Happy Father's Day
6/15/2012 9:10:00 AM
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One of my favorite pictures taken at my grandparent's home when I was in college. My Dad, now 75 years old is still alive and well and even mows a rather large backyard at my parent's home.
It was my Dad who taught me the proper way to throw a baseball, who instilled a life long interest in reading and learning. When I was in fourth grade, I wanted something new to read, and he pulled out a paperback from my parent's little bookshelf that was part of their bed. It was a collection of some Edgar Allen Poe short stories, some having to do with being accidently buried alive, and as a 10 year old with a vivid imagination, it scared me to the point that I didn't want to go to sleep for a few nights.
He also had a knack of recognizing some interesting talents I had and encouraged them in his own way, which included taking out a loan to purchase a rather expensive electric guitar for me, when I hadn't even thought of asking for one.
By the way, the person in the middle of this photo is my Dad's younger brother, and my Uncle Patrick. He was born five years (nearly to the day) after I was born. During that time, I would come by to my grandparent's home and bring him back to campus on several weekends. He didn't go to college, but joined the Air Force. Sadly, he would die of cancer at 39.
Happy Father's Day, Dad.