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A Secret I Learned from My Dad

December 18, 2018

Today would have been my dad’s birthday.

He died when I was in high school.

I inherited a lot of traits and habits from him.

A handful of years ago I got to play guitar with The Beals Brothers in a variety of venues. Great guys, great times, great memories!

One of the songs they did was a George Strait classic that goes like this —

I got sent home from school one day with a shiner on my eye
Fighting was against the rules and it didn’t matter why
When Dad got home I told that story just like I’d rehearsed
Then stood there on those trembling knees
And waited for the worst

     And he said, “Let me tell you a secret, about a father’s love
     A secret that my daddy said was just between us
     He said daddies don’t just love their children
     Every now and then
     It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end, amen”

When I became a father in the spring of ‘81
There was no doubt that stubborn boy
Was just like my father’s son
And when I thought my patience had been tested to the end
I took my daddy’s secret and I passed it on to him [Chorus]

Last night I dreamed I’d died and
Stood outside those pearly gates
When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake
If they know half the stuff I done they’ll never let me in
Then somewhere from the other side I heard these words again [Chorus]

— Today would have been my dad’s birthday.

I learned at lot from him, including some secrets.

Like the one in that song.


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