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What does the perfect Father’s Day look like? For some, it may be a day of hang gliding over the Alps with lanky, Swedish librarians. For others, it may involve catching oversize sea bass off the beaches of Costa Rica. Most dads don’t really care how the day goes. The last thing we need is another holiday to remember, but when given the choice, we can be creative. These days, the men in my life are solid. My grandfather, my father, and my son are all rock and rollers and I’m lottery lucky and proud to be mixed up with all of them. They are my perfect Father’s Day. Whether you get to be with the men in your life, whether you can dial them up, or just tell stories about what madmen they were, enjoy the privilege of being in the club.
Father’s Day Schedule
- Morning/Grandpa: I’ll begin the day with my Grandpa, playing guitars in his backyard in Gardendale. He’ll sing old gospel songs that I know from Grateful Dead albums. Well take turns picking out the songs and then we’ll sing and play together. Some are songs that I’ve known forever and he as well. Some of them are so old nobody knows who wrote them (trad/anon). No matter how long we play or how much the fingers get tired and sore, I can’t stop playing before him. If he’s got one more in him, then so do I. Grandpa taught me to play guitar and it’s one of my favorite things to do, so that’s the rule. I also don’t quit on a flea market before him. And he pushes hard for a man with titanium knees and heart operations.
- Afternoon/Pop: Pop and I are taking off. We are going somewher. There’s a vapor trail where we just stood. He will drag me onto some busted chicken plane headed for a pyramid, on some volcano, in some jungle, in a country filled with loud music and restaurants that serve pescado entero. We will eat chips and salsa and watch soccer all day with insane Ticos. We will drive into the jungle with a map, a knife for limes, and a vague plan of attack. A plan which is so subject to change, even we don’t usually know where we’re gonna end up.
- Evening/The Boy: By the end of the day I will be wasted. My son and I will have scoured the beaches for treasures, walked trails through pine flatwoods, and thrown ladyfish back to begging dolphins, too lazy to get real jobs. We will unfold the couch into a bed and cover it with Grandma’s quilts and tickle blankets. We’ll pile into pillows, stuffies, and woobies and watch a Star Wars movie, all of which we have seen together a million times. Just like when we he was a few hours old and we watched the original together in the hospital. Laying up against me, between my arm and chest, I thought he was just about the greatest thing in the world. My beautiful boy. Then he threw up.
The next day, pop and I would drag the boy down to some jungle pyramid, and with no grandpa. Trust me, he does not want to go.
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What would be your favorite Father’s Day?