Happy Birthday Dad!


We have this birthday tradition in my family that started a few years ago. We go into the birthday celebrant’s room before they wake up and start singing a version of “Happy Birthday” while doing a little dance. So funny.

Well, since I’m in Texas and my parents are still in California, that wasn’t a possibility this year. However, I did call my dad this morning and gave him the best version of this tradition I could. He was still half asleep.

I’m so proud of my dad. He was part of the collateral damage as part of the “Reduction in Force” that his company in Silicon Valley went through in October 2007. We all kind of freaked out. Okay, we totally freaked out. But my dad was able to use social media to reconnect with all of his contacts of 25+ years in Silicon Valley. It was like he started using LinkedIn with one contact and three weeks later he had 500+ contacts!

Well, he doesn’t work in Silicon Valley anymore, but for the Catholic Cemeteries right next door to my old high school. Yes, I went to school next to the cemetery. We were surrounded by the dead, haha. And he’s loving it. For all the years he worked in Silicon Valley, I don’t think he’s ever come home as happy and stress free as he has since starting work there. The job is totally different – and no he’s not the undertaker – but he does counsel families in mourning on services.

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you and you’re the best! And you can start taking advantage of some senior specials! :)

My dad was totally excited about giving his toast at our wedding. He asked me how much time he was allowed to have. You can’t see me in the picture, but I’m totally in tears! (the good kind)

We danced to Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called to Say I Love You. Because it was my favorite song as a kid growing up.

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  • Reply Mom 02.02.2010 at 7:04 pm

    Hippo birdie two ewes!!!! O

  • Reply Stephie 02.02.2010 at 9:29 pm

    In the words of our father, “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” *tear tear*

  • Reply Auntie Kathleen 02.03.2010 at 9:06 am

    Awwwww…he’s the best big brother anyone could ever have! Lovely entry. Happy Birthday Kuya Omy!

  • Reply Ritzi 02.06.2010 at 1:07 am

    This is so beautiful, Catie! You do have a pretty cool dad. I remember your cousin Rianne as a little girl only liked her dad (a.k.a. Toko)to push her stroller and your dad to help her tie her shoestrings. Pretty cool indeed. Hugs for you and for Cent! Love,
    Tita Ritzi

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