Today is my dad's birthday.
Last week, I sent him a birthday card and a couple of pictures of the husband and I. I made sure the card was in Spanish, so there wouldn't be any confusion as to what the message was. It was a silly Hallmark card and thanked him for his patience with me since the day I was born.
On Friday, I received a note from him, which is strange, since my father doesn't ever write.
In it, he wrote:
You say in your birthday card that you are grateful for the patience I had with you since the day you were born.
I just wanted to let you know that you and your sister were the greatest gift God ever gave your mother and I. The two of you were the biggest inspiration for your mother and I to work hard in our lives.
A million thanks.
We love you very much.
Dad and Mom
In my 31 years, I have never received anything like that from my father. It is among one of my most cherished possesions - just a simple card, handwritten by my dad, and sent to me on his birthday.
Happy birthday, Dad!