Loves From My Father

As Father’s Day is this weekend, I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on the things in my life that I love because my father loved them first. These are the things I carry from him, and always will.

1. Comic Books

When I was 6 or 7, my father gave me his old comics that he had kept from when he was growing up. And the rest is history. This was the good stuff. Avengers #2, Amazing Spider-Man #42, Fantastic Four #33, and so many more! I fell in love immediately and read them all over and over again until they were in tatters. I pulled out the pin-up pages and taped them to my bedroom wall and imagined that a bookworm/wallflower like myself could one day do great things. There was a time that I felt my father should not have given these valuable collectibles to a child to destroy, and maybe he should have waited until I was older. But now I realize that I was exactly the right age to fall under the spell of my nerdiest of obsessions.

2. Star Trek

Yes, I watched Star Wars too, and I loved it, but nothing can ever compare in my mind to the sprawling utopian future of peace, racial harmony, and scientific exploration laid out for me by the crews of the various U.S.S. Enterprises. I love the original series, I love Next Generation, and I love Deep Space Nine. I also like Voyager and Enterprise, although I must confess to not having seen every episode of those last two. Luckily my father has every episode of every series on VHS, lining his basement walls with shelves upon shelves of pure sci-fi joy.

3. The Red Sox

Let me just say that I do not care about sports at all. Why anyone would want to sit around and watch other people play games and have fun is beyond me. But I do care deeply about the Boston Red Sox. I am happy when they win, and I am sad when they lose. So I am usually sad. But somehow, despite my indifference to professional sports, I do feel like I am a part of something bigger when I hear about how the Sox did last night.

4. Puzzles

Every time I visit my dad, he hands me some Sudoku, Kakuro, or logic puzzles that he has done on a separate sheet of paper and saved for me to do. He is always doing crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and brain teasers. One time Simone and I found a partially completed jigsaw puzzle on a table at a game store, and we sat there for an hour and finished it. Thanks Dad!

I could go on, I’m sure. I could talk about his music and song-writing, or his love of reading, but I have to save something to write about next year!

Posted in Comic Books, Puzzles, Red Sox, Star Trek.

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