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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Happy Father's Day - Matthew W. Turcotte
My own father is still alive and kicking as of now, and he’ll be turning 66 later next month, making him almost 35 when I was born. I can’t imagine that he and my mother having their final child (and only son) at the age of 35 must have been easy for him, especially given that he had two daughters years before I was born. And I certainly did not make things very easy on him, as him and I are nothing alike. I hate to paraphrase an old Donny and Marie Osmond song here, but he was a little bit country, and I was a little bit rock and roll. And, I imagine that when I was younger, he and I used to have terrible, terrible fights growing up. But the one thing that I can honestly say is that despite all of our fights, disagreements, and shouting matches, he has always been there for me, and I imagine that he will continue to be there as long as he is able to.
But what about all of those people who are absolutely indifferent to Father’s Day, or see Father’s Day as a painful reminder of what they have lost? I imagine that a day like today must be quite difficult for them, especially if their father has passed away. My deepest condolences go out to anybody who has lost a father.
In this edition of the Sunday Jukebox, I thought that I would post a song that is related to everything that I have said about fathers in this post so far. In my case, it deals with fights and conflicts that I have had with my father over the years. But in other instances, it provides a bit of a melancholic feel because the song is about a man who has recently lost his father who never got a chance to tell him how he felt. As a result, the man has lost the chance to ever get some sort of closure with his father.