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“I’ll have a Coke with no ice.”
I must have heard Dad order that drink at restaurants hundreds of times. Literally. It has always struck me as funny that he did not drink Coke at home.
He drank Pepsi
Dad loved Pepsi. Loved it. This is something I have adopted from him. I do not drink coffee. I drink diet soda. Dad would have a Pepsi in the morning and keep drinking it right through dinner. And people knew this about him. They loved this about him.
The Mater told me this week that she was out visiting his grave with my sister. As they got close to the headstone, they saw something that seemed out of place.
It was not.
It was perfectly in place.
Someone had left Dad a two liter of Pepsi.
What a lovely gesture. Dad would have appreciated it. He was a man who did many wonderful things – many, many, many.
Dad was many wonderful things himself. And he did wonderful things for me.
I am the father I am because of the father he was.
I have written much about my dad over the course of the years. I remind myself that I am one of the (many, I hope) lucky ones who had a great relationship with his father, one that I reflect on and treasure, one that taught me who I was and who I could be. I remind myself that our relationship was special.
I remind myself that I am the father I am because of the father he was.
He encouraged me. He counseled me. He challenged me. He corrected me. He laughed with me. He teased me. He supported me. He taught me. He inspired me.
He loved me.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I am glad you can celebrate it with a Pepsi.