Shirt brings back memories of dad
Last week, my wife and I went out to eat. As I was getting ready for our date, I was looking for a shirt to wear and I noticed one that belonged to my late father Bernie E. Collier. I was amazed at the condition of the shirt. It had been hanging up in the closet for six, seven, however many years. It was nice, pressed, wrinkle-free and ready to wear.
When my dad had his shirts ironed, he had them heavily starched. It always made me giggle how stiff his shirts were, but it turned out he had his clothes ready to wear any time he decided to wear them. I remember him keeping his hair straight, shaving every day and looking his best as he went to work.
My dad did those little things that he and my mom stressed I should do, but being young I didn’t really get the full message. I heard the words but didn’t always listen. As I’ve gotten older, I’m starting to learn and appreciate more why dad was so focused on looking his best. He worked long hours without taking much time off. He wanted to look and be professional. He took pride in himself and was a great provider.
It didn’t take me long to realize his long hours at work wasn’t him putting his job ahead of his family. It was him putting a roof over his family. He was very committed to us, and he and mom worked as a team.
When parents tell you things and try to set examples, they are laying a foundation for you to build from. They are establishing a name you can be proud to have and a name that earns respect with everyone you come in contact with.
They are teaching life lessons and giving advice because they love you and want you to succeed. I’m very proud to have had the father I had. My siblings and I couldn’t have asked for any better.
With Father’s Day coming Sunday, I just want to give a tip of the cap to all those dads working hard to make life great for their families. You deserve it.
To my late father, who is still with us looking on from above, we love you, we miss you and thank you.
Andy Collier is the sports editor at The Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-4241 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.