The Best Father’s Day Ever All Around the Country
On Friday, his stepson showed up with the family.
Stepson gave stepdad the kind of hug he hadn’t previously
received in eighteen years.
On Saturday, when they left to go back to Chicago
stepson hugged him just like he had on Friday and
stepdad wondered why but was grateful.
On Sunday, his daughter called from an Arizona back-
packing trip with a rattlesnake and a Gila monster. She
blithely blew that off to focus on her dad.
On Sunday, a little later, his son called from Colorado
to ask how his dad’s Father’s Day was going. They
exchanged pleasantries and then the
Forty-three year old kid said, for the first time ever,
“Dad, I love you with all my heart and you are the
best dad I could ever have.”
Dad cried a shrill, sharp whine into the phone and
embarrassed handed it to his wonderful wife to
finish the conversation.
After reflecting on his hideous, involuntary utterance
of joy, he gave thanks he wasn’t running for president
like Howard Dean had.
At least his loving son won’t cancel their relationship
like the Governor got his campaign for highest
office cancelled virtually on the spot.