SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Make memories with Dad now

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 04:58 PM.

The last 10 ½ months since my dad, Jim Dickson, passed away on July 30 of last year have been filled with firsts for me and my family.

My family has walked that unfamiliar path of first birthdays and anniversaries without Dad as well as the first Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s without him. And through the strength of our shared faith and our love for each other, we have, even through the tears, made it OK.

The summer of 2013 has turned to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring and, in a few days, we will be back to summer. Yes, the seasons of life, including the baseball, football and basketball seasons Dad and I loved to share, have come full circle.

It’s been tough not talking Tennessee football or basketball with Dad. I even miss the way he would pick on me, pretending to be pessimistic about our Volunteers to ruffle my feathers.

Sunday is another of those first days without Dad as we celebrate Father’s Day.

As has been the case with the other big days, this first Father’s Day without Dad will seem strange. As an adult I missed more Father’s Days being with Dad than I spent with him. But we always celebrated the day together even if only with a phone call.

I’m still trying to decide how I will celebrate — yes, celebrate — my first Father’s Day without Dad. Dad was first a Southern Baptist deacon and then preacher, so I know I’ll spend part of the day in church.

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