Last week my dad was in the hospital for some tests and help with is breathing. As you might expect, we were all a little worried (he is, after-all, almost 79 years old). Fortunately, he checked out alright and has returned home to his little casita in Elfrida.
|Dad when he was young.|
While this was happening I paused several times to think back on some of the things I remember about growing up with Dad. Here are a few memories I have, in no particular order, of my dad as I grew up in his care.
|A few years after I left home.|
1. Learning to drive that big Desoto when I was 12 so I could get mom places if she needed (she had problems and couldn't drive). We went out into the forest in Flagstaff and he gave me a few lessons. I could barely reach the pedals but I felt like a real big shot.
2. Dad used to take me with him, once in a while, when he was a salesman for a meat company. One time we bought firecrackers and I was throwing them out the window at cars we passed. As we passed one car I tossed the fireworks but they hit the door frame and came back in the car. My ears didn't stop ringing for a week.
3. Dad didn't show emotion much but I remember him crying when he read a story that included the passing of his little sister Jane. I was very touched by his love for someone who had been gone so long.
4. We always had the best garden in the neighborhood – even when we didn't have much of a yard in Flagstaff. The neighbors were very jealous of Dad’s green thumb.
5. As a teen, I was not always the most intelligent person (I get it now but not then). I was dating a young lady that was of good moral character but every night I was at her home (always with her family around) the phone would ring and someone would call out, “Mike, it’s your dad.” I would go to the phone and hear the words, “don’t you think it’s about time to come home?” It was extremely frustrating and embarrassing but looking back, I am very grateful because, even in my teenage brain, I knew that my dad loved me and was trying to help me be good.
|Love Dad's smile!!|
I love my father and have always looked up to him as an example of what a dad should be. He encouraged me to be a man and was the guiding light for all that I have become as a father.
Thanks dad and stay healthy so we can have you with us many more years.