Gentle Man

Tomorrow will be my father-in-law’s 80th birthday so I am taking this time to remind the world that gentlemen and gentle men do exist.  Perhaps not in public office, but out in the real world.    The Headmaster uplifts us all with his literary references, love of puns, and general quick wit.    As a former boarding school headmaster, he has parented thousands of young souls (primarily women),  guiding futures,  molding characters, and getting up in the middle of the night to attend to those wracked with teen angst.

The Headmaster embodies the fruit of the spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control.  How lucky am I to be married to the literal fruit of the Headmaster???  The acorn, apple, and fig  don’t fall far from the tree.

Men today would do us all a favor by taking a page from the Headmaster’s play book.  An expert dishwasher loader and unloader, the Headmaster washes his own clothes, holds doors open for women (some of us still like that), and proffers glasses of wine or whiskey at all the right moments.  He would rather save his dog’s life than his own.   And, he can carry quite the tune.  The Headmaster has been married to the love of his life for nearly 57 years.  Truth be told, it is hard to find a gentler man.

So cheers to an admirable, honorable, and noble man.  Long may he live!  We will be toasting and roasting him tonight!




Filed under Birthdays, Family, Life

6 responses to “Gentle Man

  1. COLS

    Men like these are far and few between indeed! You are blessed to have the “fruit”/apple. God Bless

  2. raftbuddy

    Celebrate!! xoxo

  3. MCVwasHere

    So true!! Happy birthday to a great man! Enjoy the party all!!

  4. Flaky Friend

    What a beautiful tribute to the Headmaster and Mr. U.

  5. Winnie

    I heartily agree and thank goodness the “fruit” had the good sense to marry you!

  6. moodringmama

    Happy Belated Birthday to the Headmaster – I could not agree more with your sentiments, ExPat! Wish I was with you all to raise a glass & celebrate.

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