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On Father's Day.

This is the first Father's Day I will spend without my father. Dad died of pneumonia on August 22, 2006, after suffering for almost a decade from the insidious degerative effects of Parkinson's disease. He was 81.

Dad was an intelligent man - he authored a text book on electrical engineering and accumulated a small fortune through prudent investing. He was also a talented artist and had a life-long passion for the piano. Dad was a much continted man in the last half of his life; he stopped drinking and smoking and became an active member of his church. The only vice he induldged in was an obsession for conservitive politics.

Unfortunately, however, my father and I were never close. As a young man - a young father - my dad was a distant angry man. As a child I was unable to understand why he was so unhappy. In my young mind I presumed the problem was me and I dealt with the situation by withdrawing into a lonesome fantasy world. My parents rarely argued in front of me, but I can only guess how my mother handled my father's dark moods.

I harbored a deep resentment of my father. I finally escaped by enlisting in the Army. I didn't say goodbye.

As the years passed and my father changed, so did my attitude about him. I became influenced by the philosophy of the noted psychiatrist Dr. David Viscott, and forgave my father. My family and I were suprised by how many people attended dad's funeral. I believe he would have been suprised too. I plan to visit his grave today and share some time with him.

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by johnjohndoe

Blog 26
I am truely sorry for your loss. As we get older we sometimes realize we have more in common with our parents and we are able to enjoy them more. Thanks for sharing this.

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: June 19, 2007 )

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