This weekend is Father’s Day, and so Dad, this is for you:
Remember when I was little, and we played, “Hellooooo?” And then you bounced me on your knees and made me laugh?
You remember all those times when I was a teenager and then when I was in college and you and I argued all the time? How you and I would yell and then stomp away from one another? Remember how you would get mad if I jokingly told mom, “Shut up,” and you would say, “LYDIA! Don’t talk to your mother like that!”
Remember when we used to walk the neighborhood at your speed? How much we loved Poncho’s and Ashley’s chicken fried steak?
Do you remember all those times you introduced me with my sister’s name, and I would lovingly correct you?
Remember when I hit rock bottom, and you simply held me and told me it would be ok? And it was?
Do you remember all of those moments?
Because I do, and I love you.