I listen to music blends on Sirius, and a song played frequently is Paul Simon's Slip Slidin' Away. One of the lyrics haunts me, no matter how many times I hear the song.
And I know a father
Who had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons
For the things he’d done
He came a long way
Just to explain
He kissed his boy as he lay sleeping
Then he turned around and headed home again
Today on Father's Day, let's turn it around. If you had the opportunity, what would you tell your dad, or what would you ask him?
Perhaps half of my readers can still phone their dad, and talk to him. Others, like me, can no longer have that conversation.
So what would I say to my dad, if given the opportunity?
How about, "I'm sorry I didn't understand you." Or "I'm sorry I didn't appreciate you more and I never had a good perspective of how you loved me."
My question for him would be, "Can you tell me your passions?"
I had a good relationship with my dad. I can compose a list of what I thought his passions were. But now I wish I had asked him what he thought his passions were.