My Dad’s name was Shelly Dobkins. He and my now husband Steve worked together for World Savings way back when my husband Steve was a young up and comer and before I knew him. Shelly always saw something in Steve and admired his intelligence, integrity and class.
I met Shelly when I was young and green in the corporate world after I graduated with a minor in psychology and a major in business management. At 24 years my senior, he became a friend and mentor to me for business and corporate advice. Then as we talked more deeply over the years he learned that I was (mostly verbally, but sometimes a little more) abused by my biological father and my step father. He then started taking on more of a personal role in my life paternally.
I finally asked him 20 or so years ago if I could call him Dad. He was thrilled. He came when I got a new apartment to check the security, he checked the tires on my car, he made sure the gas stove was working properly, he did all the things no one had ever done for me and that I never even knew needed to be done.
Steve had married young to an Asian American woman and they never had kids. I think he was married to her for about 7 years. In the course of their divorce, Shelly being the jewish Dad started harping Steve about meeting me. It pissed Steve off and he told Shelly that he and his wife were not even living separately yet, how would he dare try to set him up on a date so soon! He was harping me too and I thought why would this very good looking man going through a divorce want a woman 3 years older? Shelly, my Jewish Dad, of course was trying to get me settled with a good man. So sweet.
Shelly finally invited us to a “huge BBQ” at his and Myra’s house in Newport Beach. It was four of us. They left the two of us alone on the patio overlooking the bay with wine. The rest is history. I’m married and living with my soul mate. Shelly found him for me.
So, this man, my Dad, not only tremendously in so many ways helped me as a young, vulnerable woman in the corporate world, he gave me the gift of my life, which is my husband.
I grieve my Father’s death tonight.
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