Sunday, August 06, 2006

A Note on Papa-In-Law

I have taken my pot shots. I have laughed until I nearly fell off a chair. Heck, if you all had a father-in-law like mine, you'd be in the same boat. Simply said, I have the coolest father-in-law anyone could ever ask for.

The whole family and I traveled northward on I-15 this week to spend Saturday at a little park celebrating my father-in-law's 70th birthday. Never mind that his birthday was June 12 or that no one in his entire family lives in the town where we had the party. Truth be told, he waited to have his birthday party until The Teenager got back from her father's house in Houston. He couldn't bear to celebrate without her. As for the location of the party, he wanted it to be central and somewhere familiar. We picked our old neighborhood. It seemed like a good fit.

Everyone had a great time and he seemed very pleased. He got a nice book from one of his niece's entitled, "The Fifty Golf Courses You Have To Play Before You Die". I told him it had better be a quick read.

See, that's just it. I can say that to him and he zings stuff right back at me. When I asked his permission to marry his daughter five years ago, he just laughed and, with a sarcastic glance at his daughter, he said, "Good luck. You'll need it."

I like that about him. He's real. His health has been in question of late (he was diagnosed with a mild form of Alzheimer's over the summer) and I wonder how sharp he will continue to be, but I know that regardless of his health, his heart will always be in exactly the right place. I love ya, Roberto.


Anonymous brianna said...

Sounds like you lucked out in the in law department! I'm jealous! Glad that you were able to have such a nice celebration! Happy Belated birthday to your dad in law!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

Perhaps you should blog about him more. Isn't he the one that shot himself, um, you know, *there*?

7:52 PM  
Blogger The Brother In Law said...

When I was a kid I sneaked into my dad's room and took a baseball that he had caught at the Salt Lake City Angels game. He was pretty excited to get that ball and told me never to use it. My buddy and I ruined, but he never said a word to me. For his birthday I gave him a ball that I had caught at Dodger stadium to make up for the one I ruined. He was excited to say the least, and asked, "How can you just give me this ball?" I told him that I'll be getting it back in a few years. He just shook his head laughed. He was also a pretty good sport about getting shot "down there." Lots of good jokes about that one. I'll second what the King said about him. Oh yeah, thanks, King for letting us freeload for a couple of days.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

He sounds like a great father in law. I like that he waited for the teenager to get back from her dad's before celebrating. He is a very thoughtful man. I wish him a Happy Birthday and I wish him luck with his health.

1:59 AM  
Blogger h&b said...

"I told him it had better be a quick read" .. hahahahahaha !!

Poor guy ;)

I love mutual zinging. Laughter probably keeps him young.

7:31 PM  
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