MY DAD WAS...

HIPSTER PRE-HIPSTER

 

MY DAD WAS...

A FATHER OF FOUR

 

MY DAD WAS...

HUSBAND, UNCLE, BROTHER-IN-LAW, FATHER-IN-LAW, GRANDFATHER

 

MY DAD WAS...

SUPPORTIVE, BRILLIANT, WITTY, OUTDOORSY

 

 

MY DAD LIKED MEDICINE.

HE LOVED DIET PEPSI. MUSIC. BROADWAY SHOWS.

 

HE LOVED TO TRAVEL. HE LOVED MAPS.  HE LOVED SPEAKING SPANISH.

 

MY DAD WAS COMPLICATED.

HIS EXPECTATIONS WERE HIGH.

HE SOMETIMES SEEMED ALOOF.

 

POLYSYLLABIC.  

HE DEMANDED I BE POLYSYLLABIC WHEN I WAS SHY AND QUIET.

IT DROVE ME CRAZY.

BUT IT WORKED.

 

HIS LATTER YEARS WERE PAINFUL, CONFUSING, UNCOMFORTABLE...

THEY DILUTED HIM, THEY DIMMED HIS PRESENCE, THEY DIVIDED HIS CLOSEST FAMILY.

BUT THEY REVEALED TRUTHS THAT COULD NO LONGER BE HIDDEN.

 

ABOUT HIMSELF.  ABOUT HIS LIFE. ABOUT ME.

 

AND SO I AM GRATEFUL.

TO THE MAN, TO HIS LIFE, TO HIS FINAL ACT.

FOR PROTECTING ME. FOR ENCOURAGING ME. FOR CHALLENGING ME.