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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