Stupid How I Met Your Mother episode… It was all about Marshal’s dad’s last words, and everyone was remembering their dads last words and then called their dads at the end of the episode :(
My dad’s last words: “Alright see you next weekend” I don’t remember if there was an exchange of “I love you”s or not. I had just become a band manager/pit transport guy in the marching band because my girlfriend at the time was in the color guard. There was a game the friday I was supposed to go to his house, I could had asked him to pick me up later that night or on saturday, but I asked to switch weekends because I thought it would be easier on him to not make the drive so late or pick me up on saturday and take me back sunday… he died that following wednesday
I had an interview with a company that I’d really like to work for. I did good in that interview and they are now flying me to Texas for yet another interview.
I told the important folks: my mom, friend who has been helping me out along the way, and an old best friend.
Just now I had the thought “Oh I haven’t told dad yet”. I then picked up my phone and went to my contacts to call him. I got to the D’s. Then it hit me.
never gave me any wise words to live by, no words of encouragement, some of my fondest memories are one where I’d make fun of how he said something, called something by the wrong name, or my favourite prove him wrong about computers and he’d say “Fuck you, Rat” He called me Rat, not sure why, I’m not even sure he knew why. It embarrassing when he called me that in public as a kid, but now it is something I truly miss hearing and being called.
He never gave me wise words to live by, he did tell me often “If something were to happen to me, you would be set”. He gave me a love of computers, there has never been a time in my life when I didn’t have one. His death gave me the ability to further my education in computers at a very very good school, an education that could take me anywhere in the world.
My dad never gave me wise words to live by, but he did give me a future.