Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kappa!

Happy Birthday
to my wonderful dad!
He's turning 84 today.
I'm very blessed to have this
hilarious,
kind-hearted,
principled,
outgoing,
enthusiastic,
theatrical,
strong-willed,
entreprenurial,
active,
entertaining,
inquisitive,
loving man
for my father, and the grandfather of my children.
He plays tennis, golf, rows a boat, rides a bike, reads to school children, takes painting classes, helps his friends, grows vegetables and flowers in his garden, reads and writes letters to the editor of the newspaper.
Kappa was born into a prosperous family, two years before the Great Crash, in which all of the family's savings were lost. His parents divorced, and he started to work part-time at the age of 12. He performed in local theater and repertory, graduated from high school, enrolled in the University of Washington, and then enlisted in the Navy to serve (and to avoid the draft - he said he didn't want to march) in WWII. Once the war was over, he finished college on the G.I. Bill. He went into radio broadcasting, and from there into advertising sales.

After my parents' marriage, at the request of his father-in-law, my father went to work for my mother's family's company. That didn't work out well, so after giving it his best for 14 years, he started a new company when he was 40 years old. He learned to fly an airplane, and overcame his fear of flying, built a cabin with his own hands (and my mother's help), put all three of us kids through college, sent us to summer camp, trained us all in his business, taught us a strong work ethic, and has helped to put his grandchildren through college. He is a true family man.
If you'd like to see more photos, check here, here & here.
I love you, Dad! Have a wonderful day!

12 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

Your father sounds like such a wonderful man. It's no wonder he has such a wonderful daughter!! And, wow, do you look just like him! That awesome picture of your dad with the 3 of you as kids really shows it.

Happy Birthday to your awesome father!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh my goodness...what a fantastic man your dad is!!!!! I loved reading this; he has so many wonderful qualities...and he is a cutie. (are all the men in your family cute?? YES!)
If all men had these qualities (work ethic, family priorities) can you imagine how much better our world would be????
I hope he has a fantastic birthday!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I love your dad, too -- he is the tree from whom you sprouted! Many blessings to Kappa on his birthday --

Laurie Brandriet Keller said...

happy birthday, kappa. such a sweet post. xoxo.

Mary Potts said...

What a fabulous role model your dad is for so many! What a gem in your life and the many lives he's touched. The apple certainly doesn't fall far, Karen.

Angela & Adam said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!! We miss seeing your smile up here...hope this special day is filled with love! And Karen....what a beautiful post. Love you!

Karen said...

A great man whose birthday and life deserve honor. You are blessed, Karen, and I know you are a great joy to him as well. Your son sure looks like him! HB Kappa!!

Kay said...

Your dad is an amazing man. Not many people can say they've accomplished even half of those things in life and yet he's done all those things and more. I always love seeing pics of your family. Like Suz says, beautiful people...every. one! :)

Lynda said...

I am so glad for you that you have your dad in your life and a loving relationship to boot. Thank you for sharing his story with us! Happy Birthday!

rebecca said...

lovely.
every glimpse into the heart of such a good man.
the apple does not fall far from the tree!

Jim said...

I can feel your pride from here! So very fortunate you are!

deb colarossi said...

okay..wow.
I'm honoured to "meet" such a fine man ,
happy belated birthday to your father.