Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A 35 Year Old Memory--My Dad was Cool!
"Dad, can we go fishing?" I asked impatiently as my dad stepped out of his car door.
"Sure, we have time to go wet a hook!" My dad responded as patted my shoulder, walked past me through the front door, into the kitchen and kissed my mom. By the time supper was over, I already had our tackle packed and we were on our way to the lake to wet a hook!
My dad and I rarely caught anything on those wet a hook trips to the lake. However, 35 years later, I realize we caught much more than fish. We caught memories of talking, listening and doing nothing more than being together. My dad (a wonderful fisherman by the way) knew exactly what he was doing on these evening outings and used the right bait for the catch--fishing, cokes at the gas station and no pressure time alone with his son. Yes, my dad caught me and I am eternally blessed that he did!
As an adult, I look back on those "Dad, can we go fishing?" ambushes I made on my dad and am even more impressed with his answer of "Yes!" My dad woke up early, drove to Dallas (when I35 was two lanes), worked hard and got home (like clockwork) exhausted each day--still, he made time for me when I am sure he would have rather talked with mom or taken a nap. My dad gave me his time! That is why he remains one of my heroes and a model of the type of dad I strive to be for my two wonderful children.
So today, as I went back to my home town for lunch with a friend, I stopped by the lake and took the above picture of one of the spots my Dad and I would often go to wet a hook. It has been 19 years since my dad went home to be with my Father in Heaven and, almost weekly, realize how blessed I am to have had a dad who knew how to fish...for a strong relationship with his son. Yes, my dad was cool!
Thanks Dad! I pray my "fishing" produces the same results in my own children!
Question: What are some of the simple (but great) things your parent(s) and/or significant adult(s) did with you that sowed the seeds of a strong, caring and loving relationship? (BTW: I purposefully used the words "did with you.")