First a Happy Birthday to my dad. He passed away in 1996 and I can't believe it's been that long. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I'm always saying, "Dad would have loved that movie." or "Dad would have loved that restaurant." We're kind of a foodie family as mom and dad both worked at Kellogg's of Battle Creek when we were kids. After we moved to California they opened quite a few steakhouses so eating out was always on the menu for us. He was always telling my mom, "Doris, see if there's a western on the television." He died just as vcr's were coming out. Oh, he would have loved to have unlimited John Wayne movies at his fingertips!
This picture was taken when we had our farm in Hastings, Michigan. I must have been around five years old at the time. If you saw me now you wouldn't think I had changed that much. I still look the same: still dorky, still love rabbits, still have the glasses, just lots more wrinkles. LOL!
My other birthday wish is for Elvis Presley. His birthday was the same as my dad - how cool is that!!?!! The first time I saw Elvis was when I was around seven and we went into town and saw his movie Love Me Tender. I was hooked from that moment on. As his life spiraled down in his later years it really made me sad to see such a talent wasted. Did I tell you Dad also played the guitar and also sang? Elvis came from a poor upbringing in Mississippi and Dad was from an impoverished area in Kentucky. They both made their way out, though. So you see, they had a lot in common. I can't think about one of these men without thinking about the other.
Happy Birthday Dad and Elvis. I bet you're making some great music together!