Gut Rumbles
 

October 22, 2006

Interesting Question

Originally published March 16, 2004

"What do you want your son to remember about you?"

That came from my comments and I'm happy to answer that question. I want my son to remember me as the man who always kept the booger-man away when he was frightened. I want him to remember me as the one who taught him to throw a football, the one who taught him to catch and the one who told him to rub some dirt on his wounds when he fell down crying.

I want him to remember me as the one who taught him to cut a green stick to roast hot-dogs over an open fire in the woods ("Make sure it has a fork on it") and I want him to remember the ghost stories I told at night. I want him to remember my favorite line that I always used when I spun outrageous yarns designed to frighten kids around a campfire: "Look at this face. Would I lie to you about something like that?"

"YES! That's what you do best!"

I want him to remember the times I tucked him in at night and cooked him my famous Lumberjack Breakfasts in the morning. I want him to remember the times I announced, "Oops! I just tripped," and fell on him for some hugs and wrestling.

I want him the remember how proud I was of that BEAUTIFUL kickoff return he made last football season. I want him to remember how we practiced spelling tests. I want him to remember me reading him the first three Harry Potter books at the kitchen table before the divorce.

I want him to remember me with love.

That's all I ask.

Comments

and I Hope Quinton remembers all of those things. I wonder how he's doing.
Thanks for posting this.
Dawn

Posted by: Dawn on October 23, 2006 06:04 AM

I suspect he does.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on October 23, 2006 09:21 PM

Reading this sure does tug at my heartstrings.
I still can't believe he is not with us anymore.

Posted by: Cindi on October 24, 2006 04:28 AM

Me either, Cindi...

Posted by: Stevie on October 24, 2006 06:33 AM

Gottdamn, I wish I'd a known him ....

Posted by: Erica on October 25, 2006 01:49 PM
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