, Eric is very understanding about the whole Valentine's Day is my Dad's day thing. You see, by some odd twist of fate, Eric's mother's birthday was also on Valentine's Day. Although she died before I met her, I know she is the reason why Eric also remembers my Dad's birthday. As we drove by Hallmark on Sunday, he asked "Have you gotten everything for your Dad yet?" Valentine birthdays are indeed a very special thing.
Most gift giving celebrations I give my Dad money. He doesn't need any money. But getting money from one of his kids is a thrill he can't resist. A return on investment for all that allowance he doled out. For his birthday the requirement is a birthday card and a Valentine's Day card, or if you really want to knock it out of the park, a Valentine Birthday card (yes, they do make them!). Usually, he opens the card, looks at the cash, turns to my mother and says "Tni gives the best gifts, you could learn something from her." This year, in addition to the lunch and the Valentine Birthday card, my dad says the ONLY thing he wants is for me to take the time to show him how to better use facebook and how to use twitter. He somehow thinks I'm a technology queen. Maybe he's been reading my blog. If so, I hope he reads this one.
Happy Valentine Birthday Daddy! I love you!
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