Father’s Day Postscript

If you’re a dad, I hope it went well. For me, everyone basically left me alone on the couch all afternoon to ice my right ankle which I rolled badly while running a trail yesterday morning and to rehydrate after crashing and burning in the rising morning heat somewhere around mile eight.

Man, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Consigned to the couch, I watched the US Open. I don’t play golf and rarely watch it, but I was trapped. But it became interesting and even mildly dramatic, going down to the final hole before a winner was decided. Maybe my sudden tolerance for the sedateness of the sport had something to do with having just read this little father-son tearjerker.

For me, it’s not the anniversaries or holidays when I miss my Dad the most.

It’s when I have a question, like: How do I install a ceiling fan without burning down the house?

Or: How do I be a good daddy?

There is nothing but silence, though, and I plod on.

  1. Mike the Eyeguy

    In all fairness, I should point out that FIL (Father-in-law) has helped me more than once with the ceiling fan quandary.

    He’s even taught me to appreciate golf a little more.

  2. Hal

    You weren’t wearing your special Nikes were you? Seems like you could sue them for big bucks if your ankle is in bad shape. But alas, it’s not as bad as losing your pants at the dry cleaners. So, I guess you can’t collect the big bucks on this one.

    Sorry you had a “lame” Father’s Day.

  3. Mike the Eyeguy

    Hal–Thanks for the thoughts. In contrast to our hyperlitigious society, I don’t hold Nike responsible.

    Even an articulated Air-sole unit, forefoot Zoom Air and a full-length Pylon midsole with shank stability bar are no match for a well-placed rock.

  4. Alan gable

    I’m with you on the times when you miss the paterfamilias. I think that is normal, at least I hope it is. Ceiling fans are sneaky. Ground wires, green wires, copper plates…..ugh.
    Anyway, I enjoy reading the things you write. Hope you heal quickly.

  5. Mike the Eyeguy

    “Ceiling fans are sneaky.”

    Yes they are! And don’t even get me started on garage door openers.

    Alan, thanks for the well wishes and the patronage.

  6. Charlie

    You showed the requisite toughness of a Team Wannabe member by continuing to run after the ankle roll! Our Father’s days were much the same. A long run followed by church and the Open. Not a bad day. See you next Sunday.

  7. Mike the Eyeguy


    Thanks for coming back for me. 🙂 Even Dave slowed down long enough to check on me!

    And how about that Clay and his truck! Best finishing kick I’ve had in a long time.

    Team Wannabe members are competitive on race day. But when someone goes down in the woods, their motto is: “No runner left behind.”

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