SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Make memories with Dad now

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

He didn’t fish or golf, so I doubt I’ll be fishing or golfing Sunday. Dad was a Philadelphia Phillies fan and the Phillies play the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. If I can get the game on TV or the web, I’ll watch it and pull for the Phillies just for Dad.

Dad loved funny movies — especially ones about crazy dysfunctional fathers — so I’ll see if I can find something with Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold or a Robin Williams or Steve Martin movie to have a laugh for Dad.

Since losing Dad I’ve had numerous friends tell me how he impacted their lives. Jim Dickson was my dad, but he was a coach and mentor to many young men he coached or taught in Sunday School.

I always thought of him as a great man, but others have said they thought of him that way, too. Jim Dickson was a common man with a rare grace and uncommon greatness that allowed him to touch many people's lives.

I challenge each son and daughter reading this column to — if possible — reach out to your dad this weekend and celebrate a relationship worth keeping or saving.

Make memories that are pure gold so that with each passing year you will have treasured memories to hold to long after “Dad, Pop, Paw or Father” is gone.

I know bittersweet tears will flow Sunday, and each will serve as a reminder of how blessed I am to have such a special Dad.

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