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What I did for Memorial Day

Posted by Richard on May 31, 2005

I talked with my dad this weekend. That’s not unusual; I call him or he calls me most weekends. He’s 89, so there’s no telling how many more conversations we’ll have.

He wasn’t a very good father — occasionally a bit abusive and otherwise always quite distant. For most of my adult life, I returned the favor by being distant (both physically and emotionally) myself. But with age came first a "water under the bridge" attitude, then forgiveness, and eventually love.

My dad was a career Army officer who served in both WWII and Korea. This weekend — for the first time — I said something to him that I should have said many times.

I thanked him for his service.

We both got pretty choked up. It felt real good.

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