While Mom nurtured us and tried her best to instill us discipline, hard work and being obedient and God-fearing children the foremost, Dad on the other hand did a lot of pampering probably making a part of us "spoiled rotten" ones, he encouraged us to speak our minds as well. Mom did not spare us the "rod" and punishment while growing up but Dad taught us that there is no harm in using reason and diplomacy in dealing with conflicts.
As kids, we just have to tell him what we wish for, or want to have and he would try his mighty best to give it/them to us as soon as possible. Alternately, he would teach us to be patient enough and learn to wait. Mom did the balancing- by telling us that we cannot have everything we want anytime we wish we have them. But then again, Dad always provides us the inspiration and the hope to go for our dreams by giving his all-out support. Sometime in his life he has ventured in politics because a lot has believed he can help more people as he has advanced in his age doing his own part in community service, but he is probably not just into it. He enjoyed teaching but now he thinks he is quite old for it and is now focused in community service. Now the thing he enjoyed the most is pampering his grandchildren and he is again looking forward when my brother would bring a couple of them for a summer vacation at their lolo(grandfather) and lola's(grandmother's) farm house. The quiet house will surely be filled with lots of banter and laughter again.
Happy Birthday Daddy! May God grant more years in your life as you keep on relishing life as a grandfather. May you stay healthy and up to be able to keep up with your grandchildren's energy. I am sure they will not get bored listening to your numerous stories because I and probably my siblings have always looked forward for the storytelling sessions that we once had and I would not mind having them again when I come home for a long stay soon.