Remember taking me to Scotty’s for Rootbeer floats?
Remember when you held me while the doctor
burned the warts off my finger?
Remember how I stole your car when I was 16 and lied about it?
Remember when you closed the trunk on my head
and it almost made you pass out?
Remember when you would cry with me after you spanked me?
Remember when Kelly and I used to run around the house
after getting out of the bathtub wearing only towels as capes
and singing the Batman theme song?
Remember going to Indian Princess meetings with me where
they named you Big Thunder and I was Little Lightening?
Remember taking me on “date night” to the ice skating rink?
Remember when you went out of town and I filled the Jacuzzi
with a jumbo box of Mr. Bubble?
Remember driving me to the indoor pool for swim practice
at 5:00 am every morning before school?
Remember when you would put Santa’s ashy footprints
by the fireplace for us to find every Christmas morning?
Remember when you built us that playhouse in Kokomo?
Remember how it was my job to sit behind you
in the car and rub your neck on long drives?
Remember how we went to Luby’s after Mom died,
and we told stories about her and laughed and cried?
Remember when I gave you the Mumps?
I remember too, Daddy.
Happy Father’s Day.
I love you!