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How I want to remember my dad

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In my father's final days, he and I were alone. That is not how I want to remember him, says David Gelles. I want to remember him as the dad who would put on his Walkman and mow the lawn while screaming out Chuck Berry songs and who ate Oreos by the sleeve, writes Gelles.

(CNN)"Where's David?" my father asks me.

I told my dad it was time to take a shower and start the day.

I don't know if it's because he couldn't remember what time of day it was.

This isn't how I want to remember my dad.

I want to remember him as the dad who would put on his Walkman and mow the lawn while screaming out Chuck Berry songs.

I want to remember him as the dad who took me to my first R-rated movie when I was five years old.

I want to remember him taking me on a business trip with him, staying up late, watching "Hill Street Blues" and ordering strawberry cheesecake from room service.

I want to remember him picking me up from overnight camp because I was homesick by day three.

I want to remember him telling my mother he didn't need to ask for directions.

I want to remember him eating Oreos by the sleeve.

I want to remember him getting angry when the ball went through Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

I want to remember him taking my kids to Chuck E.

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