It’s the time of year when commercial on TV and the radio are reminding everyone that Father’s Day is approaching. Stores hang signs to encourage shoppers to buy for “Grads and Dads”. I have to say it is my second most hated day of the year because it so blatantly reminds me that I don’t have my dad here to share in this holiday.
I lost my dad 7 years ago to cancer and my heart still aches and chokes my throat until tears fill my eyes. Most the time I remember all the fun times, but Father’s Day and the anniversary of his death still make me very angry. I wish more than anything we could have had the opportunity for a relationship in my adult years. I was only 21 when I lost him and he had just begun to offer advice and wisdom about becoming a grown-up. I wonder all the things I have missed, all the words and encouragement he could have offered, all the things I will never know.
This Father’s Day I want to share some of my favorite photos of my dad and me.
Even though he and my mother divorced when I was 6 and he lived 4 hours away, he always made trips to see my brother and me. We always loved to be silly together. He was always my motivator and encourager in school. He made the best mashed potatoes and chicken strips. When I was in college, he would drive to Denton just to buy me groceries.
He is the reason I worked so hard to graduate from the same college he did. He is the reason I joined Team In Training and raised money for cancer research. He is the reason I ran my first half marathon. He loved to run and he is always on my mind on a long run.
In Memory of my dad,
Daryl Len Thomas
Against the wind
I’m still running against the wind
Well I’m older now but still running
Against the wind
-Bob Seger “Against the Wind”