My dad turned 72 this month. It seems he will always be in his early 50's in my mind though. I will always remember my 50 year old dad racing me up the front lawn after walking home from the store. His straight legs were churning so fast like scissor blades in a kindergarten classroom. He won the race because I was frozen in my tracks out of pure shock that he could get himself going so fast.
My in-his-70s dad is really good at telling me it will be alright. "It will all work out" has been his saying of choice lately. I think I will remember my in-his-70s dad as trying to let things happen as they happen while offering encouraging words the best he knows how. For a person who is naturally a worrier, his calmness can be very encouraging.
A birthday tradition for Grandpa is getting him an interesting bag of popcorn along with his other gifts. This year we found "Big Papa's Pickled Popcorn" made in Waterloo, Wisconsin.