STATUS: I will not be blogging for the rest of this week.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? JACKSON By Johnny Cash
(My dad’s favorite artist.)
James Carl E--
May 9, 1936-January 5, 2010
Dad, I just wanted to say thank you…
--for taking me to the library every Sunday afternoon without fail the whole time I was growing up. My passion for books began there.
--for teaching me how to sail and for all the weekends we did just that together.
--for not saying that I was crazy when I quit my job, gave up tenure, moved halfway across the country without a job prospect in sight. You just said, “you only get one life; do what makes you happy.” Well, it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life and your support made it possible.
--for living with cancer and going blind with grace, dignity, and never a complaint. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do the same but you’ve shown me how.
--for asking me to bring, of all things, your iPod shuffle to the hospital because darn it, you really needed to know how that audio book ended. And people wonder where I get that from so I want them to know that I am successful because you taught me to do my passion and it was through you that I found just that in books.
--for tolerating my football commentating so you could “see” the game but heck, that Auburn-Northwestern bowl game with its wild finish was so worth it. I’ll never forget sharing that with you.
I feel incredibly blessed that I was able to say all these things and more.
I miss you already. Rest in Peace