This is a belated Father’s Day post. I actually celebrated Father’s Week. It began on Tuesday when Katie, Andrew, Emily, Riann and Reese came over for supper. We had to do it early since Ann and I were going to be in Dallas on Father’s Day. After we ate, I played RIANN’S CHA-CHA
for Riann. She and her Annie danced and swirled and laughed. That right there was all the Father’s Day I needed. I don’t need gifts. Cards are nice. The phone calls are really nice, but seeing my granddaughter dancing to the song I wrote for her made my day complete.
Saturday morning it was off to the river for the night to get up for Samantha’s baptism Sunday Morning in Dallas. It was a wonderful service. I can’t think of a better Father’s Day gift. She behaved beautifully. Caroline was a little wound up, but what two year old isn’t? CAROLINE wasn’t back from the studio yet. I wish could have played it for her and seen her face.
When we got home Sunday night Griffin called to tell me happy Father’s Day. Griffin doesn’t have a lot to say on the phone, but that topped my week off. When I first played GRIFFIN’S GONNA GETCHA for him, the imaginative, creative, thoughtful Griffin only said, “But I wear nice clothes!”
People ask me when I’m going to write songs for Samantha and Reese. I guess I need to get to know them a little better. It’s coming.
That brings me to my father. I think of him on Father’s Day, as I do on most days. There’s not much I can say about him that hasn’t been said. I dedicated SHAKY MAN to him. I think that says enough. It goes like this;
Shaky Man is dedicated to my father, Dr. Bobby E. Parker Sr. (1925-1999). He was the president of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX, for twenty years. Daddy was a lifelong educator, devoted to the advancement and enrichment of all. He was especially active in securing education for minorities, regardless of race, creed, color, or gender. He never met a stranger. He was my CoachDaddy. He leaned on many a ballpark fence.
That about says it all. Happy belated Father’s Day to all you fathers out there.