One year ago, on this day, I found out my dad was dying. Two months later he’d be gone. As I contemplate motherhood (hopefully soon!) I think about my father. I was (and still am) a daddy’s girl. We had a special relationship that I cherish to this day. Words can never express how much he meant to me or how much I miss him. So, I’ll just mention some of my favorite childhood memories that he gave me.
- Birthday Talks/Letters: Every year when I was a kid my dad would make a big deal about my birthday “Oh you are 10 now!? The big 1-0! Well, that means I need to give you the 10 year old talk!” Sometimes he would write me a birthday letter. He loved to write. What I wouldn’t give to still have those letters.
- The Radio Show Game: It was the 80s folks! My dad bought me a radio (with a recorder) on a vacation once and we loved to play “Radio Show”. He’d pretend I was a celebrity and ask me questions. I never felt more special! I have always loved advertising…and my parents knew it so my dad also encouraged me to record commercials during the “Radio Show” break….once I did a soap commercial and when we came back from “break” my dad asked me “so Serah, do you actually use dove soap?” and I said “No! I just advertise it” then my dad stopped the recorder and informed me that if you advertise a product you have to lie and say you use it. Thanks for the advice dad! I’ll use that when I finally become famous!
- Wrestling: My dad was 40 when I was born and 45 when my brother came along. Many times my friend’s parents thought he was my grandpa. But he still wrestled with my brother and I….oh how we loved to jump on him and push him around! 12 hour work days and he always played with us when he could.
- Super Mario Bros: I think he played Nintendo more than we did! He was very intense when he played…he was not messing around!
- Death Game: This is going to sound crazy but I swear it was totally innocent and fun! Whenever my dad and I would go out on a “date” I’d push and push to play the death game. I have no idea how this game started or whose idea it was but I know I loved to play! The basics of the game was to look around at our surroundings and figure out ways to kill someone. For example: “I’d hang them from the ceiling fan over there!!” I’d giggle and get all excited. I was such a cute kid too…I wonder what my dad thought about my morbid sense of humor!
- Getting Married: When I was really little I loved dressing up and pretending to get married…my dad was always the groom and my mom the photographer. As I got older I looked back and thought “huh, that was weird” but apparently its common and normal…so there!
Well, those are some of my favorite childhood memories. I miss you dad…hope you have internet in heaven so you can read this…or at least the Game Show Network or Laurel and Hardy…love you.