April 19 2011 Happy Birthday Dad
My Dad was born 100 years ago today so this image is a tribute to him. It is a letter he wrote to my Mom in 1944 shortly before spending his fourth Christmas away from her. In it he describes a Christmas party that his army unit held for "about 100 little French kids". My Dad was paired up for the afternoon with an 8 year old boy. They had presents, a meal, singing and a visit from Santa. My Dad gave the little boy an American penny, and English penny and an Egyptian coin. He ended the description of the event saying "I fully enjoyed the whole party. Maybe some future Christmas I'll be helping a son of ours to enjoy the big day."
Nineteen months later I became that boy and my Dad helped me enjoy 38 Christmases before we lost him. Thanks Dad. And one more thing - I got to ride a camel in front of the pyramids last year and you were right, it was amazing.
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