Sunday, June 18, 2006


My Dad is great. I don't get to see him as much as I would like because we live 4 hours apart, but we talk on the phone almost every day (sometimes 3-4 times a day). Dad raised us well. I'm not sure how he did it, but he had this odd way of keeping us in line. I was never "scared" of my dad like many sons talk about. I just never wanted to disappoint him. For example, he once told me that he really didn't care when I came home at night, but if I was out past 11:00 or 12:00, then chances are... I was up to no good. That weighed heavy on my mind as I was out running around the streets of Nashville at 10:00'ish.... I often came on home so that Dad did not have to worry. It's that type of relationship that we had... Here are some of the little things that I remember about hanging out with Pops...

-Cheering on DW on Sunday afternoons

-Swimming at the Elks Lodge and going to the Steam Room with "The guys"

-Catching Striper (Rock Fish) on Percy Priest Lake

-Deer Hunting at Land Between The Lakes (he use to make fun of me for shaking so much when I shot!)

-Dad popping my toes when I laid my feet across his lap. (I still do that today!)

-Numerous Titans games!!!

-Vandy Basketball games (I used a Turkey call to mess up the opponents free throws!)

-Working under a house when I worked for his Plumbing Company (it was hard work, but heck... I was hanging out with Pops and getting paid!)

I love yah Dad! I hope you are having a great Father's Day. I wish I could have been there. You are a GREAT dad and an even better Grandfather (P-Sam) to my boys.

You rock man!


"The Glenifer" said...

Hey Bro, that's the best thing I've ever read here. Couldn't have said it better myself! I'm a girly girl at heart, but I got my tomboy side from hanging out with Dad. My memories...

-Lots of good fishing, swimming, & camping.

-Being the only girl around who knows how to fix the toilet.

-Getting to shoot all of Dad's guns, and finding out I've got a decent shot.

-"Every gun is loaded; never point it at anyone."

-Sneaking a "goose" in on him when he gave me a quarter to scratch his back. (Still do that today. Never get a quarter anymore. The "goose" is payment enough.)

-Growing zinnias next to the house. They're still my favorite.

-Driving Lessons. (And how he needed an adult beverage after each one.)

-Going to the Birmingham Zoo. (Remember the bunny room, Ryan?)

He is pretty great, if we do say so ourselves!

Love you, Dad!


(Glen says you rock, too!)


"The Glenifer" said...

Ryan- You should be pretty proud of yourself, too! The boys are very lucky! Happy Father's Day!