# CDXLIV…Eldest’s Milestone…

@ 6 Months


On this date, February 4, twenty-five years ago, my eldest daughter, Mena, was brought into this world…thereby making me (an almost-21-year-old) a father for the first time.  Before her birth, however, my life wasn’t really anything special; I mean, I was in the early stages of my “paying” career (working for a Customhouse broker), separated from her mother (who, truth be told, didn’t notify me until three days AFTER her birth but, we would, for a time, live together after she was born) and nothing special in the overall grand scheme to be noticed.

On this twice-in-a-lifetime (I will be dealing with my youngest daughter’s 25th in about 8 years) occasion, I have the opportunity to express just how much better my life has been since Mena’s birth in 1992.  Being a first-time father back then, not to mention the fact that I was as naïve as I was immature, the only real preparation that I’d had was trying my best to copy the nuances of my own late father (he was still seven years away from leaving this planet at that time).

Looking back, I have done my absolute best to be there for her.  She was born in a time when a lot of potential fathers have said, “Not my circus…”, and just split (shirking their responsibilities as a parent for their own selfishness).  I was never going to be one of those; although I didn’t really have a plan for her, I had every intent on being the best father that I could be…at that time, I really didn’t have my ducks in a row and questioned myself on her well-being at any given moment.  Through all the cuts and bruises, happiness and heartbreaks, however, I never had a second thought when it came to making sure that I was in her life!

My life since her birth, although still nothing to be happy about, has become something that I wouldn’t change, even if I could.  The countless memories of happy times (like going to movies or attending her high school graduation), combined with the not-so-happy ones (her hospitalization with pneumonia {long time ago}, my Dad’s passing after her seventh birthday, etc.) are what make this day even more special to me.

To my daughter, I would just like to say that I hope you enjoy your momentous milestone as much as I’ve enjoyed every day since your arrival in my life.

It is in her honor and with great love that I present the list of her fellow celebrants; beginning with late historic pilot Charles Lindburgh (1900-1974), civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks (1913-2005), actor Conrad Bain, who played Mr. Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes” (1923-2013), comedian David Brenner (1936), and mega-producer George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”, etc.) was born in 1940.

Also, today finds former Vice President Dan Quayle (1947), rock legend Alice Cooper (1948), actor Michael Beck, who played Swan in “The Warriors”, was born in 1949, and football legend Lawrence Taylor turns 58 today (1959).

Coincidentally, fellow Long Branch, NJ native and country superstar Clint Black was born today in 1962 (at the same hospital where I was born), while boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya was born in 1973, singer Natalie Imbruglia (1975), rapper Cam’ron (1976), singer Gavin DeGraw (1977) and former TNA star Chris Sabin finishes the list, born in 1982.

/,,,/ ROCK ON MOOKIE \,,,\



4 thoughts on “# CDXLIV…Eldest’s Milestone…

  1. That was a beautiful tribute to your daughter on her 25th birthday. It made me cry, for many reasons, and left me wistful. I hope Mena has a magical 25th birthday, and all her hopes, wishes and dreams come to fruition!

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