In honor of my Dad, Len Traubman, on his birthday, I am documenting some of my best memories of him from the first ten years of my life, plus some interesting facts about him.
I Remember When My Dad.......
* Let me and my brother, when we were about 5 and 3, sing "bathroom language" words while he played on the guitar. I don't think I had ever laughed that hard. (And may I say what a smart parenting strategy that was?!)
* Hung out with me at a San Francisco public school playground to help me learn how to ride a two-wheeler bike.
* Took me, as a surprise, to get my ears pierced on my 7th birthday.
* Squeezed one eye shut, puffed out his cheeks, and talked like a pirate, sending my brother and me into rolling fits of laughter.
* Drove our whole family waaaaaaay out into the boondocks to visit the "redhead babies" of one of his patients. The "redhead babies" turned out to be a whole batch of redhead baby dachsunds and we got to pick one out to take home with us. We named her Suena, which means dream or vision in Spanish.
* Left $20 by bed so I would wake up and find it the morning of my 5th grade graduation trip to Six Flags Marine World.
* Showed me how to pass a baton and timed my laps to help me prepare for a elementary school track meet.
* Took me to see Yul Brynner in the live theater production of The King and I.
* Took me, starting from age 2, to Tadich Grill, the oldest restaurant in San Francisco.
* Took me to the deli of a large downtown grocery store to pick out a whole cow brain to study and bring to my 5th grade oral presentation about the brain.
* Taught me and my brother how to make fried matzoh.
Some Interesting Facts About My Dad
* He knows how to make beautiful jewelry out of different metals.
* From his many years as a children's dentist, he has an enormous collection of fun ties which feature bright colors and characters.
* He once dressed as Waldo (as in Where's Waldo?) for his office's Halloween party, and designed his own costume.
* A pro at geneology, my dad wrote a book about his side of the family. He also knows a ton about my mom's side of the family, and stood up at his mother-in-law's funeral service to share interesting stories about her family's history.
* He assembled a ham radio when he was around the age of 10 and can still do a rapid verbal fireout of the morse code (which cracks up his 8-year-old grandson).
* He likes melted chocolate chip sandwiches.
* He can play Grandma's Feather Bed, Froggy Went A-Courtin', and many other country and folk songs, on the guitar.
Thanks, Dad, for modeling kindness, curiosity, vision, patience, humor, and appreciation of the arts.