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Friday, December 16, 2011

Thanks to Dad

On one of the last trips my parents made to visit us in Maine, Dad talked about this great BBC show called "New Tricks" and kept singing the theme song. I only caught a couple episodes in Maine but once we arrived in Arizona, they've been showing them on PBS so I've been able to watch nearly all of them. They really are great, and the song spins 'round in my head sometimes for hours afterwards, and every time I watch, I think of Dad and am grateful for the times we spent together.

Mom and Dad were big believers in staying active; they kept traveling and learning and enjoying life. Three years after losing Dad, Mom does her best to keep on keepin' on.

The lyrics to the tune:

it’s alright it’s ok 
doesn’t really matter if you’re old and grey 
it’s alright i say it’s ok 
listen to what i say 
it’s alright doing fine 
doesn’t really matter if the sun don’t shine 
it’s alright i say it’s ok 
we're getting to the end of the day 
high-tech, low-tech take your pick 
cos you can teach an old dog a brand new trick 
i don’t care what anybody says 
(at the end of the day) 
there’s a place that i can find 
a drink or two to ease my mind 
golden days 
it’s alright take your time 
everybody thinks that you’ve passed your prime 
it’s alright it’s ok 
you've still got plenty to say

In Loving Memory of My Father
Jerry Ervin Graves
May 25, 1936 - August 9, 2008
His form is gone but his essence lives on. 


  1. Nice tribute to your dad. I watch PBS but I haven't noticed the New Tricks show coming on in my area. I think that theme song is going to be in my head for a while though. :)

  2. It's a great song to have in one's head, isn't it?! :-) We get the Phoenix channels, rather than the Tucson ones.

  3. Oh, how special this is. Thanks for sharing your dad with us . That photo does a great job of capturing his personality. I like your dad, I can tell from the photo! My dad has gone on ahead too. Hard to believe its been 11 years! I have a photo of him in my office grinning over a big chocolate milkshake like a kid. It's wonderful! :) How precious these photos and memories are to us now.


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