Age Quod Agis
Leah Walker March 30, 2012

Age quod agis is Latin for “Do what you do with all of yourself.” And since my dad doesn’t want me to buy him anything for his 70th birthday, I’m going to write something for him. Age quod agis.

Dad_Track Dad is the 1961 440 yard (400 m) Texas State Champion.

My dad is a man of few words. He listens more than he talks, which is a pretty convenient considering I like to talk. And if there is a book on the Vietnam War he hasn’t read, I’d be shocked. A voracious reader, my dad keeps Amazon in business and the public library open. He’s even come into the 21st century and bought a Kindle. My dad is a history lover and could teach me a million things, that is, if I could get him to talk about it.

Dad_ipodDad has Beats and an iPod, too.

He’ll tell you that he was only a few hours away from earning his Ph.D; it took me approximately thirty years to find this out about my dad. When I asked him why he didn’t go ahead and get it, he answered, “I didn’t want people to call me doctor.”  With his dead-pan delivery, I’m still not sure if he was serious or not. I guess I’ll find this out and a whole lot more when he finishes his memoirs.

Dad_Santa Dad will even wear silly hats for me.

My dad has seen the world, but is happiest in his living room chair or at the ranch. He still has that explorer spirit, but now instead of going to India, he heads to Galveston to catch a cruise ship bound for Mexico. Would you believe he took the EXACT SAME CRUISE FOUR TIMES IN THE SPAN OF A YEAR? That’s the funniest thing ever, but that’s my dad. He likes to people watch, gamble a little, see the shows, and read on the deck. If he’s by himself, which is often now that my mom has passed away, he doesn’t even step foot ashore until he’s back in Galveston.

Dad_Ranch Dad likes to go to the ranch and spend time with his grandchildren.

For his 69th birthday, my dad went to Vegas for the first time since my wedding. I gave him my suggestions since I’m a Vegas addict, but he had most of it covered. He had shows planned for each of the nights he was there. I’ll never forget how he stood in line for the Australian Bee Gees show at the Excalibur. Except it wasn’t the Australian Bee Gees. Oh, they were Australian, but the line he was standing in was for the Thunder from Down Under. I have a feeling a bunch of oiled-up Aussies gyrating around wasn’t the show he wanted to watch.

Dad_GoWithOh Dad is willing to do any crazy thing I ask of him. Even this.

I want to wish my dad a very happy 70th birthday and thank him for always supporting and loving me. He is willing to help me even in my most hair-brained schemes. While I’m off traveling the world, he takes care of my dogs and loves them as much as I do. Perhaps the thing that I appreciate most about my dad is his unselfishness, especially when it came to my mother’s cancer. Remaining strong and supportive while caring for someone with a terminal illness is probably the most difficult experience one will ever go through. He has mental fortitude, just another reason why I love him.

Dad_Football Dad (#26) was a college football stud. Maybe that’s where he got his mental fortitude.

Happy 70th, Dad. You’ve given me the world!

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for three years, and was recently awarded another four with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.


  1. So sweet, Leah. I think this post is better than any gift you could have bought for your dad; it’s from the heart. Happy birthday, Leah’s dad, and many more!

  2. Happy birthday Uncle Freddie. I hope you have a fantastic birthday. Love you.
    Come see us if you get a chance to go up north!!
    Paula & Family

  3. what a wonderful birthday present Leah, he is a pretty special guy and you have told me things about him that I didn’t see, please pass along Happy Birthday to him from McAdoo Texas, he was really good to me and my kids!

    1. I’m happy to know that he made such an impact on you and your kids. Thanks for the birthday wishes and kind words. I know it means a lot to him.

  4. Happy Birthday, Mr. Walker You and Mrs. Walker had such a great impact on the lives of so many of your students and you are both remembered fondly. You should be so proud of Leah and the beautiful person she has become.

    1. You are far too sweet, James, concerning your comment about me. I always love hearing how my parents have impacted so many people in a positive way because I know how much they’ve done for me.

  5. Dad doesn’t talk much about himself. Even people who’ve known him much of his life would learn something. Dad is the pied piper for animals, so it doesn’t surprise me that Bruce likes him. Thanks for visiting.

  6. Happy Birthday to a great uncle-in-law AND next door neighbor. I’ve been lucky to benefit from the occasional words of wisdom (Lord knows I could benefit from him sharing more often!), and his culinary skills, which is another one of his talents. We all love Uncle Freddie and wish him many more cruises and birthdays.

  7. God bless you, Uncle Freddie. You’ve always been a stalwart, but never so much as in your care of my Maisy. Thank you for your hospitality and support of me. I’d love to visit you and the bluebonnets again. Or you come see us in the pine trees of NC! May you be given many more happy, healthy days in the land of the living.

  8. Thank you for reading, replying, and being my dad’s friend. He’s like an onion. You’ve just gotta peal away the layers.

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