A Menswear Monday Birthday: 65

I’m all about birthdays. I’m a naturally excited person and if there’s a reason to celebrate, I celebrate. Birthdays are no exception. Today, the most important man in my life, my dad, turns 65. October 13, 1949 my amazing father was born and the world hasn’t been the same since. Let me tell you a little about my dad.

1My dad’s one of those bright and loving souls that you’re drawn to as soon as you meet. He’s definitely a Libra because besides being loving, wise, and comforting, he’s also very just and very loyal. My dad’s a rabbi and recently it’s really hit me how many lives hes touched. My dad’s everything from a mentor and counselor to a teacher and a friend. He’s a pillar in the community and it’s really humbling to realize how many people recognize just how amazing he is.

10710815_10152313362426207_7190006652490922770_nPapi Herstik has been there for my sister and I through thick and thin. He’s always the first to encourage me, always the first to tell me I can do whatever I put my mind to. I grew up in an incredibly loving and affectionate household and there has never been a day where “I love you” hasn’t been exchanged. Whether I want to talk about religion, life or fashion, my dad is always there to listen to me. My dad has always been the one to tell me that it’s okay, that life will be better tomorrow. I’m a persistent, albeit stubborn at times, and my dads own persistence in everything he does has definitely contributed to this. My dad always has the best intentions and that’s a trait that more people should have. 2My dad is the ultimate menswear inspiration. Look at him! He looks great for 65, even though he’s been bald for decades. I’m so thankful that he and my mom have taught my sister and I to take pride in who we are, in every facet. My dad can rock a pair of oxfords like nobodies business and he can carry my pup while doing it.3My dad was born to Holocaust survivors. Both my Grandma Rose and Grandpa Harry survived upwards of three years in concentration camps. Birthdays are especially important to celebrate when the odds seemed against you. The fact that my dad was born is pretty amazing. The fact that my dad is such a wonderful, beautiful, compassionate, persistent and kind soul is even more amazing. My dad is working in St.Thomas for the year so I wasn’t able to spend time with him and I wish I could have.

Papi, I love you. Thank you for being the best dad I could ever ask for.

Happy birthday, bald eagle.

Gabriela