July 1, 2008

To Daddy

Today would have been my dad’s 65th birthday. I know exactly how he would have celebrated it if he was still here with us.
I remember the times when he was still around. We always made sure that everyone’s birthday get celebrated no matter what and how simple it would be. For him, a special occasion was an important event of a person’s life and it was supposed to be treated as such. I remember many events in our lives which he made special – our birthdays, our graduations, our merit awards, my winning in the school quiz bee contests, my first cotillion dance, our first bike rides, family beach outings, his children’s weddings, his grandchildren’s baptismal, their birthdays, their graduations and even our pets’ special days.
Dad loved to sing. A karaoke session is never amiss in the household whenever he would celebrate his birthday. My family and relatives told me that on his last birthday 2 years ago, just few days before he passed away, they went for a karaoke session. Everyone was there except I and my brother because we were here that time. I could have heard him one last time singing his favorite Frank Sinatra song – My Way.
So Dad, hear me when I sing you this song because I know you love this so much. Happy Birthday Dad. This one’s for you…
“And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, Ill say it clear,
Ill state my case, of which Im certain.Ive lived a life thats full.
Ive traveled each and ev’ry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Regrets, Ive had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.
I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Yes, there were times, Im sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.
Ive loved, Ive laughed and cried.
Ive had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that;
And may I say – not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!”

(My Way lyrics from Lyricsfreak.com)

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