Blog Post: Memoir Monday – Belated Father’s Day

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father’s Day was yesterday and, like so many days of the year, I thought about my dad and all the accomplishments of his life.  While he wasn’t around yesterday for me to wish him a Happy Father’s Day, he’s in my thoughts always and never far from anything I do.

I grew up in Winter Park, Florida where my parents moved after my dad retired from the Air Force. My dad had been in and out of the hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany by then, and they decided to move to Florida.  One of my favorite memories of my dad is when he and I would go out for an occasional breakfast on an early Saturday morning. Our adventure would take us to Dunkin’ Donuts or Frish’s Big Boy, or some other new place in town that we wanted to check out.  It was time spent together, just the two of us.  If I was lucky I could accompany him to the hardware store where he needed to buy supplies for a weekend project.  I loved spending time with my dad, and I was lucky that my time with him wasn’t limited just to Father’s Day.  It’s too late now to hear my dad talk about his memories and what he remembers about certain times in the military or our family life, so I rely on my memory, journals, newspaper clippings, audio tapes, stories from friends, and photographs to tell the story.  The pieces are coming together.

I’ll always keep those times close to my heart, and hope you remember the special times you spent with your dad, too. It’s a little belated, but I’m shouting out some special Father’s Day wishes to my late father-in-law, my brothers-in-law, my nephew and my uncles.  You’re all pretty special to me.

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