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90 years old…Lessons learned from my Dad

February 22, 2009

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Today is S.A. Parvin’s 90th birthday. Why is this special? Because he is my Dad. What does this have to do with real estate? Very little but I don’t care.

Dad is my home. Not only did he provide me with a roof over my head but he made it (along with my Mom) a haven and place of refuge from the harshness of this world. He was and is a war hero, a hard working man, a GREAT golfer (he would really like you to know this especially), a devoted husband, a loving father. He is simply extraordinary.

I listed a home in Orlando today that is 1,000 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is strikingly similar to the home I grew up in and the home in which my parents raised FOUR kids after WWII. How did we all fit in this house? We thought it was a mansion. In later years we moved upscale to the Country Club and a different lifestyle but that small home in North Miami remains a place that I remember with great fondness.

In today world we forget that as cliché as it sounds…home is where the heart is. A home is not simply an investment. For many of us our homes are a place for love and laughter. They are a little slice of heaven on earth. We would be wise to remember this always.

Happy 90th Birthday Dad! It’s still good to go home.