Sending happy birthday wishes out to my father!
While we no longer speak, I believe by choice, but it's never been very clear to me, I still think of him often and send him thoughts of joy & peace on special days like today.
My father was a young father. I was born when he was 22 yrs old. And I was his only child. He married a woman who had 3 children from a previous marriage.
While my father has his faults, I have to believe that he tried to do the best he could with the situation he had gotten himself in. He stayed with my mother until I was raised and on my own.
I hope that his life now is happy and that he has found true joy.