Thursday, March 31, 2011

Daddy-O!

Happy Birthday, Dad!


Ask most people about my dad, and they'll tell you he's usually the resident goofball. :) In fact, there's a bit of a running joke that he was born one day too early, if you know what I mean. And If you know my father well enough, then most assuredly he will find something about you to pick on. And then you'll neeever here the end of it. Haha. But I know a secret about him that not everyone may know.

While he may tell silly jokes and razz you about your big feet or how stinky your diapers were as a baby...okay, maybe that's just me :)... he always sticks up for the underdog and is fiercely loyal. Once you're in his circle, you're in. And he is especially concerned that everyone who comes into his house is comfortable and well fed.

I won't tell my dad's entire life story, because it's his to tell, but I can tell you that it wasn't always easy and he definitely knows what it's like to go to bed on an empty stomach. I remember growing up, any time one of my siblings had a friend over while my mom was cooking dinner, he made it a point to ask if they wanted to stay to eat. This might sound like a normal thing for a parent to do, but his persistent manner always may me think that my dad didn't want any kid to experience some of the things that he had to growing up. Oh yes, I noticed these things, dad. :)

My father is also a kid at heart. I'm fairly certain that he's making up for lost time, because my parent's basement looks like an arcade straight out of the 80's!


These pictures are a few years old and very dark, but this gives you some idea of what my parent's basement looks like. My dad loves to restore old arcade games and pinball machines. It is not uncommon at all for me to hear about a new pinball part he found on ebay. :)


Daddy dearest also has a knack for restoring and putting together pool tables. He once ran a billiard hall where I spent lots of time playing Pac-man and drinking RC Cola. :) And he even had his own business, "Roger Feldt Pool Table Repair." This was YEARS ago, like when I was in kindergarten, and people STILL call him up and ask him to put together tables for them now and then. So of course, I always grew up with a pool table in our basement, and my dad would teach me all of his tricks! At one time I'm pretty sure he hoped I would get into college on a billiard scholarship. Sorry, dad...I turned out to be an English nerd, haha. It's been a while since I racked em up with my pops...I think we need to fix that.

I feel like I'm doing a lot of back peddling, but there are just so many layers to my father that I always forget about. Like the fact that he worked on a horse farm and had serious aspirations of becoming a jockey. After several years of grooming horses, my dad could make the tightest braids of anyone I knew. Unfortunately, he preferred to give ME the feathered look more often than not. Bahaha...I used to frown in the mirror every day before school after dad got a hold of me with a hairbrush. I hear he's still good with a comb and a can of hairspray. *Wink, wink.*

Giving me away!

It's kind of crazy to think about how YOUNG my parents still are. Let's just say, by the time my dad was 25 (my age now), I was in the first grade already! That's nuts! And because they were young parents, they are now young grandparents.

I'm not gonna lie, my sensitive little Gracie has not yet become accustomed to my dad's silly voices and funny faces. She pouts nearly every time her grandpa tries to make her laugh, haha. But oh my gosh, Evelyn thinks he's hilarious. And it makes sense that she would be papa's girl, because Evie cannot deny the fact that she favors her grandpa in many ways. From her crazy personality, to the nose on her face, she is definitely a rascally member of the Feldt clan.

Grandpa holding Grace for the first time. :)

Tonight we're joining my family for dinner and dessert in honor of my dear old (young) dad. I need to think of a good list of things to razz him with to get back at him for all those years! Hehe, just kidding.

Here's a big fat Happy Birthday to my dad! May he have many more!

5 comments:

Heather Rahn said...

Awww...that's so sweet! Nothing like the relationship between a father and a daughter.

Pettijohn said...

Happy Birthday to your dad and I agree with Heather, how sweet.

Cassie said...

Wow - awesome Dad you got there. He has a lot to be proud of. What Dad wouldn't love reading something like this that his very own daughter wrote! Happy Birthday and have fun!!

Adrien said...

Aww...thanks, guys! I'll pass the birthday love along. :)

Jeroen and Mirella said...

Wow what a precious pictures.
You look like your dad, I think.

Love Mirella

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