June 14, 2008
On this Father’s Day, I cannot help but reflect on my father’s influence in my life. With an Associate’s degree in nursing, he is one of the smartest people I know. He has so much trivia rolling around in his head that we always tell him that he could be on one of those trivia shows and win the million. He’s certainly smarter than a fifth grader. He has a great sense of humor that I have picked up from a young age. We would always get into trouble with my mom for our sarcasm.
He has so many other attributes that I’m sure would bore all of you if I were to go into them here. However, the most important trait that I love and appreciate about my dad is his ability to support us in our decisions, even if they haven’t been decisions that he had hoped we would make. So, this long winded tribute to my father simply is meant to lead to the song about fathers that deeply resonates with me, which is Conway Twitty’s “That’s My Job”.
It is a sweet song about a father who supports his son without an inclination of hesitation. In fact, he unequivocally feels that being a support to his son is his job: “That’s my job/that’s what I do/everything I do is because of you to keep you safe with me/that’s my job you see.”
The song’s simple bridge ultimately captures the way I feel about my dad: “Every person carves his spot and fills the hole with light/and I pray some day I might light as bright as he.”
That’s my favorite. What’s yours?