Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Celebrating my Dads Retirement @ The Beach

This deer was in the front yard of the house we rented!

My dad Harvey retired last Friday from Honeywell. He worked there for 42 years. Can you believe it? My sister and I wanted to do something really special for him and honor him. We rented out a house on the beach for two days. My sister is quite the poet and her is the invite we sent him!

Forty-two years have come and gone and here we are today.
How do you thank the man who helped his family find a way?

Forty-two years of late, late nights and early mornings too.
Only wishing that the blonde daughters would someday get a clue.

Forty-two years of headaches and early age stress.
The oldest wants a CD and the youngest wants a dress.

Forty-two years of carrying a lunch box and thermos everyday
The kids want to go to college and mom and dad need to pay

Forty-two years of weekday traffic morning and every night.
Dealing with the wife and daughters after every fight.

Forty-two years of Paul Harvey and Lunch everyday
Wait, hold on, that part will need to stay.

Forty-two years of indicators surrounding every room
Christmas coming every year, sometimes way too soon.

Forty-two years without complaints he did this selflessly
His daughters want to thank him so ever tremendously.

Forty-two hours is the gift they give in a surprise place untold
They desire to thank you on July 26th at 7:00 am in the cold

Pack a bag and be ready for a memory to be made
It’s forty-two years in the making and will be a very beautiful day.

So we meet my parents in the Costco parking lot and jumped on to I-5. We headed north. Still Dad & Mom had no clue. We got up to the Edmond's ferry and took it to Kingston. We stopped at Port Townsend and went shopping. And them headed to Squim for lunch at the Three Crabs Restaurant. It was very yummy! Still having no clue we headed to the home we would be staying at for two days. My dad was so shocked. That evening we made a crab dinner and gave my Dad his gifts. He received a crab pot and accessories, and a sturgeon fishing trip in September. We had alot of fun playing right on the beach in front of the home, flying kites, and relaxing. I will never forget this weekend.

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