11 March 2008


In celebration of dad's 52nd birthday (yesterday), I thought I'd get a post up to remember a few of my favorite things about dad.

(Everyone but me at Lucille's)

Dad likes to eat out. Whether it's Taco Bell, Don Jose's, Lucille's, or Famous Dave's, dad loves good food and likes other people to serve it to him. I hate, however, that the family grew to love my favorite restaurant (Lucille's) while I was on my mission. It seems like every Monday I would get an e-mail telling me that they had all gone to Lucille's together. They owe me big time!

(Mom and dad at my cousin Jeremy's wedding last year)

Dad is a big supporter of his kids. Growing up, he always made it to everything, whether it was a baseball game or a choir concert. He not only wanted to be a part of his kids' lives, but he was a part them. Family was always important to him, and he showed it by travelling, sometimes on a monthly basis, to Utah to be a part of his nieces' and nephews' weddings, mission farewells, baby blessings, etc. Dad is a family guy.

(El Centro in Tegucigalpa, where dad risked his life to help a woman out)

Dad is giving and gives without questioning. One day while he, mom, and I were in Honduras, he took out his wallet in a bustling (with vendors and crooks) market and gave money to a poor beggar-woman. He risked theft, fraud, and his life to help that woman. I try to be giving like he is.

There is so much more I could write to honor dad on his birthday, but my homework is beckoning.

Thanks dad for your example and for all you do for me (and the rest of the family).

Happy Birthday Yesterday!


RobynandJoe said...

Not EVERYONE was in that picture at Lucille's....ahem. Dad gave money to some guy in London when he picked me up from my mission, too. Good guy. Loved the post!

Kimberly and Devon said...

OOoohh, Lucille's...thinking about it just makes my mouth water! I think we purposely went there without you so we could taunt you about it while you ate your beans and rice in Honduras (j/k). I don't think I ever heard the story about Dad risking his life to give money to the beggar woman, but Dad definitely enjoys making others happy...so, good for him.

Grandma Hand said...

Michael that was a beautiful tribute to your dad. I think all of you are better for the example that he is in so many ways. Thank you for being the kind of person you are because of your parent's example. Love you

Diane said...

Those are very nice thoughts.
I truly do have the best son and daughters in the world.
Love ya,

Michael said...

Robyn, I could only assume that you were taking the picture or that they were so crowded that you and Joe had to sit at another table.

Christie said...

These tributes to your dad are so great! And if he wants to risk life and limb to hand out money, my hand will always be open. I'd love to help him give. I'm good that way. Happy birthday, Bob!

Diane said...

I laughed when I read about our experience in Teguc. Dad really didn't think anything of it, did he?! Remember the lecture we gave him as we headed straight for the Catholic cathedral for safety? (Actually, I'm not sure if you headed us that way to save our lives, or if you just really wanted us to see the inside of it.)