It’s an old adage but “Time and tide wait for no man” which basically says “do it now and don’t wait around, big stupid... cause it might be too late later on” made a lot of sense over the week.
My Dad had his second major surgery within the last four years and each time the odds weren’t stacked in his favor. Luckily for us all, he made it through again and is setting new records for recovery time. Although a little grumpy because he’s ready to be outside in blue jeans and not a hospital bed in a gown. He’s a true tough guy in the John Wayne sense. Dad admired him so much so that I was named after John Wayne...(figure it out) and he was also heavily involved in the rodeo when he was younger so it is a fitting comparison.
Although I had no major confessions the night before his surgery, it was a wake up call to remind him that how much he means to me. He was (and still is) a very hard worker all of his life and did so to make sure that we could pursue whatever we wanted. This ideal seems like common sense but this kind of Dad is probably in the minority these days. When I was a teenager, I thought that his daily routine starting at 5 am was something that must’ve been a complete chore to stomach... I couldn’t get my head around it.... I just wanted to play music and be a full-time doofus. Of course as I got older, I realized that having the means to support the ones that you love is a privilege as a father and husband... you love doing it.
As I’m sitting here in his hospital room while he’s asleep, he looks small in the bed but there couldn’t be a bigger than life person in the world. Once he’s released from the hospital, it’ll take an Act of Congress to keep him from tending to the yard... I’m sorry, his yard.
All of this being said, I suggest you take a minute to let your loved ones know how you feel about them. Usually it’s too late when the thought comes so now is the time...