“Thank you” may be the most appreciated Father’s Day gift of all

1959 Mercury Monterey

1959 Mercury Monterey – Ours was metallic green (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My father died of cancer when I was 17.  I remember the family vacations in that big 1959 Mercury Monterey, and I remember being shown how to take things apart and fix them.  I remember the family times and holidays.  I remember the prolonged illness and the changes it caused in my mother, as I was slipping into my rebellious years.

About this time every year I wonder how my life would be different now had my father lived.  One thing’s for sure – he worked hard and sacrificed for his family and probably never got a word of direct thanks for that. So here we are approaching Father’s Day, yet another commercialized holiday.  Maybe for this year, you could forget about buying a tie or a gadget for Dad, and sit down with him for a few quiet, serious moments and give him a big THANK YOU.

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