Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day.


The first year I played little league I sucked balls. I was so bad that I couldn't even catch a ball that was thrown at my face. I got beamed in the eye really bad before the season even started, and I spent most of that season on the bench. But despite that, my father was there.

When I first started practicing Tae Kwon Do I used to get my ass kicked so hard that my father would have to carry me up the stairs to my room because I was too sore to walk up the stairs myself.

When I was a kid my father used to stand behind the fence at home plate and watch me hit or miss. Never said one word. But never the less he was there for every game.

I blame the bastard for my fishing addiction. He took me and Billy Kelly to Verona Park once. We made home made fishing poles out of sticks, string, and paper clips. All because I was naive enough to believe that Amy Kessler caught a Tuna, in the Bermuda Triangle, with a paper clip as a hook. But that's a story for another time...

I once got into a fight with a neighborhood kid, and I caught my father watching. The good news is that I won the fight.

My father? He's a freak, just like me. The dude never whore a mitt when we used to play catch. Never.

I got hit in the head with a hockey stick once, and had blood squirt out of the side of my head as the doctor patched me up. My father was there holding my hand at the time. He told me it was water...

My father and I have had our differences. Been at each others throats a thousand times, but sfw (so fucking what). The stuff that matters to me now, and will for the rest of my life is picturing him standing behind home plate. Not any of that other bull shit!

I know my father is going to be a great grandfather. I just hope I'm half as good a father as Jack is.

25 comments:

Crashdummie said...

Awww that is so adorable…. I think?
Parents have a way of effecting us, and somehow we idolize them growing up. When we realize they are merely human, we often get disappointed. But I’m glad to hear that you are raising above it and appreciating your dad for what he was – the one being there for you.

captain corky said...

It's the least I can do Crashdummie.

gawilli said...

Thinking of you on Father's Day, Corky! I can imagine the wonderful mix of emotions you are having today. Have a good one!

What A Crock said...

Happy Fathers' Day Cap'n.

I think that you have made him so proud over the years and you're going to make an outstanding father. you know why? becuase it sounds like you had an incredible teacher. :)

You need to celebrate today man. really. THIS is the first fathers day. Sure Jr. isnt born.. but he's there... and he's smiling knowin what a kick ass dad he's gonna have. :)

Tod said...

Great post Corky. And how'd your blog flip around like that? Is it one of those space time continuum thingies?

abbagirl74 said...

Happy Father's Day! I just want you to know that your page ROCKS!!! Love the new look!

Tarrie said...

Corky, Happy Father's Day. Its so exciting that you're going to have a new little person join the family very soon! I love babies being born. I can't wait to hear more. Congratulations!

Terri said...

Great new pic on your blog and Happy Father's Day to you and your dad (it really does count for you, you know). Hope your day has been super fantastic!

Webmiztris said...

awww, sweet!

David said...

Happy Father's Day!

p.s. Tag! (David runs away laughing like a maniac!)

Cheryl said...

I bet you'll be at least 3/4 the man your father has been.

Jay said...

Good post Corky. I never knew you were so sentimental.

Just think, next year you'll be on the recieving end of a heartfelf Father's Day post from Corky Jr. I know, it seems a little early, but I have a feeling Jr. will be blogging before most other kids.

Cool new layout on the blog too.

Big Pissy said...

Corky, that was lovely.

You big old softie! ;-)

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Your Dad sounds cool. I bet he makes a wonderful Grandfather.

Lady K said...

You're my brother from another mother. You're going to be a GREAT daddy. Happy "almost" Father's Day, Cork. Have a GREAT week.

P.S. I watched some really OLD Star Treck episodes with my dad this weekend. It was a TRIP!

The Lone Beader said...

Happy Father to-be Day:)

Cazzie!!! said...

t, did you really suck balls? LOL..and, if so, how'd they taste, LMAO.

Heart Of Darkness said...

You'll do just fine! If nothing else, our mistakes teach us what not to do next time, right? ;)

Great blog!

captain corky said...

Thank you for the kind words everyone!

Canadian flake said...

I enjoyed this post a lot. Your baby will be lucky to have a dad like you...and grandfather too.

Heather said...

How sweet...and smooshie...even with the 'fuck' thrown in ;-).

You'll be a great dad.

Biddie said...

I was going to say something rude about 'sucking balls' but since this is a Fathers Day post, I'll refrain.
Happy Fathers Day.

eric said...

just the fact that you are introspective enough to care how good a father you will be means you're going to be fine.

your dad not saying a word either way. that's zen-like right there. i wish i had that patience.

Aunt Jackie said...

It's meant to be Corky... it's in the cards. Just don't sweat it, and always listen to your gut. Sounds like you got a great start, and it's in your blood. You're going to Rock!

kat said...

Very nicely done. You may have gotten me choked up a little with that last paragraph but I won't admit it.

I don't know you in person but from all the adoration you show already for your wife and your unborn masterpiece I'm certain you will be a top notch dad.