Happy Birthday, Daddy Only!

18 Dec

Dad and Son (1968)- A Sr. and A Jr.

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it … Dad

(author unknown) 

~o~

 

When Alex was a year old, we taught him to call his grandparents Daddy and Mommy. (A and I were Papa and Mama.) He tweaked this a bit by adding Lolo (grandfather) and Lola (grandmother) to their names, thus coming up with Daddy Lolo for my dad and Mommy Lola for my mom. A’s mom was also Mommy Lola, although as he grew up, he decided to call her Mommy Flower (her real name was Flora) or Granny Flower. A’s dad was also Daddy Lolo, but this evolved into Daddy Only, from a telephone conversation they had when Alex was three.  

 

Three-year-old Alex: I love you, Daddy Lolo.

Daddy: Alex, just call me Daddy. Don’t add Lolo at the end anymore, okay? Daddy only.

Three-year-old Alex: Okay, Daddy Only. I love you.

 

The name stuck.

Daddy is, and will always be, my kids’ Daddy Only.

Today, on his birthday, we send him our love from across the miles. In the cold temperatures of New York, we send Dad our warmest hugs and slurpiest kisses to keep him snug another Christmas season away from us.

Happy Birthday, Dad! We miss you and we love you very, very much!

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