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Many years ago during the elementary school days, my father occasionally gave me rides to or from school. He was a country music lover, and it was not uncommon for him to play the radio at volumes that ... could conceivably be heard outside the vehicle, particularly with the windows open. I remember being mortified at the thought (in my limited ways of thinking) that other kids might catch me 'listening to COUNTRY music,' of all things! I was sure my life as a human being would be over. I tried every trick in the book to 'encourage' him to turn it down or off, with no more than mixed success.

I don't remember anyone ever making fun of me for 'listening to country music' in those days, so perhaps my fears were unfounded. Now, naturally enough, just a few notes of a Hank Williams or (especially!) Roger Miller song can transport me back into my dad's company, if only for a few moments, and I experience a small ache for him. And then I enjoy the music with its clear tones from my youth and my heritage.

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I guess we have all experienced some embarrassment at parental affiliations. But I don't think it was ever anything like THIS young man, named Rain, experienced at the hands of his loving father, Dale! As the story goes, Rain was embarrassed that Dale would wave at his school bus, so he implored his mom to not let him go out there any more and do that. Then, clearly undeterred, Dale stepped it up to an entirely new level. (Link is not to a lengthy video, but merely to a series of very special pictures. Worth the time! Please visit it. Or, if you prefer, there is a YouTube link for a Good Morning America interview with the ... two parties!)

(My favorite 'costume' was of Dale sitting on the toilet with his pants down and a newspaper! Hilarious!)

Of course, a love like Rain's father's will not be deterred. But there are other ways that kind of love manifests itself. My sister (a physician) told us of something one of her co-workers did, to send a clear, loving message to his son. His son was struggling in school - a failure of not adequately applying himself, not lack of aptitude. So, his dad took a day off from work and went to school to accompany his son the entire day, to every class, lunch and PE included. As you can imagine, the event was rather conspicuous, certainly more than a few muted country songs might be, for example. The teachers loved it!  A parent showing that degree of interest in and commitment to his son's education! Isn't that great?!

The young fellow had to accept it, mortified and without recourse, as the humiliation continued throughout the day. Eventually (what undoubtedly seemed like several DECADES later) the day came to a merciful close, and the boy felt he had weathered the terrible onslaught.

But then his dad delivered the clincher: 'And if I have to come back, we're holding hands.'


I never interviewed the young fellow, but I'll bet that he knows without doubt that his dad is not one to bluff. ::wink:: And that he learned completely new ways to APPLY himself as a result! Whatever challenges he faced after that, lack of motivation was surely not one of them!

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To piggyback on Tara's well-deserving nominations (yes, I peeked in the mailbox!) from cabaretic's excellent diary schooling Andrew Sullivan on bisexuality (which seems to be a Top Comments factory), I would like to submit raptavio's short, but profound, comment, also tagged by raincrow. In addition, our own brillig's comment, which highlights one of the best lines of the diary.

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11) why did it take so long?  it only took two days! by TrueBlueMajority — 79
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