Our Aging Parents Can Still Teach Us

My dad turns 80 today.  So I decided to interview him right here on the blog.  Please leave him a comment and wish him a great day!

How does it feel to be 80?

(Long pause.)  When you say 80, that doesn’t mean much to me.  I think back on my life, and I’ve had a good life.  Many blessings.  A great family.  A wonderful family.  Years don’t mean anything to me.  I have had health struggles, but I don’t blame it on age.  I’m very happy with life. 

What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in your lifetime?

The speed of life today is frightening.  Everyone is in a big hurry.  Technology is great, but we have too much communication with the internet and TV.  Like when we watched the miners being rescued in Chile. Years ago, we would read about it a week later.
I am bothered by how people treat each other.  There is a loss of respect.  People have forgotten how to get along and live with other people.
There have also been a lot of good changes.  Living today is very comfortable compared to years ago. 

What was is like growing up in the Depression?

I always had something to eat.  I know that my mother and dad struggled a lot.  My mother struggled with health problems.  My dad had a hard time finding work.  I remember him going out and trying to do any kind of work – fixing a car or planting a tree.  Around the mid-30’s, my father found a job in the steel mill and things got better.  WWII created work – factories needed to supply tanks, planes, and ammunition to our Allies.  Things got pretty good then.

What’s the greatest lesson you learned from your parents?

My parents taught me that family was very important.  My parents and my grandparents were always pro-family.  I’ve tried to duplicate their way of living. 
My parents were always honest in their feelings and they loved each other.

Your parents were married almost 60 years and you’ve been married 54 years.  What’s the secret to a great marriage?

A great woman.

What are some of your most vivid memories?

Dating your mother.  After retiring, going places with my wife and traveling.  Doing things and going places we always dreamed about. 

If you could do it all over again, would you do anything differently?

I would make sure I had a college degree.  I wouldn’t have spent so much money on automobiles. 

You’re Navy veteran.  What does being a veteran mean to you? 

Being very proud that I spent time in the Navy.  Doing duty for my country.  I made 32 round trips across the Pacific.  We were taking troops to Korea and rotating troops to different islands during the Korean War.  The Navy gave me schooling opportunities – I chose weather forecasting school in Lakehurst, NJ.  Even today I can read weather maps and tell you what the weather is going to be like. 

What’s your greatest accomplishment?

We have five wonderful daughters who are all happily married.  My daughters are all different, but they are all special in their own ways.  We have 14 grandchildren.  They are all special in their own ways.  I’m very happy.  I think that God has blessed me richly with my wonderful wife and family. 

Is there anything you still wish you could do?

I wish I had the strength to play golf.  To walk on the beach.  To work in the yard.  To just to have the ability to get around.

What’s the best advice you can give to younger generations?

Be honest with yourself as well as others.  Know both your capabilities and your limits.  Make sure you diversity – don’t put everything in one basket.  Don’t forget God in your life.

How did your faith become stronger over the years?

I have to give a lot of credit to my wife.  She never gave up. 

Is there anything you would like to say to the blogging world?

Be very careful.  There’s people out there who are looking for others to make a mistake.  There are people out there who looking to criticize and misuse what you say. 


Happy Birthday Dad, and thanks for a great interview!  (For more posts about my dad, see How An Old-Fashioned Father Father Raised Five Loyal Daughters and Thanks For Fighting Dad. )

I'm an author who writes about the working mom's struggle to live out an authentic Christian faith in a complex and fast-paced world. I live in constant need of grace, caffeine, and technology -- usually in that order.
  • Bradley J Moore

    Happy birthday, Susan's dad! Congratulations. I married a great woman too, so I know what you mean… :)

  • Anonymous

    Hi Cy,
    We are celebrating in our hearts with you and praising the Lord for you on this REALLY special day! You are a GRAND friend and a HUGE blessing in our lives. The combination of your parents' upbringing, our wonderful Lord, your sweet and loving Stella, and your precious daughters have all helped mold you into the GREAT man you are. We pray the Lord's blessings on you today, as well as all the rest of your days – and may they be many! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!! Paul & Linda

  • Erin

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I enjoyed reading this post so much….I will try to slow myself down a bit….we really are all in a hurry for no reason.

  • mrsgleffter

    Happy Birthday!! 80 years and oh the things you have seen. Thank you for the reminders of slowing down and making family a priority! It is much needed!

  • Ang

    Happy birthday, and thank you for your service in the Navy!

  • Susan DiMickele

    Thanks for all the comments and Happy Birthday Dad!

    (BTW, my dad's name is Cy Moore. I should have included it in the post!)

  • Keli Gwyn

    Happy birthday, Mr. Moore!

    I enjoyed reading your answers to Susan's questions. My favorite one was that a great woman is what makes a great marriage. Such wisdom!

    The pace of life has indeed become intense, almost frantic at times. Thank goodness there are those like you and Susan who remind us to keep our focus on what's most important.

    Thanks for your service in the Navy. I appreciate your efforts on our behalf.

  • Jennifer

    Happy Birthday Mr. Moore!! I have so many wonderful memories of you carting us all over town to and from cheerleading, football games, dances… all bring a smile to my face.

    Here's to a healthy and happy 80th year! Much love, Jenny Boehnel

  • Christie Turnbull

    Happy Birthday Susan's Dad! I too enjoyed reading your interview. You truly are a blessed man, with an amazing wife and family! Enjoy your special day !

  • David

    Happy Birthday Mr. Moore!
    It was really nice reading your post and I see a lot of similarity in my own father of 72. Also, thank you for your service in the Navy!

  • mama2blog

    Wow, happy celebration of your life! Thank you for your faithful service to our country and all that you've accomplished. I love the secret to a good marriage.

  • Heidiopia

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Mr. Moore! I especially love that your secret to a great marriage is a "great woman." You are a wise man! And obviously a very special one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your perspective on your special day!

  • Marla Taviano

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Moore!! I loooove that you've been married so long and love your wife so much. My husband and I have 3 daughters, and you make me want a couple more. ;)

  • Julia

    wow!! happy birthday!! what a great interview!!

  • Laura

    Happy, happy 80th!!

    Your dad sounds SO much like mine. What a treasure godly dads are.

    Sweet post, Susan!

  • David Rupert

    Dads are a gift. Blessings to you and Pop!

  • Anonymous

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