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Happy Father's Day
By Dave Winer on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM.

I am the spokesperson, often, it seems, for people who Have Not on days when the Haves are partying.  #

Last year, I was irritated by all the Father's Day stuff. It was my first year without one. #

I thought of it as if it were Play Catch Day in the US, and I was one of a small number of people without enough arms to play the game. #

A picture named leon.jpgOnly when it comes to missing fathers, there are lots of us. Lots of people for whom this day is a day of sadness. A day when we miss the person who fathered us. Even if he wasn't the kind of dad you played catch with. #

The last time I saw my father, we both knew he was going to die soon. He was telling me stories about the past. How he taught me things as a kid, like how to kiss. I regret not letting my feelings show then, but it had been a long time since I had done that with him, a long time since I had shown vulnerability. Now I wonder what it would have been like. I wonder. I'll never know. #

So if you're one of the lucky ones who have a father you can still talk with in the flesh, I envy you. I'd like nothing better than to spend another few hours with my father, just to say Hey what's happening. And tell him a few stories about what I'm doing and show him how my work with outlining is progressing. My dad loved outliners. I think that was the way we expressed our love for each other. Through a software product, if you can believe that. I guess that's better than nothing. #

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