Saturday, October 25, 2008

The hats that tell a birthday story!

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My Dad is wearing his birthday hat today. Have you ever thought about all of the purposes hats serve. Some hats are there just for fun, some hats for protection and some are just symbolic and go with certain uniforms. My Dad has literally and metaphorically worn many different hats in his life. He has even worn a Benjamin Franklin hat (we'll get to that story later as it is kind of apropos with my Dad's life). As I sit and think about him today I marvel @ how diverse he is. He knows and can do anything. He is a very solid man who has been blessed with a keen mind. Something that many people are surprised by is that my Dad graduated with an art degree from BYU. Yes I guess you could say he is kind of "artsy fartsy". Most people (or shall we say some people who used to try and take me out on dates) were a little intimidated by his 6' 5" large frame but what they didn't know is that he is kind of a softy. If only those boys who I brought home knew this then Dad probably wouldn't have gotten the name "Mike Dogg". The name has since stuck even though the above Charger pants have been put to rest(thank goodness). Oh bless those pants, holes and all. Dad thanks for being secure enough with yourself to sport those babies around the house even if you thought the President might be knocking @ the door.
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Now back to all of the hats my Dad wears. The first hat I think of is the very sweaty ball cap from all of his hard work he rendered throughout the years. I don't think there is a day gone by that he hasn't said, "I'm sweatin like a pig." Two of the only nice ball caps that I can remember that he has worn were one that had a silver star on it and one that said Benjamin Franklin on it.(Benjamin Franklin use to be the name of a mortgage company) He wore that Benjamin Franklin hat to Universal Studios once and when a few of us siblings were lost we found somebody who worked there to help us find our parents. When the Universal Studio worker asked what my Dad looked like we said, "he's really tall and is wearing a Benjamin Franklin hat." The man first looked @ us strangely and then told us well in that case, then he shouldn't be too hard to find. It wasn't until later that I realized the man probably pictured a loony man who dressed up in hats that came from a different century.(not too far off)


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He then went through a Indiana Jones hat phase where whenever we went on any adventures the hat came too. If only he would have worn that hat when he tried to get my sister and I up for a hot air balloon ride @ the age of six. Something about that hat makes me feel adventuresome so I could have quite possibly went up in the balloon that day if the hat would have been there.




Even though he still wears all of the above mentioned hats, the hat that he is most recently wearing is what I call his "Bacca" hat. Bacca is what some of the grand kids refer to my Dad as. The Bacca hat is probably one of his best hats. The sweaty Dad ball cap has prepared him to transition nicely to wear the Bacca hat. He looks very distinguished and well seasoned when he wears that hat. I can't deny that he has been my Dad for a few decades now even though it was just yesterday I was @ the hardware store listening to Alan Parsons Project & Moody Blues while sipping an old fashioned sarsaparilla. What I can deny is that sometimes I am selfish and secretly wish that I could freeze my Dad back to the day when Thrifty ice cream was only a quarter and I could have him all to myself. I guess we are living the Plan and this is the natural progression but why do you have to get older Dad? On this day I will "let" you get older only because you do wear the Bacca hat very well and if you don't believe it then ask any one of your 10 grand kids. I'm pretty sure they think there has never been another man who wears the Bacca hat as well as you do. Love you Daddy! Now which hat did you wear when we suckered you into being the one to take us shopping. You know all of the sisters will agree that we would have taken you shopping over Mom any day. Thanks for being so fun. Happy Birthday!

9 comments:

Zach and Whitney said...

he is such a good father and bacca. We are lucky to have him in our lives.

Mike and Debbie said...

Very nice tribute to your Dad via the hat analogy. He is the best, isn't he. I am so grateful everyday for him. In my mind he is still the "young" man that I fell in love with...I never see the gray hair, so it's hard for me to think that he is getting a year older each year! But then again if I'm only 29 than he is really only 33!!

Liza said...

Oh Dad! I love Dad so much! Nice tribute Christina! Amen sista. P.S. Annie Albright still begs me for just a tiny swatch of the Charger pants fabric. Dad's totally a legend!

Karen said...

Hey Christina! I love the birthday tribute to your Dad! And I laughed so hard at jennie's disneyland story, I can't believe how random. Rachelle told me awhile ago that you had twins and triplets...when she had her quints! Crazy...How awesome though...you are supermom :) I totally miss you and your family...excited to keep in touch with you guys!

Shelly Lomu said...

Oh mike dogg-what a great guy. That was such a nice tribute to your dad. I think im a little sad that he put those pants to rest-they were RAD!!!

Mary said...

Well said, well said! Dad is a hoot, what can I say. I really liked your creative writing skills Christanya! You should be a writer. Stories of Dad made me laugh!

Shannon said...

Great tribute to your dad! I love the pants. Seriously funny! Oh and love the Costco picture of your kids... we do what we have to do!

Annie said...

Chrissy, your writting on that was stellar! Seriously, I'm copying that for my family history journal. You wrote that so well and carried me through it like a fish slidding through a cool river...how'd I do with the analogy? :)
Really, I LOVED it! You really are a great writer. I'm really for your Memoirs. :)

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dad! Your dad is wonderful!! I love the bacca hat best!!