Birthday Presence

I wish I knew what you were grateful to your parents for, but I don’t.  Here are a few of mine.  Happy 86th, Dad.  I love you very much.  Thank you for the wonderful presence:

Standing sideways in the waves at the Fullerton Beach
Miyako Shoko Doo
Always having a pocket knife
Chauffeuring
Spaghetti sauce
Chicago
Trying to understand
The Winking Buddha
Shoe polish and shaving cream
Skipping
Kipling and Thurber
Ballet lessons
Finally saying I was an artist
Buying shirts at the Salvation Army 3 for $1
Teaching me to open the door for strangers
The twenty bucks

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