Archive for June 2nd, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad

Monday, June 2nd, 2008


Had my Father lived, he would have been 89 today. He died about 2 years ago and I had the privilege of living with him here for his last 4-years. He lived in what was pretty much a “studio” apartment – a large room & bathroom- off our main apartment. The door was almost always closed because we are both virtual recluses and friends were always shocked when they learned one of our main means of communication was the telephone.

Dad was the kindest and gentlest person anyone had met. He would shyly smile and tip his baseball cap to every one of the old women who lived in the building as he slowly trudged to the diner next door in the Strong Museum. They opened the door for him every day at 10:30 even though they really didn’t open until 11:00. They would bring him coffee and his “allowed” lunch of soup and a salad which I insisted they serve him because of his diabetes – even though he ordered french fries day after day. Of course he never complained about that – and the eyes of Moshe the manager filled with tears when I had to tell her he wouldn’t be coming back. The portrait above hangs in the diner’s kitchen to this day.

My Dad was the best man I ever met.