“I Will Make You Fishers Of Men”
Forty-two years ago today, my dad woke up and decided to go fishing.
My mom said, “I don’t think so.”
They went to the hospital instead and came home with me.
And just a few years later, he took me fishing.
And to soccer games. And to car shows and to boat shows and to pizza places. And when my sister’s kids were born, more pizza places.
We fought too. A lot.
I miss him a little bit more today than I usually do.
It’s bizarrely warm out now for the middle of October, so my mom and I are sitting on a bench on the boardwalk in Long Beach.
I need to be more forgiving with her. We’re all headed to the same place.
On the drive over here, I was listening to the Blues Brothers soundtrack. It was one of my dad’s top favorites and mine too of course. He labeled the blank CD after burning the album from me on his super-slow laptop many years ago.
I stared at his handwriting before pulling out of the driveway today.
As I was parking by the beach, the live version of Everybody Needs Somebody To Love started playing. It opens up with Elwood Blues saying, “…please remember people, that no matter who you are and what you do to live, thrive and survive, there’re still some things that makes us all the same. You, me, them, everybody.”
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