Sunday, June 18, 2006

Four Days Off and Missing Dad...

Happy Father's Day! (where applicable)
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Me, I'm just trying to recoup from the weekend that was... I've travelled throughout the midwest. I've gotten to know the different ports of call that are a thrill to say the least. I'm tired but it's a good kind of tired. I could expound about the different things that happened to me this weekend but it pales in comparison. I have been involved in things ranging from rockers and festivals to blue grass (hi JXN) and the fact that the women's football team won their season finale and there was celebration amongst the masses... okay about 30 0f us... but I digress...
The most important thing that really hit home for me was that this weekend was father's day and it was the first without my ol' man... Even that was not soooo bad... but in one of the movies that were being shown on the bus to Erie, PA on Saturday was 'Glory Road' and part of the soundtrack included the motown classic 'Shotgun' from Jr. Walker and the Allstars. That was my father's absolute, all-time favorite song... bar none! Didn't matter what mood my dad was in, when he heard that song, I could see my ol'man start shucking and jiving like a kid... it would bring an instant smile to my face and to those around him. I remember at my kid sister's wedding when the DJ struckup 'Shotgun'... our whole entire family surrounded my father and we danced like crazy fools and it is one memory I'll always remember! Sunday was my first without my pop... It was bittersweet in that I smiled at the memories that I have of that song but it still didn't matter... my dad's gone and anytime that I see the Cubs play baseball, or hear that song, I think of him and miss him tremendously. I wish he was healthy and around. But I know that he is in a much better place and I'm not here to wish him back on any terms... He's in paradise... why would I wish him to be pulled away from that?

4 comments:

The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

It is good that you miss your Dad and still think of him so often. While he is in a better place now, it is no sin to grieve for him still. God gave us memory for a reason and I am glad that you have "Shotgun" and the Cubs to evoke those memories of times shared, lessons learned - and that you can touch eternity as you remember him.
Kate+

Maggs said...

Mik, your posts are always so heartfelt. You make me tear up, they are so beautiful. God bless.

Riccie said...

You are blessed to have such memories. Thank you for sharing them.

Jackson said...

yeah you teared me up too :( You'll see him again but as the black dude in my fav movie Gladiator says, "Not yet." ;)

Glory Road huh? You know that was Kentucky and Pat Riley they were playing in the Final game. Good ole Pat :) I bet he's feeling fine today!