When you’re an adult, and you want to give your Dad a Father’s Day Gift that means something, don’t go digging in your wallet. My dad and I live a country apart, and don’t get to spend much time together anymore. But a few years ago I wrote this to him on Father’s Day, and every year he pulls it out to look at it.
Some great childhood memories of times spent with my dad:
- Bring 9 & playing Rummy for four hours straight until 1 am
- Rainy day picnics watching Fables of the Green Forest
- Watching The Breakfast Club & Fright Night about a million times one summer
- Driving around in a beat-up Ranchero listening to Steppenwolf, The Who, Led Zepplin and Muddy Waters over and over again
- Learning to drive in the beat-up Ranchero
- Long walks through the woods, mountains, gravel pits, fields, rivers , neighborhoods; my dad knew all of the cool places a kid would like to discover
- Colouring with me in CareBears and My Little Pony books on boring days
- Adventures on a Harley-Davidson
- Putting up Tie-dyed clouds on the ceiling of my room
- Letting me plaster the walls with heavy metal posters at 12
- Dark Shadows
- Lord of the Rings, Little House in the Big Woods, Gus the Firefly, the epic bedtime stories
- Billy Jack, Cool Hand Luke, A CLockwork Orange, The Godfather and the rest of my Classics education
- Chasing me down the grocery isle with a box of tampons
- Theatre life
- That white water rafting trip on the New River
- Stopping at the corner store for chocolate milks
- Staring up at the night sky
- That time you told me you were going to go bald and I cried and cried and cried
- Talking to me about the songs on the mixed tapes/CDs I made you, so I’d know you were listening to them and taking an interest in the things I like
We didn’t ever have much in the money department, but we had a lot of love.
I can only hope that one day my kids will remember their childhoods with me with as much laughter and love as I remember mine with my dad. We had a lot of hard times, but never did I doubt there was love.