I've had the chance to hang out with my Dad for most of this year on Tuesday nights at happy hour and then friendly poker. He stepped into our regular group and everyone seems to enjoy having him there. He's a funny guy and has some good stories to tell of drinking and gambling in his youth (and beyond). He retired this year at 79 after almost 50 years at the Post Office. I have tried to take advantage of the situation by asking him about his life before the little brother and I came along. He was just shy of 40 when he married Mom and started working on a family. A few months ago, I asked him a question about his time in college and why didn't he finish. He responded that he really didn't feel like talking about it so I let it go. Last week, as we were sitting at D's for happy hour pre-game, he brought that night back up.
"Do you remember asking me something a while back and me not answering? I don't know what you asked me about in particular"
"You said something about it. That you thought we were both old enough that I should be able to answer any question you asked. You remember that night?"
"I remember it exactly."
"Well, you're right. We are old enough. Anything you want to ask me, you go ahead and I'll answer the best I can."
"Alright. I'll keep that in mind."
Alright internet friends and enemies. Given that opportunity, what would you ask your Dad? Many of you have written good and bad about your fathers over the years. Some of you have lost Dads already. What do you wish you had asked? What do you want to ask now?
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