Happy birthday to my father, Dennis Casselberry. He would have been 69 years old today.
Until doing the math and typing it out just now, I'd forgotten how old he would be this year. He's frozen at 61 for me.
Last year at this time, I wrote about all of the things that my father would've enjoyed if he were still with us today. Being a grandfather would have been foremost among those.
This week, my Little Niece is on spring break and we're getting to spend a lot more time with her than we usually would. We could use Grandpa for an extra set of hands and legs to keep up with that little road-runner right now.
I especially think about how much he would've enjoyed reading to his granddaughter, how much he would've enjoyed singing and dancing with her.
What I was recently wondering, however, is what Little Niece would have called her Grandpa.
My mother just wanted to be called Grandma when her granddaughter was born. Nothing like "Nana" or anything like that. But since Little Niece can't pronounce "Grandma" yet, she calls my mother "Ahma."
The beauty here is that "Ahma" or "Ama" is actually Chinese (Hokkien dialect) for grandmother. The kid had it right all along.
"Ah Kong" is Chinese for grandfather in Chinese. Little Niece probably wouldn't have called Grandpa that. I'm guessing she would've said something like "Ah-Pa."
Happy Birthday, Ahpa. You would love this kid. But I'm guessing you already know how great she is, and how much joy she brings to our lives.