The US life expectancy for American males today is 76.3 years, so I guess our Italian family has some good genes.
First, a little history about Father’s Day in the United States from Andrew Hollandbeck.
“In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recognized Father’s Day as the third Sunday in June of that year and encouraged states to do the same. Congress officially recognized Father’s Day in 1956 with the passage of a joint resolution.
Ten years later, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation calling for the third Sunday in June to be recognized as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon permanently established the observance of the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in the United States.”
I want to share a story from my childhood about my Dad. Even then I learned important life lessons that although I didn’t realize it, would impact me forever.
My Dad loves to fly kites. Up until a few years ago, he used to design and make his own kites. When we were children, my Dad made box kites for my twin brothers and myself, and taught us how to fly them. Just a few years ago he shared his kite-flying techniques on the beach in Marco Island with my granddaughters.
The kites he made us in the 1950s were constructed using a very light wood. I thought it was balsa, but now that I have asked him about it, he said that it was cedar, cut from some cedar siding that had been stored from house construction materials. He used newspaper for the body and rags for the tail. I didn’t remember this detail until I recently talked with my brother Rick, who reminded me that Dad used flour and water to make the glue used to secure the newspaper to the wood and around the string. Very resourceful! We helped put the kites together. No real expense to these kites and yet a lot of fun.
One of those times, when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, we had spent much time and effort and worked really hard to get my kite up in the air, Finally my kite was flying high and everything seemed so perfect. All of a sudden, I needed to go to the bathroom. I just let go of the kite, never thinking about the fact that it would continue flying into infinity.
Needless to say, once I saw that kite flying away with the string no longer attached to anything, I began to cry. I was devastated. That was an early lesson in life about holding onto things you want. I realized that once you let something go, it may never come back.
I still remember that experience like it was yesterday. My Dad was very comforting and I never forgot how I felt. It’s the little things in life that have so much meaning.
To my friends who no longer have their dads with them I hope your memories will last a lifetime.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment.
Ciao and Grazie.
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