Is it Genetics or Luck that My Dad is Healthy at 84?
I put up a photo of my father and me dancing at my son’s Bar Mitzvah on Facebook.
I am so lucky to still have a healthy, vital dad. He is 84 and still works, and follows Philly sports passionately.
With sadness I read so many others’ tributes to their deceased dad and I felt even more blessed.
Still it is puzzling how my dad is still around and in great health considering the following:
He grew up on my Gram’s (his mom) Jewish cooking full of Chicken Schmaltz and all kinds of other non-heart healthy things, then served in the Army during the Korean War, then smoked cigarettes all through the 50’s to the mid-60’s, and then ate canned veggies through the 60’s and 70’s – never a fresh veggie. He eats ice cream every day, and has a major sweet tooth like you-know-who. Finally my father NEVER went to the gym.
Genetics has to be the main factor in his longevity and that makes me even more fortunate: I resemble him and have his even-keeled temperament. I have his beautiful blood pressure that is picture perfect according to our doctors. I have tons of his genetics. Made of iron. Like father-like daughter. I hope I stay as healthy and active as him as I head into my mid-80’s and share his general good health and longevity as well as all the other things we have in common.
See the photo below taken at his 80th birthday celebration to see how much we look alike: (Can you tell I am a daddy’s girl?)
I wish he had Internet, or even a computer, but he never sees these things I write about him. Oh well, I will snail mail him a printed copy.
Happy Father’s Day to my dad, and all the wonderful dads out there.