By Natalie Caine, M.A.
NABBW’s Empty Nest Expert
None of these photos are my dad. They are my dad\’s imaginary best friends.
I loved seeing him, just home from a match, club bag on arm and clicking sounding shoes, coming across the floor.
Not his profession, his weekend obsession. If he wasn\’t in a game, as he grew frail, he and I would curl up, TV on high volume, cheering about something that I never did figure out, except when the white ball rolled on the green and into that circle.
He wasn\’t into teaching. The match was his relaxation time. I just wanted to be by him. That is the memory that popped in right now. Me with a big smile.
He had a special wooden salad bowl, painted with flowers, that I now have. I have his patterned pullover sweater in my closet. I have his love for me, always, in my eyes and heart. I hope he has my love for him, always, in his eyes and heart. Love has no end, does it……?
Dads, Fathers, Papas, all celebrated, some with a favorite meal, a tie, a hand print, a Popsicle stick frame, a love card, a picnic, a bike ride, a gadget, basketball game, or even an album of memories.
Dads, just writing the word and hearing DAD in my head, I see him, still tall, dark and handsome to ME. A gentle anchor. He didn\’t need much.
Peace and quiet after a long, six day work week. A giggle, time together, a story about the day. Happy Father\’s Day.
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