Thursday, June 23, 2011
Close to Nowhere
All the men in my life...
The national media keeps on and on about “social networking.” They mean things like Twitter (I don’t ‘tweet’) and Facebook.
I do Facebook! I love keeping up with family and childhood friends, etc. Pastor Doug at Crosspointe Christian Fellowship in Olive Branch, not only uses Facebook, he tweets and iTunes and has podcasts, etc. He’s even designing a new website. He enjoys all the new tech stuff!
He’s a great dad and has more pictures of his sons, Pacman and Coop, on his Facebook page than I do of my granddaughters.
For Father’s Day, lots of Facebook users put their dad’s pictures up in place of their profile pictures. Not as many put up pictures for their dads as they did for Mother’s Day, but there was a bunch.
For many reasons, I didn’t put my dad’s picture up. I would have put my father-in-law’s picture up if I hadn’t been too lazy to dig out all the family pictures from the cedar chest.
I loved my father-in-law dearly. The very first time I met him he hugged me. Clifford was a great hugger. He loved his family immensely and hugged everyone as often as he could.
He wasn’t worried about crying either. If he was very happy or very sad or just having an emotional moment, he’d cry. If Kris, his only grandson, had a nosebleed, he’d cry.
His son, now known as Pop, is a cryer also. Not as kind and gentle as his dad, Pop has been a great dad himself. He’d rather play with kids than just about anything. Kids always come first! He’s adopted a bunch of kids, including my youngest brother. My mother died when Danny was 14 and Danny came to live with us. To this day, Pop will introduce him as his “oldest” boy. He honestly doesn’t remember that Danny is not technically his son.
Both my brothers have been excellent uncles. Danny had endless patience with Kris and his trials when he came to live with us.
Dennis often carried Kris to car shows or Dana to the Orpheum.
Now, he gets up at the crack of dawn to watch Remy ride in her horse shows. And he even performed in one of Meredith’s Nutcracker performances as the magical uncle. Fortunately, he could walk around and didn’t have to dance!
And we’ve been lucky enough to have found another grandfather. Sonny Pryor and Clifford Jones don’t have any physical similarities.
They have the same souls though.
If you’re lucky enough to have a really good dad in your life, you’re lucky enough!
I thank God for all the good men we’ve had!
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