Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my dad's 60th birthday. He doesn't look a day over 59. He has battled skin cancer and diabetes. Add that to my mom's arthritis and hip replacement, and I realize I have a lot to look forward to!

My family has all referred to my dad as Morris since I was in high school. It came from Ferris Bueller's Day off when Cameron kills his dad's Ferrari and he says, "When Morris comes home, we'll have a little chat." I felt like Cameron so many times waiting for "Morris" to get home so he could find out about something I had done (usually to one of the cars.)

My dad is hilarious and smart and very generous. He gives great advice and he loves to talk about himself. I can't hear the song "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox and not think of my dad. He used to sit on the couch and play it over and over on his walkman.

One of my most vivid memories of my youth was going to watch my dad's trials. He was a prosecutor and I've never seen anyone before or since who could captivate a jury the way he could. He truly has a gift and he made me want to go to law school and become a prosecutor too.

Dad, thanks for all you have done for me over the years. Have a great day!


sarahw said...

Morris is THE perfect name for your dad. Great tribute Brooke! I married into a great family and I couldn't have asked for a better father-in-law.

Linda said...

Good job, Brookie!! You also know your dad pretty well.
Feliz Cumpleanos, Pablo!
you forgot this one, "en esta casa hablamos Espanol todos los dias!"
(he thinks he can speak Spanish)

Ashley said...

Dad and his yellow walkman . . . classic! This was nice. You and Dad should open a law firm or something.

brooke said...

Whatever Ashley--who would do all the work--we're both show ponies (and so are you!)

Liz said...

Happy Birthday, Paul! He cracks me up. I sometimes wonder how Linda puts up with it. They are so cute!

Pandy said...

I have been reminded many times that Paul is bilingual - by Paul, of course - so I'm happy that Linda has the lingo, too. Do you really speak Spanish in your house all the time?????

Brooke - a quick note - Kelly, Bailey and I are going to be in SLC Tuesday through Friday. Is it possible to get together at some casual place for lunch so the kids can play? Our schedule's pretty open, so just let us know.

sheryl said...

Great photo! I remember your dad telling me he didn't like kids till they were 25. Look at him now!
Again, Happy Birthday Paul!...belated

Bonnie said...

Sound like you have a special Dad! I love my Dad too. What a wonderful tribute. I hope he reads your blog.

Happy Birthday "Dad"!

Amy said...

Your Dad is classic. So many memories, so little time. How could I never know his name was "Morris". I feel a little cheated! Happy B-day

Ashley said...

Dino is such a tiny little doll in that pic. I keep coming back to look at him.