Today is a great day! It’s my dad’s birthday, so take a moment and help me wish my dad a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! Let me start off by saying happy birthday dad and I love you so much and I hope you get your steak you have been talking about !!!
I decided to kind of interview my dad for his birthday blog because I mean, why not ? There is plenty I don’t know about both my parents and the only way I will learn is by communicating /asking questions. So asking questions is exactly what I did. Which happens to be one thing I like to do! Also it’s interesting listening to people’s responses to random made up questions!
My dad was born in Atlanta, GA but lived in places like Scottdale, GA and California. The two words my dad used to describe his upbringing were alright and hard. My dad has 6 brothers and 1 sister! BIG family huh? I have a lot of uncles and they are all so different from one another ! My dad & mother were married July of 1990.
My dad has 7* known biological kids in total ! Yes I have lots of siblings, and I wouldn’t have it any other way ! Each of my siblings have their own specific personalities ! My sibling relationship is different with each of them. But overall I attempt to remain close to all of them and my dad does too in his own way. I have realized, different people have different ways they prefer to connect with one another, whether it’s calling one another three times a week, Skyping once a month, etc. All of us are different and connect with my dad differently !
My dad told me that his most fond memory is of him playing sports.If my info. is correct, my dad played little league football and football in high school. My dad has always seemed to be pretty athletic. He rides his bike, he runs, and most importantly he lifts ! I hope he can show me some workouts, I want to build some muscle up! As a child, I even remember my dad coaching little league football.
I was aware my dad had traveled, but I didn’t know where. So what do you do when you don’t know the answer to something? ……. Of course, you ask the question. My dad has traveled to Detroit, Ohio, California,Texas, Mexico, and Florida! Not sure if that’s all but those were some of the ones he named.
My dad’s favorite color is blue & he likes coffee!
I was interested in really seeing what my dad sees, based off the time he grew up in, so my next question was what were some of the differences between people who grew up when he was a kid and people growing up now? Guess what he said ?
He stated that people who grew up in his time had more respect for the elderly community.
This statement made me think about how times change, people change and priorities change. Now a days it seems like everyone thinks of themselves and that’s it. We are selfish. We could use more love in today’s society. So let’s MAKE SURE WE are doing OUR part and being loving , kind, and patient with others !
One of the last questions I asked my dad was if he could give a piece of advice to young people what would it be and why?
My dad’s reply was not really surprising to me, but I am glad he said it. He said ” first, get a relationship with God and second, get you a good education.” He continued and said”the reason he said these two things is because if you know God you will be alright, and you need an* education to survive in this world.”
My Dad :
I think the biggest thing I have learned about my dad over the years is that he has a good sense of humor and like my mom says “He never meets a stranger.” Believe me when I tell you anytime we go into a store, a restaurant, etc 99.9% my dad, will start a conversation with a stranger. Not only that, but he seems to make just about anyone he meets smile or laugh. This is one of my favorite things about my dad, I aim to be like that. There is nothing like connecting with others, you never know what people are going through and how you can brighten their day with your actions.
I’ve also learned my dad loves to ask questions ! (ex. every time I talk to my dad, he asks me have I been exercising or when my upcoming book is going to be finished?) His questions pretty much hold me accountable, which I have learned to appreciate.
I think my dad is good at giving pep talks, I’m not even sure he realizes that’s what he is doing though. When I was working on my first book (Words Are Art: See The World Through My Eyes) one of the main things that really pushed me when I got into my depressive/mixed up funk was my dad asking me the question when will it be finished? At the time I was at a standstill with putting the book together and I was avoiding it, so it was really annoying to hear him ask me that EVERY TIME I talked to him during that time. But that question is what helped me to keep going, to know my dad was waiting for me to finish , to know he believed I could finish was an awesome thing!
Last but not least one of the biggest things I learned from my dad is that ironing jeans is a good idea! But my question is ,why iron when we have a dryer dad ? I know the dryer doesn’t put the crease in the jeans, right ? haha
Just about if not everytime I talk to my dad on the phone, Skype, or in person I smile or laugh at some corny joke he makes. He is one of the most lively, goofy people you will ever meet (that is if you ever meet him). I am so blessed and thankful I get to call this awesome man my dad !
I love you so much dad, thanks for letting me interview you and get to know you better over the years. Keep telling your corny jokes, keep making people laugh, keep an open heart and an open mind, keep giving me all the pep talks, and asking me 500 questions especially the famous question (when will the book be finished?) every time we talk, hahah ! Dad you are really a one of a kind!
Happy birthday dad ! I hope you have a great day and I look forward to seeing you again soon !
Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.