What My Father Taught Me

Open message to my father on his birthday, November 14, 2020


You may be far from me in Castlemaine, Australia, but your love I can feel moving across the oceans, cascading over mountain ranges, and leaping tall city buildings to reach me. It's as if your arms themselves are wrapping around me while I sit at my desk in Los Angeles.

It's been 10 years since I last stood on my toes to give you a hug. I had hoped to see you this year, however, with COVID things didn't work out how we were hoping. I wish with all my heart that soon I can fly high above our majestic planet to hug you again.

Since we cannot be together I thought I would list some of the things you taught me. Happy Birthday Dad this is for you.

ox Love Slugger ox

You taught me:

  • To accept everyone no matter their race, religion, or sexual orientation
  • To appreciate classic black and white movies
  • What a blue turkey looks like
  • To listen to Vin Scully on the radio
  • What it means to be part of a big, loud, Italian family
  • How great live theatre is
  • What beats a full house
  • How beautiful Marilyn Monroe was
  • How to be a great actress, writer, and artist
  • Feeding the needy is noble
  • Finding a good book is valuable
  • How to be humble
  • Judy Garland had the best voice
  • It's okay to cry
  • To stand up for the rights of others and yourself
  • That Humphrey Bogart wore lifts
  • To be honest
  • That olive juice is almost as good as the olives
  • That some of the best dancing was by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  • That my cat Cleo really did want to eat your birds
  • Dodgers are the only baseball team to watch
  • Character matters
  • How to swing dance
  • And that sometimes you better keep your opinions to yourself...still working on that. After all, I am your daughter 😉

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It was great seeing how much work you put into it. The picture is nice, and your writing style is stylish, but you seem to be worrying that you should be presenting the next article. I’ll almost certainly be back to read more of your work if you take care of this hike.

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