Photo: Roger Aziz
I wish I had more memories of my dad. The ones I do have include him teaching me how to ride my red bike one spring afternoon-him running alongside, holding the seat to stabilize me and then letting go. I can also picture the two of us outdoors one winter night, watering a small skating rink he’d built in our backyard. Or, come summer, throwing a baseball; he never threw it too hard for me to catch.
My father passed away when I was 15. Now, more than four decades later, what I remember most are those moments when he took time out of his busy schedule to be with me and just play. I still imagine him as he was at 44, with a touch of grey in his hair.
The relationship between a father and his children is a powerful bond that helps forge identity, values and self-worth. The memoirs in this issue (“Ode to Dad”) demonstrate the kind of impact that connection can have on sons and daughters.
Readers, if you still have your dad with you, I hope our stories inspire you to reach out to him on June 15 and add to the family album of memories. You will carry it forever.