It's not that I would have forgotten it entirely; my two beautiful daughters were the first ones to remind me, bright and early when my cell phone rang, jarring me out of that reoccurring dream of Charlize Theron and an ill fitting swimsuit.
I melted when I heard their voices – thinking back to the first time I held them in my arms and savored that new-baby scent you'd long forget when they reached sixteen, but there was something that just kept gnawing at me… when it boiled right down to it –I guess I felt the selfish pain of having no one that I could call – no one I could wish a Happy Fathers Day to… you see, my father passed away five-years ago.
Yea, I could call my brother or any number of family members, and wish them success on their ability to reproduce, but it wasn't the same. Today, all I wanted to do was talk to my Dad.
I wanted to be able to call him one last time on the house line (my father used cell phones about as frequently as Travis Henry used condoms) and discuss the Lakers recent NBA Championship, the Broncos upcoming season, the Colorado Rockies recent success, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Clippers (failures), the Suns…any of the teams I've covered over the course of 20-some odd years.
I wanted to talk all about how well the kids were doing in school, the view from my new apartment, the weather in Colorado, and how all the relatives were all getting along. Politics, religion, the length of my hair…. Cars, catastrophes, Tiger Wood's infidelities, World events, the price of tea in China, oil spills, Obama, Bush - Part One and Part Two and how OJ got away with it because those with money always seem to find a way to beat the system. (Old topic but still fun to talk about)
Somewhere, in the middle of it all, he'd ask to make sure I had my tires inflated, I'd checked my oil and I was up to date on all my taxes… Then he would close with the only words that ever made me really feel secure in the world…
I love you…
I love you too Dad – it was great talking to you – Happy Father's Day.
For all of you fortunate enough to have a Father still active in your life – make sure you tell them how much you love them and how much they mean to you… unfortunately for all of us, there comes a day when you may not able to.
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past twelve-years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio and Internet stations around the country. You can follow all of Schon's updates on Twitter - Facebook or drop him an email at Michael John Schon
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