Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The Most Interesting Man in the World...

- His legend precedes him, the way lightning precedes thunder.
- His charm is so contagious, vaccines we’re created for it.
- His personality is so magnetic, he is unable to carry credit cards.
- If he were to give you directions, you would never get lost. And you’d arrive at least 5 minutes early...
He is The Most Interesting Man in the world, and he's my Dad, Arvid (that's me and his legs, laying sod at our first house...and someday I will buy a scanner so I don't have to take pictures of pictures)! TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY, and I'm sending lots and lots of love his way! Son, Husband; Father; Grand; and now, Great-Grandfather; all rolled into one, with the heart of a lion!  A man of many hats...literally and figuratively.
A design engineer for Martin Marietta during the major Space Program years, and then some...I remember him getting us up to watch all the launches - launches that he had played a part in.  A veritable wealth of information on just about everything (I told you he was the most interesting man in the world) - there isn't anything I, or my children, have ever called and asked him that he doesn't know the answer to.  An enchantment with the old Southwest and his beloved Native American tribes - he and my Mom have taken my children on countless trips and he has tried to pass on much of what he knows to them.  We like to say around here, "He knows some shit about some stuff", and that's for sure!  And, you should see his rose garden!  I don't think there is anything he can't do, and do it well!
He even got them to serve him a drink at the Z-Gallerie in Las Vegas, which is quite impossible for the average man, as they only sell home furnishings!
Two of his seven grand kids (my son and daughter, from 4 and 6 years old, until a few years ago), and his two great grand babies (Brooke, and Landen).
Happy, happy birthday, Dad!  I may have to miss this one, but I'll be home for Father's Day this year, and we can drink that margarita I will miss tonight, then - have one for me anyway - XOXOXO


oldgreymare said...


Your Dad will be thrilled to have such a fine tribute from his daughter.
Have a great visit with him on Fathers Day.
Hope you are feeling better.


Rebecca said...

Beautiful birthday wishes to your handsome daddy. What a blessed daughter you are. What a lucky man he's been.

Love to you~Rebecca

Colleen Mcgraw said...

Tayna ...he must be a great man ...he helped create YOU!!