There is nothing that quite matches the bond between a father and his children. Whether their offspring live in the same town or halfway around the world, members of the Holiday Retirement community love to stay in touch with their sons and daughters. In honor of Father’s Day, we talked to one resident about the close relationship he shares with his daughters.
Joe Burkhardt moved into Holiday Retirement’s Golden Oaks in July 2017, and the 92-year-old says the community has quickly become a warm home to him. Both of his daughters are able to visit him frequently at the San Bernardino, California, community. When they do, sharing a meal or going on an outing is a favorite activity for the family. But of course, what means the most to Joe is simply seeing his “girls.”
One of his daughters, Cindy Leon, is able to visit her dad three times a week - sometimes more! When Cindy visits, she and Joe love to catch up on the family news, on who is doing what and which milestones are coming up for different family members. Joe lights up when he talks about his family, and it’s obvious that getting the latest news from Cindy is one of his favorite parts of her visits.
Cindy likes to leave reminders that she’s always thinking of her dad, and one way she does it is by decorating his apartment door to the nines. This affectionate display has become a highlight of her visits, and it reminds Joe of his daughter each time he enters his apartment.
Joe loves and respects his daughter and, clearly, the feeling is mutual. “Cindy will do anything for me,” he says, with a grin. He reveals that she’ll sometimes start off thinking that one of his requests is silly or unnecessary. “Usually, she’ll say, ‘Oh, Dad,’” Joe laughs, but then she’ll end up doing it anyway.
As we get ready to celebrate Father’s Day, the relationship Joe and Cindy share reminds us that there’s nothing better than making the ones we love happy. To all the dads at Holiday Retirement communities across the country, we wish you a very happy Father’s Day!