Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy 75th Daddy!



The Original John Wayne with his hockey stick :)

Today is a milestone birthday for my father-in-law. He turned 75! We ushered in this momentous day by throwing him a surprise party over the weekend. Over two weeks of preparations and loads of excuses, all diverting his attention, we managed to pull this one off. Needless to say his expressions were priceless. Let me introduce you to the man I have come to call and love as Daddy.

Baptized as Joseph, he is the epitome of everything a man should be. Going acrostically, here is the list of things that make Joe as he is fondly called.

J stands for being Just. He believes in being equal at all times, whatever the situation might be. Hence on every birthday, either mine or my husband’s and our anniversary, our daughter gets a gift without fail.

O because he is so Organized. 11 years back, my husband casually mentioned to him he was contemplating marriage and within half an hour, the venue, the caterer, the photographer and the compere were booked. Poor husband could not manage to wriggle out of that one and is still suffering.

S is for the Simpleton that he is at heart. He actually bought the story that his son won an award for excellence and hence he was invited to see him receive the same. In reality, the most excellent thing his son has ever done is marry me! He also believed that we were working on the arrangements for the lunch on Sunday which was not happening. All in all, he really has a pure heart for devils like us, whose horns aren’t there just for the decoration.

E is to state how Economical he is– Believe it or not, he convinced Mom to marry him by throwing peanuts at her, practically every day whilst she went to college. Mom said yes, she thought at least she would get to eat the peanuts.  Imagine, raising an entire Clan of three sons and 5 grandchildren on the foundation of Peanuts. Sheer Genius!

P is for all the Positivity he brings about – Dad always emits positive vibration, especially when he goes to the fish market! The fisher folk up the price by 200 when they see him; he brings down the price by Rs 50. Both are happy, sheer win-win situation. 

H is for the Holistic approach he has towards life. He believes in the body, mind and soul being thoroughly nourished. For the soul, he goes to church regularly, for peace of mind he has periodic health checkups and for the body he has a regular supply of chocolate. In fact he let out his secret the other day, his young; wrinkle free skin is because of a daily dose chocolates and ice creams, as proven by some scientific research in Utah! So all those of you who think Botox might be the answer to all your gravitational issues, think Cadburys, Kit Kats, snickers and Mars to be precise.   

As a daughter, my dad was always the No 1 man in my life. I am truly blessed to have found a father in Daddy as well. If every daughter were to get in laws like mine, I think there would be no gender bias to begin with.

Daddy on your 75th birthday, I wish you all the peace and joy that you deserve. More than we can give, we have received from you. Someday, we hope to be the kind of parents that you have been to us. Like I always say, anyone can be a father…….it takes someone special to be a Daddy. Love you, always.




25 comments:

nivs said...

Loved loved this one ;-) one of ur finest writings .. Love the words and moreso the emotions embedded within ...

Blogwati Gee said...

Nivs what do I say except that he is completely worth it :)

Anonymous said...

Really nice.......nice use Of words and Vocabulary......I know Julian must have helped u with these nice and heavy English words and u r taking the Credit.

Blogwati Gee said...

Dear Anonymous.........it was him all the way...actually :D

Ugich Konitari said...

Happy Birthday , Blogwatiji's Daddyji ! Loved reading about you !

Anonymous said...

Lovely post Vini, beautifully written. Belated bday wishes to your daddy. Love Meena

akita said...

super duper !!!!!!!!!! where is the cake ......i want cake .....

mridulachitnis said...

Fantabulous one. And Utah is a real place....I googled just now and planning to start anew with diet, this time a happy one.

mridulachitnis said...

And what do I wish uncle, greatness and simplicity need people around who know its value so just touchwood.

Carina Fernandes Panchal said...

Happy Birthday Uncle Joe!
Vini you are a genius and you never cease to amaze me!

jaish_vats said...

Kudos to u for writing such a sweet post for ur dad-in-law . The fact that u have written this itself is proof enough for the man he is . :) God bless ur family . Btw u have triggered cravings for chocolate in me :)

C. Suresh said...

Going by your description of yr family (horns not for decoration and all!), it looks like cos he threw peanuts he begot monkeys :) :)

Could not resist that! Great write-up.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

An absolute masterpiece, Vinita. I read the whole thing out to my husband (he can read - but just that I got to read out and laugh again!).
I hope you got Dad to read this - would love to know how he reacted.

Raj Mudaliar said...

What a fabulous innings! Absolutely fascinating insights of the man that Mr. Joseph is!

My sincere salutations to you Sir for a life well lived. You remind me of the scripture verse which states that: "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper." - Psalm 1:3

Ranita Sinha said...

Such a lovely post..nothing can be more beautiful than this..Wish ur Daddy a belated Happy Birthday..

Blogwati Gee said...

Ugich Konitari, I loved writing about him :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Thanks a ton Meena :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Akita, Ramadan time......you can't have cake :P

Blogwati Gee said...

Mrids, I am glad this diet is gonna help....I know it will :D

Blogwati Gee said...

Carina, I've got wiiiiiiiiiings :P

Blogwati Gee said...

Jaish, yes I am blessed :) Chocolate....any time :D

Blogwati Gee said...

C. Suresh... monkeys have horns??? lol!

Blogwati Gee said...

Corinne, this was my toast to the man I so love :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Raj, thank you for your kind words and blessings.

Blogwati Gee said...

Thanks so much Ranita.....will do :)

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