Every girl is crazy about her daddy. So why does mine warrant a post on an anti-aging beauty blog?
Because he also a hero in the battle against Father Time.
In his 50s, an age when most father’s are welcoming grandchildren, Dad was sandwiched between helping his ailing parents and taking care of his younger wife and two small kids.
Then to top it off, he started to feel the first symptoms of arthritis creep into his hands.
As a WWII combat veteran, he’s seen some awful things. However, I don’t think anything compared to watching his parent’s health deteriorate.
So at 50-something, he quit smoking and shunned fast food. He also donned running shoes. And he stuck to it, completing two marathons in his 70s.
“I’m not doing this for me,” he’s always said. “I’m doing it for you.”
I didn’t get it then, but I do now.
Today he turned 86-years-old.
And we aren’t hauling him to doctors every week or to the pharmacy (he’s not on ANY medication). Nor are we buying him Depends.
Right now he’s at work. When he gets off his plan is to run or hit the golf course. Then he and my mom are going out for dinner.
So as much as I’d love to believe the secret to looking great is in a jar of pricey wrinkle cream, my dad has taught me better. Hopefully, I can follow his example - so he won't have to buy me Depends when I'm 86!