I consider myself so very lucky because I got such a wonderful man to call my father. My dear Dad passed away last week, but he will always be the strong patriarch of our family.
I always thought my dad looked like a silent film star in his twenties. He was not just handsome, he was a man of many talents as well. He was an artist, fantastic singer, and musician (he could play the violin, guitar and mandolin). He also loved to be knowledgeable about everything so he would literally read the Washington Post Newspaper from cover to cover.
The one thing my dear Dad could not do by any means was cook. He was lucky to be married for over half a century to my mother... the best cook I know. I asked my mother about his favorite dishes and she had to admit he loved it all. He was not a picky eater either. He could be happy with an elaborate meal or just as happy with peanut butter and crackers. The one thing he did have to have several times a day was a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea. So I did a variety of food from savory to sweet (he loves both equally) to showcase the dishes my Dad would love and enjoy.
My father has always been larger than life in my eyes. I was so fortunate to have this man I call "Thathi (father in Sri Lanka) in my life for so long because he filled it with his wisdom, his music, and his caring nature. He was my rock. So thank you Thathi for all you have done for your children and grandchildren. You were simply the best.
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