A memory of my Dad

Dad being awarded his Military Hall of Fame metal

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 http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ 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/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

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Join me on the Internet radio version of News, Notes and Rumors Mon, Thurs, and Friday at 6 PM EST on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Follow me @NNRonDSN Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has 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 http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.