Before we commence Part 6, I want to correct one of my many mismouthings (WHAT?) from the last chapter.
Although I said TV Dads I meant Movie Dads for Gregory Peck.
And now, this is the Grand Finale.
I counted the number of songs left over that we did not get to play. 17 songs went unplayed!
Even after 6 of these episodes!
I wanted to do segments on Good Fathers, Bad Fathers and Fathers I Wasn’t Sure About.
Well, they took the biggest hit in the left out department.
We did get to 2 Bads and 1 Good though, and they open up this chapter.
After that, pulling no punches, for it would not be honest to ignore it after having come this far- DEATH.
It is the natural order of things that parents die before their children.
As sad as that may be, it is even sadder when it is the other way around.
And even your parents would admit to that!
I think it was a Greek philosopher who first said that you are never a man until your father dies.
But just in case, here is an OFFICIAL DISCLAIMER.
WARNING: IF YOU ARE FEELING EMOTIONALLY FRAGILE OR VULNERABLE, YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS EPISODE.
This part contains the Unresolved Issues- the unfulfilled or unfinished business between Father and Child, and Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda’s that can be very emotional.
If you feel you cannot handle it, see above.
But most of us are realistic and emotionally settled enough to accept this.
Some lyrics from a big hit song you will hear:
“I wasn’t there that morning
When my father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say.”
That is the first of the final 3 songs.
And the last song, well I have learned over the years that there is NOTHING- nada, zilch, zip, etc.- that can follow it.
So it must be the last song to end the series!
It is my deepest wish that those of you who came along for the entire journey had an interesting, sometimes bumpy ride but always fun.
It is strange, but even the sad parts of this series can somehow fill a need.
It is as if we want to do this to ourselves- it hurts but fills a hole. That’s the way I feel anyway.
To all, thank you for listening.
We will be taking more of these thematic trips together.
Here's the link to our final word on Fathers for now, at WLSO.FM: