Fifteen Minutes Of Fiction Writing Gallery

My Dad: Realizations of the man I call "Dad"
Posted by Scott, Dec 2, 2010. 4014 views. ID = 4185

My Dad

Posted by Scott, Dec 2, 2010. 4014 views. ID = 4185
This post was written in 16 minutes.
This is about what I realized as I sat with my dad shortly before, and after, his recent surgery.
This post has been awarded 59 stars by 15 readers.

There's no way this frail man before me could possibly be my father. His wispy hair, sallow skin, and tired expression are not what I know my father to be. No, this is definitely not my father.

My dad is a strong man. My dad is a joker who will "ham it up" with anyone who makes the mistake of coming within a few feet of him. He has that personality that draws people in.

My dad is the guy who, when seeing that his children were being bullied in the playground, limped across the street despite having his knee in a brace to give the bullies a piece of his mind.

My dad is the one can strike fear in you with one look, then in a split second allay all fears with a smile. I can neither confirm nor deny that this scenario occurred one day in 1990 when my car broke down on the way back from Massachusetts after picking up my sister at college. Without my parent's knowledge!

My dad is the one who has dressed up time and again at my mother's request to play "The Late Great Potentate" for her Christmas plays. He is the one that imparts knowledge with a quiet word that makes you strain to make sure you hear what he has to say.

My dad is the one who bounces back from every injury, every ailment, every lightening strike (okay, so there was only one!) quicker than any doctor could imagine.

Yes, that is my dad.

But as I sit here looking into his tired eyes, I realize, this, too, is my dad. A man becoming more frail with age, more frail with each ailment.

I realize that the man I know is the man I choose to see. For to acknowledge the man I now see before me forces me to realize that my hero is, after all, a man.

Copyright 2010 Scott. All rights reserved. has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.

You must be logged in to comment on or rate this writing.

Click here to join the Fifteen Minutes Of Fiction Writing Community!

This post has been awarded 59 stars by 15 readers.

Search for Great Fiction

Use the google search bar below to find writings exclusively on this site.

Custom Search

News!    Writing Prompt    My Assignment    FAQ    Contact    Privacy Policy    Search     Terms of Use     Login