January 6, 2009
Today is my Dad’s 72nd Birthday (born January 6, 1937). A day on which he worked at Weis as a Cashier/Stock Clerk from 9 AM to 3 PM. He arrived home at 3:30 PM and then took few hours break and saw his nephew off (Ahya who was heading to India) and spent some time with the family and headed to his other job at a Satellite Transmission Center to work from 7 PM to 7 AM. At this age, he does not need any money. However, he understand that when you stop working…you are going to be bored and started to age faster…He does two jobs to keep himself busy and gives away all his money at the end of the month to Charity/Grand Children/Deserving members in the Family & the Mosque. He has been paying 10% of his income from the age of 25 and has instilled among all of us (4 sons and 2 daughters) to be giving no matter what our circumstances are.
My Dad (Abdul Hameed Ahmed) was born in Hyderabad, India and migrated to United States in 1993. He started off his career after completing his Under Graduate in 1958 at an age of 21 years and has never stopped working. He was a clerk in the beginning in Indian Railways and then rose up to be a General Manager of a Trading/Import-Export Company.
He lead a wonderful life full of sacrifices for his children and helped shape them up. He stayed alone in Saudi Arabia between 1978 and 1992 for 14 years to provide decent quality of life and create opportunities for his children. We are proud of our Dad for all the good things he has done and more importantly, for instilling a sense of purpose in all our lives.
Dear Dad... We love you and want to wish you a wonderful Birthday and are looking forward to seeing you continue what you are doing until you are 100.