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126/365 – An Open Letter To Dad
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126/365 – An Open Letter To Dad

Dear Dad,

A few nights ago, when I went to the gym, I realized I am my father’s son for two reasons.  One, because I went to the gym in the first place.  Trying to stay healthy.  I even went swimming.  I remember when we lived in Elkhorn and you would do laps in the pool after work.  You always wore snorkeling gear.  I always thought that was funny/weird — even as a kid.  You’ve maintained your health and I can’t tell you how much I admire that.  A man of your age being in the shape you are in is something to really work towards.  It’s pretty awesome. Cycling 30 miles a day.  Going to the gym.  Eating healthy.

I’m even reading a bunch of novels and short stories I don’t think I would have even tried if not for you.  Mom gave me a book of short stroies a long time ago and I’m finally reading them.  Tolstoy . . . Who would’ve thought.  You – that’s who.  Don’t look around so sheepishly.  You reader you.  Coochie coochie coo! . . . sorry.

I digress.  Secondly, I realized I’m like you because when I was done swimming, it took me 10 minutes to find my locker . . . I couldn’t find it for the life of me.  I panicked and roamed the locker room inserting my key into any lock that looked like mine – which is stupid because I bought a gym lock which is black and says the name of the gym on it . . . and EVERYONE has one.

Dad . . . does this crap get better – or is it something I have to deal with FOREVER?  You gave me my genes, but do they have to start taking effect this early.  Aren’t senior moments at my age re-donk-u-lous?  That’s a term we kids use.  It mean ridiculous . . . I know, Dad, crazy. There’s so much I have to teach you about crazy kid language — but I’d rather you teach me some crazy Dad language first.  Like AARP and naps.  Of course, you never do those things because you’re like a young man and the AARP isn’t in your vocabulary.  Of course, if you can tell me how not to have Dean moments – which don’t seem to be restricted to age – the ones where I forget some minor detail and it flips me out – I’d appreciate it.

When I finally found my locker, I told the guy changing next to me how stupid I felt — I had to get it off my chest . . . He laughed and then hurried to the weight room. It was probably because I was standing there talking to him naked.  We both forget things – we’re so silly.

Like father like son . . . some day I hope I can do this with you . . .


Love, your son,



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