SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: My hero, my dad, Jim Dickson, is turning 80

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM.

The passing of years is part of life — and all of us must eventually say our earthly good-byes to those we love.

A selfish part of me would love to turn back the clock to when I was in my late teens and Dad was in his mid-40s so we could enjoy those special moments that only fathers and sons share. Deep down, though, I know that is foolish thinking, as the richness of the passing years have brought a depth to our relationship neither of us could understand in 1976 or 1977.

Yes, my dad will be 80 on Sunday and I wish I could be with him and my mom in DeLand to help celebrate his big day.

Nevertheless, every day in our relationship, we celebrate that special bond that will forever unite us.


Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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