Happy birthday to the best dad on earth! He's in Florida now, working on my parents' new house, but took a little time out this week and bought himself the birthday gift he's been waiting for for years: a new boat. He and my mother took it out last night and saw a pod of dolphins. I think they're going to fit right into their new home.
Dad, one of your former students wrote on your facebook wall this morning (I know you don't read it) and called you his "wonderful instructor," and I think that's a perfect descriptor. From skiing and driving to doing taxes and wrapping an ace bandage, you've taught me so much. I love you and I hope the year ahead is full of all wonderful things for you.