Make your Father’s Day happy

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s including my Dad who died from Leukemia at age 67 almost 30 years ago. He was a really good Dad and I still miss him.

Leonard was the kind of guy who came home whistling and singing at the end of a long day of work. He only drank skim milk for dinner until he discovered red wine in his 40’s. Oh boy, then we all learned about red wine. At 14, I could tell you which was the good Pinot Noir, because we each got 1/2 glass to smell and sometimes sip.

I went to work for my Dad when I was 29. As the youngest and the only sibling working at the company, there was talk that I would inherit the shares and my brother and sister would divide the rest of the estate (a lesser amount). That was a little difficult to do, and my parents had a code of fairness: they loved all their children equally.

Perhaps that was why my Dad didn’t update his will. And, my Mom told the 3 of us to come up with a resolution that we all could live with and still speak to each other. It took us 3 years but we had dinner together, just last night, 30 years later.

Here is the thing. Be everything you can be every day for your kids. AND, tomorrow, write your will and trust. Make sure your disability insurance, long term care insurance and death insurance are enough. Update all your beneficiaries. And, please give a big sum to charity. If you can’t think of a cause, let me know and I”ll send you a list.

Meantime, thank you to all the great Father’s out there. Have a great day.


Photo from 7/79. Leonard and Nora Paller.