Books -- reading and writing.
Home, cooking, the weather.
And whatever connections I can make between these chapters of my life.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy birthday, Dr. Jack!

For a couple of years, on this day, I've posted the same piece about my dad.
He was a character. He was entertaining, irreverent, brilliant.

I was going to write something new this year.
Something about him teaching his kids so much. How to dance, pray, debate, tie our shoes not in double-knots. He taught me to drive his jeep over the levee, clean a fish, back up a boat trailer.

But instead of writing a thoughtful blogpost, today I'm thinking about my trip this weekend to Houston. To talk to kids and their teachers on a panel of writers about our debut books, at the Tween Reads Festival.

I think Daddy would understand.
And I think he'll really smile down when I write that book about fishing.

If you care to read my previous thoughts about Dr. Jack, CLICK right here, please.


Leslie Davis Guccione said...

Hold the phone. You can back up a trailer, too? We have so much in common! And you've always made me wish I'd known your father.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Lovely post, Gusty. Our fathers sound similar. Life-loving, involved in everything, lots of hobbies, very smart. :-)

Unfortunately, mine left this world much too early, when I was only 14.


Anonymous said...

I have wanted to post something like this on my site and you have given me an idea. Cheers.

Augusta Scattergood said...

Don't expect me to back up a trailer these days. But I used to be quite good at it.
Kimberley- we have to keep the stories alive, don't we.
Thanks for commenting, you two.