My Dad, Tommaso, circa 1955
Doesn't he look like such a sassy little rascal?
My Daddy Is The Best Daddy
- He raised us speaking Italian fluently.
- He took us to Italy every year to visit our family at the beach house.
- He taught us that the most important thing is to enrich your mind, and to use it.
- And that the best thing you can do in life is to find a job where you do what you love, and you love what you do.
- He introduced us to culinary "delicacies" such as fish-head soup - which I refuse to ever even look at again, but at least I'm not a finnicky eater!
- Whenever something didn't work, he fixed it.
- And instead of just fixing it for us, he taught us how to do it, so next time we wouldn't have to ask.
- Anything you could possibly ever want or need - paper products, computer parts, a/v cables, books, movies, blank CDs, external hard drives, fountain pens, special screw drivers, unusually sized batteries, vintage toys - he not only has, but usually has many of, exactly for when someone needs it.
- He instilled in us a love for non-fiction books.
- He taught us the entire histories of greek and roman mythology over dinner.
- He taught me how to drive stick.
- And let me practice on his car when I forgot how.
- He took us on crazy adventures through forests, sulfur pits, abandoned mental hospitals, and many other unusual (to say the least) places.
- He taught us that knowledge is the most important thing you can have,
- But that stuff (especially old stuff), is pretty fun to play with too.
- Whenever we ask a question, he answers ten instead.
- He took us line fishing on a rowboat.
- And showed us how to catch an octopus with our bare hands.
- He taught me how to windsurf.
- And then pulled all the sea urchin spikes out of my foot when I fell off my windsurf.
- He taught us how to properly use a computer, and circumvent the stupidity that is the Windows operating system
- He would teach me to use linux, if I let him.
- Last summer he spent weeks tutoring me in math, putting up with my dense moments, helping me raise my GRE math score by more than one hundred points.
- In college he used to proofread my papers and email them back to me even at 2 am the night before they were due.
- He taught me how to make gunpowder from scratch.
- He helped me take apart my laptop completely, clean it, and put it back together. Three times. And it worked every time.
- He has always encouraged me to follow my passions, and given me the support I need to make it happen.
- He is a helpful father, a crazy uncle, and a mad professor, all rolled into one.
Thanks, daddy! I love you!