It was Father’s Day yesterday and I asked the question to myself then
and when I visited my dad later in the afternoon
and now late tonight. . .
I’ve never had much of an argument in my life let alone an actual fight.
there was that time in fourth grade where Clyde Albert
and I got into a fight. . .
I’m not sure about what,
. . .Or the time playing varsity basketball I took a rebound off of a guy who took a swing at me that I was fortunately lucky to have
ducked. . .
. . .Or the time we were playing pick-up intramural ball and my high school coached on purpose cold-cocked me from behind after I stole the ball from him. . .
But actual fisticuffs brawl. . .
u h h h h h, n o,
not from this pacifist-non-confrontational-man.
Not ever, thankfully for any of my five children or six grandchildren,
H O W E V E R
I can’t remember many times in their lives
when I haven’t done that for each of them. . .
D A I L Y
I love this clip from CINDERELLA MAN, where boxer-daddy Jim Braddock played by Russell Crowe, had once been able to provide for his family in a very lavish way. . .and then injured and during the Great Depression, he finds himself unemployed and unable to meet even their most basic needs. Unbelievably, while Jim and his wife, Mae aren’t able to protect their kids from the devastating effects of poverty, they still create stability and a sense of normalcy in their lives through the strength of their love and sacrifice.
I love this clip from CINDERELLA MAN because when it came to providing for his wife and children, there was no fight too big or unchallenged by him.
Parents. . .
dads do that, don’t they?
I remember my parents sacrificing for me and my two brothers and sister;
I remember my dad working and then coming home late because he kept working after he worked;
I remember working myself and never really counting it as any cost when it came to providing. . .
I still don’t;
I’m one of those guys
that actually gives my kids gift cards,
or in the past,
because of the honor they gave me of not only being their dad,
but the awesome honor of supporting them;
Olivia, Gina, Angie, Zoe, and Connor
took a man and made him a
f a t h e r ,
but allow him still to be there
d a d,
in their own individual ways.
I never had to step into a ring or the arena to
f i g h t f o r m i l k
for my children and grandchildren. . .
but I have hopefully done much more
for so much less
. . .that my actions may show what no word of love could ever convey to them will continue to be my personal crusade
F A T H E R’ S D A Y
Yes. . .
Y E S
It was celebrated just yesterday,
The best part?
I never plan on living a day without celebrating
T H A T
I love this clip from Cinderella Man. . .
Now. . .
for that glass of milk