Happy Birthday Dad

Meet my Dad. Today is his birthday. We celebrated with dinner at Legal Seafood Restaurant.
Dad had the broiled scallops. He's health conscious and it shows. Isn't he handsome? Some say he resembles Paul Newman. Others remark at how well pressed he is. And if you could see his shoes you would see your reflection in them. In fact, he has on more than one occasion said to me, "take those shoes off I'll polish them for you."

Back to dinner, my sister had the baked schrod and I had the fried clams. I need to be more health conscious. We all shared some chocolate mousse for dessert.

This is Dad 3 years ago at his big birthday with a zero bash. He feigned surprise for the crowd.
We had to tell him about the party because he is a very active man. He is an avid reader, plays free cell on the computer, and most importantly there is golf. He is obsessed with golf. He plays golf almost year round and he still can shoot his age. When anyone has a question on the rules of golf they call him. In fact, he usually has the answer before the TV commentators when there is a rules question during a tournament. He also rates golf courses for the Massachusetts Golf Association and he is an official at tournaments.

Dad is also into genealogy and loves learning about his Irish roots. In fact, the two of us traveled to Ireland for his seventieth birthday. We had the best time exploring the birthplace of our ancestors.

Dad is a WWII veteran and he enjoys going to his naval reunions. He's the one who takes the photos and emails everyone afterwards.

This is a photo from his WWII days. My sister made a video for him for his big birthday party.

My mom now resides in a nursing home. She had a stroke nearly five years ago. She's doing well and he visits her every day. They've been married more than 50 years and they met in junior high school!

The most well mannered, perfectly dressed, devoted man I know. They don't make them like they used to, do they?

So Dad, here's your first blog birthday card.

Love you, Lane


Salmagundi said…
How wonderful and special he is! You are very fortunate to have him as your Dad. Happy Birthday to him. Sally
Sweet Sage said…
No, they don't make them like they used to! What a HANDSOME man!
And I love the 'Lane' in Elaine!!
Anonymous said…
Reminds me of my dearly departed dad.... he was always pressed and shoes shined... not sure they make them like that anymore. *sigh. Thanks for sharing... your dad is very handsome indeed!

The Blue Ridge Gal
Anonymous said…
He does look like Paul Newman! So glad you had a nice birthday celebration.
Elaine, how touching. It's obvious your father is a man of honor and distinction. You obviously love him dearly. I hope it was a nice Birthday celebration, one to remember ; )
kayellen said…
Hi Elaine!
Your Dad is so handsome. Looks nice in his styling suit!!!

What a wonderful party you had for him;0)

Thanks for sharing with us,

Donna said…
Happy Birthday to your very special, very handsome Dad!!! It's almost warm enough today for him to be playing some golf (if the courses weren't covered in snow!!)... And you're right - they don't make them like they used to, and what a shame... P.S. LOVE Legal Seafoods!!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage
Yarni Gras! said…
what a wonderful dad you must have...and so handsome too! sounds like a great evening.
Jan's camera said…
This is so wonderful and he was so handsome. Congrats on your blog. I love the title photo and the snow. Wow, that's great.
Michelle said…
Wonderful tribute to your dad....he is certainly a well dressed handsome man. :) All that food sounds so delicious!! I haven't had scallops in forever!
Bebe said…
Hi Elaine!
It is so nice to meet you! Thanks for coming by to visit with me last week! :) What a sweet birthday tribute to your day ~ he does look a lot like Paul Newman (and how neat is that? :). Hope he had a great time on his special day!

I've been enjoying your blog and now I'm a follower!

Hugs, Bebe :)
Fete et Fleur said…
What a wonderful person your Father is! Happy Birthday to him!!

Elaine said…
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments about my Dad.
I told him he should read the comments section for this post because people were very complimentary. He said he might
get a "big head". He is usually an avid reader of my blog.
Your Dad is a very handsome man! My father's roots were Irish also and I've traveled back to Ireland quite a few times ...unfortunately our name is a common one there and it's impossible to trace back so many generations, but I always feel at home when I visit the Emerald Isle!

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