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Shared memories: A great Father's Day gift

Sunday, June 19, 2011

From time to time while driving to work in the mornings I like to listen to 104.5's The Wake Up Zone with Mark Howard, Frank Wycheck and Kevin Ingram.

They are very entertaining, provide a lot of sports knowledge and allow the listeners to chime in with their opinions.

I really enjoyed a segment of the show on Friday morning when Howard, along with ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsy, dedicated a portion of the show for listeners to share their favorite sports memory with their fathers.

With this being Father's Day weekend I really enjoyed hearing all the wonderful stories each listener, along with the hosts shared about their fathers. I have fond memories of sports-related events I shared with my father before he passed away as well.

Several callers talked about specific events or games their fathers took them to such as Super Bowls, World Series and other championship games.

Many shared going to their favorite college football home games on the weekends while some talked about the famous athletes they got to meet because of a connection their father had.

As interesting as all those stories were, a number of other callers simply shared how much they enjoyed the simpler times they've shared with their fathers. Playing catch in the back yard, shooting hoops on the driveway or just looking up in the stands and seeing their father at a local game they were playing in.

Those are the stories that I enjoyed the most.

As I was listening I wondered what fond memories my daughters Shelby and Jami might share about some of the times we've spent over the years.

Shelby played softball and basketball in her younger years and she and some of her close friends would always ride with me to all the high school games and a number of college games. Those are times I will never forget.

I remember the first time that she and her friends drove together to a game after they turned 16 years old. Shelbyville was playing a football game at Warren County and the drive there was different and lonely for me to say the least.

Jami, my youngest daughter, has played softball since she was 6 and I was fortunate to help coach her league and travel teams for a number of years. She is now in high school and continues to play travel ball in the summer as well as in school for the Eaglettes.

Over the years we've experienced great memories, had a lot of fun and made a lot of great friends from all over Middle Tennessee.

As you celebrate and recognize those wonderful men who have provided for you and always been there when you needed them over the years, perhaps the best Father's Day gift would be to simply share a few of the most fond memories you've had with them.

Gary Johnson
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