I’ve always valued quality over quantity so I have many, not tons of, friends entrenched in my life with whom I can share just about anything. One friend has always stood above the rest…my BFF, the one I met in college 32 years ago. She knows EVERYTHING and she’ll take it to her grave or I’ll blackmail her with every single scary skeleton I’m hiding for her!
I’m not going to write about her because it’s too easy.
Growing up, Dad traveled and Mom tried to get us to behave. He was the stern, distant, humorless type who no one considered looking at cross-eyed or disobeying for fear of? Funny, I don’t ever remember receiving a punishment from him.
He lost his dad to melanoma at 7 and entered military boarding school…tough life. Thinking his “job” as dad was to provide for our needs and the best education possible, I’ve cut him some slack for lack of a fatherly role model. He went to college at night, after I was born. Dad’s a tough cookie; no one was ever to question him but I did when he said or did something that I didn’t think was cool. At first, he was shocked. Now he doesn’t want to disappoint ME. Crazy!
We weren’t close until his first grandchild was born. I saw the tenderness and love he had for me through her. Said he worried endlessly about taking care of us when we were young. He called her Gina by mistake and still does sometimes 21 years later. They’ve shared a bond from the minute she was born.
Fast forward to August 2010, Dad suffered a stroke that was one centimeter away from leaving him drooling. We were very lucky. The biggest change? He now giggles. My kids love the “new” Grandpa even more because they can crack him up from almost nothing. He’s also much more sensitive and sentimental. When I call for Mom and Dad answers (would NEVER answer the phone in the past), he asks, “Did you call for me?” and I answer, “Of course, what’s up?” Sweet, sweet man of mine!
Gifts from my Dad are endless but here’s a few…
Motown, Mama’s and Papa’s, Petula Clark, The Moody Blues
Importance of Family
Red Birthday roses every year since I was 16
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FRIENDSHIP
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Written for his daughters, Sam Lianas says it's about perfect moments, how rare they are but you find them every once in a while. Love this!
Exploring friendship. Talk about a current friendship or one from your past, a friend you met over kindergarten snacks or happy hour at your first job. Examine your emotional interest in the friendship and the role it plays, or played, in your life.
The word limit for this prompt is 400 words.