|My poppy, me + my dad dancing in the kitchen, circa 1984.|
Nearly thirty years ago, Vincent Falcone became a father for the first time. That day would change his life forever, not to mention give him a few grey hairs. He was (and still is) a fantastic father. He helped me pick apples from the tree when I was too small to do it on my own, exposed me to excellent music, bought me breakfast (bagels + a cappuccino) nearly every single morning when he drove me to high school, ironed my clothes (because I was too lazy to do it myself), and didn't let me get away with murder. I was taught to respect others, to be a hard worker, and to not do anything half-assed. Even though I was a pain in his ass, he and mom raised me well. I am truly blessed to be his daughter.
Since he's 1,200 miles away, I don't see him nearly as much as I'd like, but I get to talk to him on the phone a few times a week, even if its only for a minute. Sometimes I really wish he would text, but I should be lucky that a) he uses a cell phone, and b) that he can function on the internet, although when I tried to explain a coupon code to him, i'm pretty sure I confused the hell out of him, haha. I'm actually emailing him a few links to my blog, because he's never seen it before. I've mentioned it, but I don't think he knows what a blog is. I guess he will know now, right?
Here's a song for my dad. I remember my him singing the original version (sung by the Beatles, if you aren't familiar with it) when we were younger. I also remember my dad being a big fan of Steve Martin (watch the "King Tut" video - it'll make you laugh - old SNL skits are amazing), so he will definitely appreciate this!
Happy father's day to all of you dads out there - including pet dads, you deserve recognition too! I hope you all enjoyed the day, even if you didn't get to spend it with your dad. If he has passed, I hope you got to tell wonderful stories about him today - just because he isn't here doesn't mean you should stop celebrating him. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and have a great week!