With Father’s Day this weekend, some of us are feeling perhaps a bit sad as our fathers have passed away. All we have are the memories now. So if your father is alive, pull him aside somewhere quiet and tell him how much you love him, what he means to you, what he’s taught you, how special he is to you and thank him for being a good dad and a good man….it’s better than any gift or any card and as a dad myself I can tell you it will be one of the greatest days of his life hearing that from his kids or wife.
I was thinking about my own dad who passed away in an accident several years ago, and I’m glad my last memory and conversation were happy and he knew I loved him. Then with one phone call my world changed forever.
It made me think of this song called Dance with My Father. To give you a bit of background on it, and prepare you to cry and you will, the song was written by Luther Vandross in 2003. He was thinking about his dad around Father’s Day and thought back to how he felt as a kid since his dad passed away when he was only 7 years old.
He remembered what a great childhood he had, what a good man his dad was, how his dad and Mom and him would dance around the house and how he would often catch his mom and dad holding each other close and dancing to songs on the radio. He remembered how in love they were…then one day he was gone and his mom was heartbroken.
He remembered hearing her cry herself to sleep day after day and how the house never seemed happy from then on, so he would say prayers at night for God to bring his dad back so his mom could dance with him again and be happy again.
Sadly Luther passed away very shortly after this song was written.
In a tribute to him at the Grammy Awards Celine Dion sang the song in his honor and here it is. If you can stop what you’re doing for a few minutes and really watch and listen to the words, then think of your own dad.
Dance With My Father…Celine Dion for all the dads no longer with us