Monday, January 20, 2014

My Dad's Birthday

January 22nd, 1944, was the day my dad was born. The closest hospital to his parent's northeastern North Dakota farm was in Canada, so he was born a Canadian and naturalized as a U.S. citizen at age seven. There's much I could tell you about his life and his birthdays, but one birthday I clearly remember is the one when I was a second grader. I was sick. With the stomach flu. And my dad stayed home from work to take care of me. Not a great way for him to spend his birthday, but what a great dad.

Sadly, my dad died in 2010 shortly after his 66th birthday. Like many people, he died much too young, and because of his cancer, he suffered much too much before his death. And because he meant so much to me and my family and my kids, I used to make the lemon cake he loved -- every January 22nd.

In fact, I still do.

To remember who he was. To celebrate who he was. Because we miss him. Because we love him. And because we wish he was still with us. So this Wednesday, January 22nd, my family will eat lemon cake and remember.

19 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! What a great way to celebrate his life! As long as you remember him he will never be truly gone.

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  2. My amazing G'ma died at 62 in 1999 b/c of cancer. Still hurts every year I remember it. But they're dancing in heaven now & we'll see them again. Great way to honor him by making the lemon cake! I should make her peach cobbler every October :-)

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  3. My dad died too young too. What a great way to remember him by eating lemon cake.

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  4. What a nice way to honor and remember your dad.

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  5. Awwww. Girls and their daddies... Mine's been gone 25 years and I still miss him. I love that you keep the tradition of making his favorite cake. Sweet.

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  6. My heart goes out to you, Barbara, as you come to this time of anniversaries. My own father died at 68 of a heart attack and although it's been many years the pain still bubbles up from time to time. I am particularly sad that he never got to meet his grandchildren. Much love to you and your family.

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  7. That's so sweet that your dad once spent his birthday taking care of you. Thank you for sharing that memory with us. Sending warm thoughts your way.

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  8. What am amazing tribute to your father. Great story about having to go to Canada for his birth. Enjoy the lemon cake.

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  9. Very nice remembrance of your dad. Have a piece of lemon cake and think of your best times with your dad. I miss my parents greatly and I had them much longer than you did.

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  10. Making a lemon cake on his birthday is such a great way to honor your dad's memory. So sorry to hear he isn't still with you today!

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  11. My mom makes my grandma's apple dumplings every year at the anniversary of her death, but I like the idea of creating something on a birthday better).

    I've wondered what kind of complications being born in another country might cause. Sort of related to that, in our very mountainous state there's the interesting situation where the nearest school for kids is in the neighboring state and Wyoming has to pay Colorado or Idaho or Montana tuition for their kids! :)

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  12. What a nice post! Enjoy your lemon cake, it sounds wonderful!

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  13. What a beautiful post, Barbara. I think it is a wonderful tribute that you make your dad's favorite cake on his birthday. I hope you were able to remember the good times as you enjoyed your lemony treat. Sorry you lost your dad to soon.
    ~Jess

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  14. Barbara, I relate to this post so much. My father passed away this summer. I think I need to adopt some sort of lovely tradition to remember him each year as you have done.

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  15. I hope you and your family enjoyed your lemon cake (YUM!!!) in his honor. I love that story about how he had to be born in Canada.

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  16. Beautiful post. How special that he was born in Canada for the reason that he was! Interestingly, my husband and two sons always wanted lemon cake for their birthdays, too. My dad's cake of choice was chocolate eclair. :)

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  17. My father died almost 8 years ago (also of cancer) and I still miss him. Here's to your Dad and lemon cake.

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  18. Beautiful post. I'm sorry you had to lose him so soon, but great memories and great dedication. Love that you still make lemon cake!

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Comments. Yay! They're almost as good as chocolate. Almost.