Monday Morning Motivation - Father's Day!

Good Monday All!

 I hope you had a great week listening to good music! I discovered over the last few days that music is truly universal. It doesn’t matter what walk of life we come from; music has influenced us all. Based on my conversations this week, most of our childhood memories and special moments have been wrapped around various songs. When we hear them, we find ourselves standing in those very memory moments again. I’ve learned from many of you that when you played your “theme songs” this week you found yourself smiling. That made me smile.  

Speaking of hearing from you, some of you tend to wait until Sunday or leave great comments via text, email, phone messages, or in person about the current or previous blog. You don’t have to. You can leave them on my site, like some of you do, throughout the week as well, so that I can incorporate some of your comments in my next post. Either way, keep them coming, I enjoy reading them. Thank you for sharing.

 Of course, I just had to play a few of Barry White’s songs several times this week. Afterward, I gravitated to Gospel singers Darryl Coley, James Cleveland and Tramaine Hawkins. While playing them, a floodgate of memories followed. Thank God for the gifts that create music!  

I digress…Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend! I hope you all have started making plans to celebrate the grandfathers, fathers, godfathers, husbands, uncles, brothers, nephews, sons and father figures in your life. For those who are grieving the loss or absence of someone this weekend, my prayers are with you. I am grateful to be surrounded by and celebrating many awesome men in my life or in my family like my husband and babies’ daddy, Leroy Williams (he has something special coming this weekend)! However, this blog is dedicated to my dad, James Upshur.

Growing up, my dad was my super hero! He was/is one of those tall, thin, hands-on, comical, cool, handsome, stylish, good-cooking, guitar-playing, church going, jack-of-all-trades, physically fit, loud, construction working, father figure to all of the neighborhood kids, “You-can-talk-to-me-about-anything,” kind of dads. Just imagine a combination of James Evans from Good Times, Tae Bo the fitness trainer, Dr. Phil, an Extreme Makeover Home Edition host with a little B.B. King or Chuck Berry throw in. Yeah, I know, that’s a lot - but so is my dad! When I was young, he would often call all of the kids in the neighborhood over to the house or outside while we were playing and make them drop and give him 30 push-ups! They all got a kick out of him spending time with them. One of my favorite “Daddy Moments” is when he studied karate in the 70s. He would come home from night classes and turn his three little daughters into his sparring partners (while making weird karate breathing and yelling noises). In his mind, I guess he thought he was the black version of Bruce Lee (but with a big afro) because he would make us stand in crazy karate poses, spin us around on the floor or slide us across the room until one of us got dizzy or needed a bandage. We didn’t care about the pain (most of the time), because we were having fun with our dad. He is now 76 years old and still does over 75 push-ups every morning! That’s my dad and there is no one else on the planet like him. I love my daddy! Now, I have a question for you that will take us into this week’s exercise.

 Exercise: Do you have a favorite Daddy Moment? If your dad is not or no longer around, what would you say to him if you could? Is there someone in your life who has been like a father figure to you? If you could choose a father to celebrate this weekend, who would it be, and why? I would love to hear your stories! However, there is no pressure to do this exercise…your choice. Looking forward to reading your answers during the week and I will reconnect with you next Monday.  

Have a great week…on purpose!