Although I was born two weeks before his 33rd birthday, I didn't have the closest relationship with him. He didn't warn me about boys or teach me how to drive. He didn't walk me down the aisle either time I got married. He didn't even get to meet my husbands.
But he did teach me how to bowl and how to program a VCR to tape his Kung Fu movies. He loved music, scary movies and comedy. Some of my best memories of him are when he took the family to the drive-in or movie theatre. To this day, whenever I hear the Wehrenberg jingle, I get a little nervous thinking that a scary movie is about to start but I quickly smile because it's just a mini memory of my Daddy. I probably got my love of music, comedy and travel from Daddy. He used to be a DJ and whenever he was spinning records, he always had a big smile on his face. He introduced me to the comedy of Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy. He took us with him on his bowling tournaments out of town which gave me my love to get away from it all, even if it was just for the day.
I don't have any other pictures of him but this one. I wish I had taken more pictures with him. I wish I would've asked him more questions, gotten SOME kind of advice on how to deal with this thing called life. Instead, I'm happy to be blessed to have the time I had with him.
Until all of these memories came flooding back today, I didn't realize how much I love and miss my Daddy.
I love you Eddie Lee Hamilton. Always.
Happy Father's Day