My Dad is 91 going on 92. He still tends his tomato plants and mows his own lawn. He works in his garage and likes to do woodworking projects. He does dishes and helps my mother with house work. We go to Bingo together once a week. In the winter my other baby brother goes along, it is nice to have company for the drive back home when it is cold and snowy. When my baby brother is around he often joins us. If other relatives are around on Bingo night then we will have a full table.
I always call to make sure Dad feels up to going and the answer is almost always “Yes.” So I pick him up in plenty of time to get us settled at a table, get our cards bought and the special games marked. He is the oldest Bingo player there. He likes to sit at a table where he can easily see the monitors and the big board. We have Bingo friends that will often save our table for us!
Dad and I play one wins we all win. We share all winnings if there are any.
Dad has played Bingo since he was about 14 years old and took cattle to the County Fair and stayed with them on the fairgrounds. Bingo was a nickel to play and you marked the card with corn kernels. He would win Kewpie Dolls and give them away.
My Dad when he was younger
Far Guy’s Dad has been gone a long time…24 years now. He died in 1994 when he was 80 years old.
Far Guy’s Dad with the Willys Knight
He liked to play cards and put puzzles together in the winter. Some of his favorite were Automobiles, Flannel Shirts, Cross Pens, Fried Potatoes, Angie Dickenson in Police Woman, All in the Family and Johnny Carson. He liked to read the daily paper and always had a road atlas in the magazine rack next to his chair. He was a fisherman and a hunter. He adored his three granddaughters. His favorite color in cars and couches was red.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!