Sunday, December 12, 2010


... Of my Dad was actually the night of my highschool graduation. We had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants (that is no longer there...) in Jacksonville - LightHouse Grill. My entire family was there along with a few friends, and of course my boyfriend - Josh. Dinner ran a little later than expected so I had to leave early since I had to be at the auditorium an hour before. It was decided that Josh could take me and then possibly start saving seats for everyone... just as we were heading out, my Dad screamed - "Oh, and I'll join you!! I can help Josh save seats." I am sure that at this point Josh was panicking at the thought of spending any length of time with his girlfriend's dad by himself - but he hid it very well. Keep in mind - we were only 18 and had only been dating for about 3.5 months. We get into Josh's car - Josh driving, me in the front and my Dad slides into the middle of the back seat. As we began the drive, the radio kicks on and my Dad is like "Sooooo, what are we listening to? - Do you have anything good?" Josh says, "I have Queen." (Knowing that I knew all of the songs after learning them from my Dad's CD.) My Dad - "Great!! Number 5, please!!!"

Over the next few minutes I was more embarrassed (or so I thought) than I had ever been in my life. I listened in absolute horror as my Dad belted out every word to (as loud and as high-pitched as he could) on of Queen's Greatest Hits, "Fat-Bottomed Girls." I remember getting out of Josh's Taurus and thinking that Josh may run away and never speak to me again.

This is still one of my favorite (and funniest) memories of my Dad. Josh and I talk all the time about we can embarrass our kids just as well as my Dad did us. I am so thankful for the many wonderful memories I have of my Dad who was there to love, mentor, guide, teach, discipline & yes, embarrass me for 19 years.

7 years today... I love you and miss you, Dad.


Laura said...

Love you Becca. Thinking about and praying for all of you.

Cindy H said...

What a sweet memory!! Thinking of you all today.

Spencer and Emily said...

love you Becca...thank you for sharing such a sweet memory

Christine said...

What a sweet memory, so glad he knew your husband:)