Friday, January 25, 2013

Trouble with the Old Navy

 Last  weekend, we had the pleasure of gathering the family together with a few friends down at the local pool hall for a little Trouble. Trouble, that starts with T which rhymes with P and that stands for Pool!

It was Dad's 89th birthday. And since the young man like to shoot a little pool, it was decided we head into town Sunday afternoon and play a few games of snooker. Since it's cold outside, Dad doesn't get out much other than for the occasional doctor visit. So, I made reservations for fifteen or so and sent out the invitations. Everyone was excited to be a part of such a celebration. Even the great-grand kids wouldn't have missed it for anything.

Everyone wanted a chance to play against the pool shark.  He took great pride in defeating us all one by one.

It was great to see him smiling so much showing off all of his teeth.

Sometimes as we get older and our friends and loved ones depart from this word, it's difficult to remember why we need to go on. It's good to get out every now and then and remind yourself that there is still plenty of life left to live and plenty of people that love you. We may not understand why Mom had to die or why Dad is left to go on without her. But he's still here and there must be a reason for it. So we're going to enjoy every moment that we can with the man that gave us and continues to give us life.

Here's my Daddy showing off the new sweatshirt he got for his birthday from his caregiver. She wears an Old Navy shirt often and he always jokes that "That's him..... Old Navy" You see when he was eighteen, he was young and joined the US Navy during World War 2. Now, he's ..... Old Navy.

Still lots of life in that old Navy boy.


MorningAJ said...

My Dad was a Navy man. He joined up to avoid being sent down the mines for his war service, then after the war ended up working for the Naval Ministry as a civilian until he retired!

Your Dad's a grand looking old guy. I'm glad he enjoyed his night out.

Jim said...

This was a fun post Stew!
Yes, it does get lonely I bet for our parents when all their contemporaries are dead. Can't imagine how that must feel.
The good thing is that your Dad has his family near. I know that makes a huge difference to seniors.
My Dad informed me today that he is going bowling (he was a champion bowler in he day) next week with other vets. This was so good to hear!
have a great weekend Stew.

That corgi :) said...

Happy belated birthday to your dad, Stew. What a neat gathering! I like his Old Navy sweatshirt; my husband's dad also was in the Navy, joined it when he was 18 before WW2, would have been 90 this September. A classic group of people they were I do believe.

Its hard to define with the circle of life who is going to be left behind to carry on. It is good that your dad has a great support system to help him to do so.


sophie...^5 said...

Pool out for him....he'll win every time!

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Stew's dad..xoxo's