A whole lot of people remember JFK on this date. He was a leader that inspired many people to reach beyond themselves and do great things. But a few folks will remember you. Like me, they valued your friendship and respected your character. And it was you that helped me gain the confidence to believe that I could do anything. JFK I did not know. But I did know you. You were my father, my birding mentor, and my friend. And for that, I am glad.
I lost you on this day 13 years ago, November 22, 2000. I had just moved back to Columbus, OH and got a job there so I could be closer to you during your final days. Little did I know that those final days would only be 2 weeks. <sigh> Your physical presence here on this planet is sorely missed. Much has happened since then. Continue reading