Fathers Day, June 21st, 2009
Fathers Day is this Sunday, so I’m going to go a little off topic here. I feel the need to indulge in a little remembrance. My dad, David L. Harlow Jr. has been gone from me for 18 years now. That is so hard for me to believe. He was only 56 when he passed.
I learned a lot of things from my dad. Some good, and some bad. I think you’re going to find that in pretty much any parent/child relationship. We are humans, and none of us are perfect. My dad was not perfect, and I can’t say that I have been the perfect Father myself. The important thing is that we do care for, and love our children deeply.
I’m not one to dwell on negative issues. What is is. What was was. Life goes on. I do however revel in the good things in my past present and future. My Dad taught me a great deal about life. He introduced me to the wonders of nature. Time we shared hunting and fishing together are precious memories to me.
He taught me about unconditional love. Even though my dad had a bad temper, there was never any doubt to me that he had love fully in his heart. He enjoyed meeting and talking to people. He’d strike up a friendly conversation with a perfect stranger in a heartbeat. He loved to laugh, and joke, and simply enjoy life. I can so remember his smile. It was brilliant and REAL!
He taught me about self confidence. There was nothing that he was afraid to try to do. He wasn’t always good at the things he tried, but he didn’t care. He at least had tried to do it. That is one of my strongest traits. I owe this to him.
He taught me to take the time to slow down and enjoy the little, simple things in life. The sounds, smells, sights, and excitement of everyday things. Laughter, the babble of running water along a mountain stream. Wood smoke from a campfire. Frost on autumn leaves in the early morning. Family get togethers. The importance of saying I Love You.
This is the legacy that I gained from my Father. Take some time this weekend to reflect on exactly what it is that your Father has passed on to you. Do something extra special for him while he is still in your life.
I miss you Dad, and I Love You.
To All of the Fathers out there, have a terrific Fathers Day!!!
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