Note from Marie: This is late only because I don't check the e-mail account connected to this site often enough. I first saw this today, and my gratitude goes out to IdahoBob for graciously allowing me to post this wonderful tribute to his father. As I told him, I think it is a message that resonates all year round.
A Fathers Day Lament
Today is Fathers Day, and it is the first time that I have not been able to talk to my father on this day. You see, he passed last July.
I was out of town for a month, working on a job in another state, and my wife called me one morning, on my boss's cell phone, to give me the news. It was not un-expected, 'cause he had recently had quadruple bypass surgery, and had developed pneumonia. He was a very sick man for next four months.
When we found out that he had developed pneumonia, we made the decision to travel to where he was hospitalized, (in that horrible Socialist State of Kalifornication) and spent two weeks with him. No hesitation or argument with each other, we packed and went.
Ya have to understand, my father was my hero. He was the most important man in my life. I loved him, deeply. And I told him so, often.
So today, especially, I miss him. there is a great big empty hole in my heart.
On this day, Fathers Day, hug your fathers hard, kiss 'em, tell 'em that you love 'em, and that they are the most important man in your life.
Make 'em your hero.