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A special day.

At the stroke of midnight, my father turned 64.

To celebrate, my family all went out to our favorite Italian restaurant, La Trattoria in Brooklyn. It is a place where I grew up, with countless memories and a wonderful friendship with the owner, Paul.

Today was the first time since my father's foot and leg problem started a year and a half ago that he rode in our van. Today was the first time since 15+ surgeries and countless worries, crying spells, and hopes that he wouldn't lose a leg, or praying that he made it through another operation, that we all went out as a family and enjoyed each other's presence outside of our apartment or a hospital room.

Today was a day for celebration. And celebrate we did. My mom got drunk off of two pina coladas (with Midori watermelon liqueur for an added layer of flavor). My father drunk a good glass of wine, and relished it. I sat next to my father, telling him stories, and just downright enjoying being out with him. My little brother rambled on and on and on and bickered with his girlfriend. It was lovely.

I came to the apartment bearing presents. For my father, in honor of my mother's two bouts with breast cancer, I brought him a set of breasts from the Museum of Sex. For my mother, an anatomically correct leathered-up Master Billy doll to add to her doll and stuffed animal collection, that I bought from the Leather Pride Night auction. All my friends thought I was crazy to buy them for my folks. Ah... but they don't know my folks like I do.

The apartment was filled with laughter. The gifts were a grand slam.

A year and a half ago, I was scared out of my mind. There was a 90% chance that my father would lose his leg. He was given a 50/50 shot of even surviving the first surgery.

Today, he is 64. His foot is no longer infected. His wound has gone from 16 centimeters to 4 centimeters. When he got into the car, and I started to chauffeur him and my family to the restaurant, his smile was beaming.

I post this with happy tears running down my cheek.

I'm a proud son today.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Bravo My Friend, Bravo!
Sep. 9th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Few things are as precious as your today.
I'm happy for you -- and for your family.
Sep. 9th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
Congrats. My dad went in for heart surgery several years ago. I was worried. I was really happy when he made it through surgery. I can only imagine how happy you are now.
Sep. 9th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
Did you sing the Beatles song for him?

I am so happy for you.
Sep. 9th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
What a wonderful post to come home and read. Thank you for writing it.

Love you.
Sep. 9th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
My parents both passed away several years ago. Yeah, I miss them and the good times. When they were in their 60's after my mother's heart surgery, they threw a "Thank God we're alive" party. It was a blast.
Sep. 9th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
Such a sentimental and heartfelt post....thank you for sharing it with us. Brought tears to my eyes. I hope you and your folks have many more years full of such joyous occasions.
Sep. 9th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your dad is healing, and that your family took the time to be together and remember why it is sometimes very nice to be together.
Sep. 9th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
What a great day to celebrate! i'm so glad to hear how well he's doing now.
Sep. 9th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
There is something special about being able to make your parents happy and to be proud of being their child.

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, my dad was the biggest moron that I knew. I'm amazed how much he's learned in the last twenty years...LOL.

I'm glad your dad is doing well. Had a few scares with mine as well. I guess it makes us appreciate them more when we realize that we won't have them forever.
Sep. 9th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you.
Sep. 9th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
aw, Im SO happy for you all. This is wonderful. :)
Sep. 9th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
So, now we have no more excuses to not have that reunion, right? I would have given the world to be able to be there last night (of course I didn't know about it either...ahem) but I've been down with the plague forever it seems.

Thanks for taking care of my little big brother. I love you kid. But you knew that.
Sep. 9th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful celebration, thanks for sharing it!
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
This puts a BIG smile on my face too :) :) :) :) :)
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Your post just warmed my heart. Thanks so much for posting about this.
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
such joy!
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