If you’ve read earlier posts (thank you to the almost 500 that have!!) you’ll know I’m a bit blue on Father’s Day. It’s been almost 27 years since my dad died, but still this day is hard. I think part of the reason is my children, he obviously never met them. But I see so much of him in them (genetics are funny that way) and I know he would have been the doting grandfather I never had: I like to believe he saw Jake his his first homerun or Mikaela rock-out an amazing butterfly at the pool.
For myself, I miss this stories. Not the ones he told, but the ones he didn’t. Especially now as an adult, there’s so much I want to know. Sure, my mom can tell me how they met, where the huge scar on his arm came from- but I want his versions and the deeper stuff: what were the thoughts that kept him up at night, what did he want most for my sister and me?
For Father’s Day, extend the time. Give dad a notebook so he can record his thoughts for you or his grandkids. Even it’s a sentence or two a day, or a memory that seems trivial, someday that notebook will be cherished. Believe me, I wish I had one to read.
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