20 June 2010
Happy Father's Day
My dad, Jerry Oliver, passed away from thyroid cancer three years ago. Interestingly enough, I miss the very things that used to annoy the heck out of me... specifically his need to tell me everything that is wrong with public schools today, his sarcastic remarks and his very dry sense of humor. I guess I was wrong about it being annoying, I guess I just didn't know what I had.
What I had was a dad who wanted everything I was involved in to be perfect for me. He didn't think public education was good enough for me. He wanted me to be a doctor. Guess what dad, I am working on that. It will just be a different kind of doctor than you expected! His sarcastic remarks helped me learn to be quick-witted and not to take anything from anyone. That skill has served me well. His very dry sense of humor, well, let's just say that it is an inherited trait.
My dad was a product of the 50s, served in Korea, loved to fish and to hunt. He taught my sister and I how to handle real grief and showed us what character strength looked like.
I am sure dad is in his heaven, with his dad and brother and son, fishing the day away. I hope he's having the best Father's Day ever.