My Dad being awarded his Military Hall of Fame metal.
As many of my regular listeners know, my Dad passed away on this date a couple of years ago. One of my thousands of fond memories of him revolved around my birthday and the baseball All Star game.
Every year from the time I was 10 until I graduated high school at 17 Dad and I would go to a Cubs-Reds double header that was always around my birthday and just before the All Star break. I was the only one in a Cubs cap. The Reds were always better and beat the Cubs with ease. In part that is what prepared me to be a Cleveland Sports fan. Somehow I always cheer for the losers.
After the games we would go to a restaurant and have a good meal. While we were always very close, this time together during a work day seemed to be special to me.
While this post may seem a bit self-serving, I ask your indulgence. My point here is that we never know as parents what will sick in the minds of our children. It is also that when a parent or grandparent is involved in a special memory for you, you should take the time to tell them and thank them.
I was very fortunate that I always had a great relationship with both my parents. I never went through the phase of believing I was smarter than they were. I talked to them several times a day.
On the night before Dad died we spent almost the entire evening talking over old times. We both knew he was near the end. While I miss him so very much, I am so glad we had so much time together. I just wish I had been half as good a Dad to my kids as he was to me.
That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.
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