My Dad’s 80th birthday is July 29th. I couldn’t get back to Australia to celebrate with my family today, but sent this card of cartoons and limericks to mark the completion of Dad’s 80th trip around the sun.
Apart from all the typical similarities between a father and his son, Dad & I are bonded in a unique way; I had a STROKE in 2012, and Dad had one of his own in 2018, sadly. It appears that we Baker menfolk have volatile brains, which is the reason for the “broken brain Bakers” reference in the limerick. Writing limericks has been a amusement of Dad’s as far back as I can remember, and we collaborated on a book (published in 2007) which I illustrated and Dad wrote, all in limerick. In honour of that collaboration, I delivered a best man‘s speech in limerick, when he got married (to Wendy!) later that same year. Both he & I have loved cartoons our whole lives, so silliness, both verbal and visual, has been embedded in my relationship with Dad from the very beginning.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!