I spent quite a bit of time wondering about the blogosphere today reading people's posts. I hadn't visited Nick Malik's blog in awhile and was sad to learn that he recently lost his father. In addition to Robert Scoble's recent posts about his mother's passing, I got to thinking that I should make a phone call 'back east' and have an extended chat with my best friend: my dad. And that I did.
My father turned 74 last month and is in excellent health. In fact, he looks about 10 years younger than he really is. He owned small retail stores in my hometown over most of his career (this was in the pre-Wal-Mart days when that was more possible than it is now) and stayed retired for about a week because it drove him crazy to sit around the house. Now, he delivers flowers for a local florist 2 days per week to have something to do in addition to irritating my stepmother or walking their dog...:)
Nick and Robert's situations (particularly Robert's sharing of what was happening with his mom and how he felt about it) really reasonated with me. We think that our parents will be around forever, and while we know deep down that isn't true, we at times don't take advantage of our opportunities to tell them how much we love and continue to learn from them.
Father's Day is next Sunday in the US. I'm headed back to Wisconsin next weekend to share the day with my dad and my two daughters. I can't think of any better way to spend the day.
Tell your folks that you love them. Very often.